2019 Spring High Point Market Round Up
High Point Market, according to Wikipedia is “the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, with over 10 million square feet by roughly 2000 exhibitors throughout about 180 buildings.”
It is Intense. Overwhelming. Fun. Energizing and Energy Zapping.
All over the course of five days.
Going to High Point Market with my favorite assistant (husband) Ernie lightens the mood of this vast trade show quite a bit as you can see!
On it’s own, I love this show for all the design inspiration ---which is in abundance.
One of the reasons to use an Interior Designer versus a retail showroom is that you will get a personalized, unique look that can’t be replicated ---at least not without a lot of work and research! Designers have access to “Trade Only” shows like High Point Market, which showcase the best and most unique designs in furnishings, lighting and accessories.
Without further ado, here’s my round up of the top interior design trends at the Spring 2019 show:
1. Spring is in the air and it showed: Green, green everywhere!
Besides being appropriate for Spring, green, to me is such a “happy” color. I really don’t think you can have too much green. It’s a perfect compliment to oranges, terra cottas and purples. Turquoise contains blue and green and therefore works great with bright greens as well. When you are pulling a room together using green, think of what works in nature: blue sky, yellow sun and green grass!
2. The biggest trend I saw in interiors is the use of Natural Elements.
Furnishings using natural forms reflect the natural world and I think are very calming.
A word of caution---don’t overdo it! One sheepskin ottoman or one tree root end table is more than enough for any room. The judicial use of these impactful designs makes for a nice surprise when you walk into the space.
a. Tree trunks and tree roots in furnishings and as sculpture
I really love the craftsmanship and artistic hand that shows off nature’s natural forms. Using a tree root console table or sliced tree trunk drinks table adds texture and warmth to any room, whether it is in the traditional, transitional or modern style.
b. Sheepskin on furniture.
Getting out of bed onto a sheepskin rug in the morning is like stepping on a cloud—what a great way to wake up!
A furry ottoman adds a bit of fun to a dressing room or bedroom and a sheepskin throw pillow breaks up the typical bed or sofa arrangement.
c. Animal hides--- on furniture, on flooring and on books.
Hides add warmth and texture to any room.
d. Stones as wall art, sculpture, lighting and furnishings.
Usually a gallery wall consists of paintings and other framed artwork. An exotic stone as part of the display adds interest, color and breaks up all the hard frame lines with a natural shape. I love the movement, color and texture created by natural stone table tops and seeing light glowing through marble, whether in a light fixture or in a bar counter never gets old.
3. Marquetry on furniture & accessories
The details in this furniture are created when pieces of the main wood veneer are cut out to receive matching sections of another material: wood veneers, mother of pearl, bone, turtle shell. The patterns and workmanship are fascinating.
Using rope is a great way to add a nautical flavor to a home’s décor and therefore is obviously a perfect material to use for a beach house or river home. The texture and simplicity of roping is relaxing in it’s own way ---using rope décor accessories automatically takes me back to restful waterside vacations. The Jamie Young showroom had some great examples of what you can do with rope!
5. Color and Pattern are back! Hip Hip Horray!
Personally, I am so glad to see a move away from the solid Belgium linen neutrals that have predominated interiors. Pattern adds interest and brightly colored pattern adds pop to any space –even on a cloudy day, of which there have been many lately!
Jamie Young’s turquoise pebble box on the Ghee side table. Chelsea House’s bright yellow vases were accented with the bright white tree root inspired console table and saturated teal walls.
What do you think about these trends and which ones would you bring into your home or workspace?