Here at pictureframes.com we are lucky to call High Point, North Carolina our home base. A small town, making up one third of the Piedmont Triad that is known, quite famously, for being the furniture capital of the world! Twice a year, the greatest minds and makers in the furniture and home décor space flock to our provincial corner of North Carolina for Furniture Market, to peruse the season’s offering and make purchases for shops and design clients across the world.
So I took the opportunity to join in the fun and report back to our own incredible community of Creators what I learned and discovered? Here are the trends I spotted at the Fall 2017 High Point Furniture Market:
Design You Can Feel
Beyond any specific color or style emerging, one overwhelming insight that revealed itself during this market is texture is key in trending design right now. With the continuing popularity of neutral color palettes designers are looking to add character with yarns, resins, gessos, and naturally textured materials, rather than big, bold color. You can find this in extra fringe detailing an arm chair or patterned sideboards. Daring to mix and max textures is the new bold way to create depth and sophistication in a space.
In the showroom above there are differing textures in almost every piece of furniture. The lighting, mirror molding, small round table, wardrobe, and even the railing caught in the bottom right corner, all add depth and feeling to the showroom to balance out the crisp, monochrome shades of white.
Pops of Color
In keeping with the neutral palettes, overall the most present color tone is somewhat chalky or what I have termed “plaster-y.” Not to be confused with pastel! But more in the vein of a muted take on jewel tones. This trend seems to rise out of the popularity of classic, clean whites and adds texture almost within a color. It is as if the pops of color were muted down to fit better within a neutral space.
Note the chalky, muted tones of the green in this showroom by Highland House
There is a chalk, plaster texture to the sectional, coffee table, and artwork in this Thomasville Furniture Showroom
But, market is not completely devoid of color! Where colors do pop, there are a few shades reigning supreme:
Navy was used frequently to bring some contrast and dimensions to heavily white spaces. It’s a sophisticated, pretty pop of color without veering way out of minimalist, monochrome design.
The 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery, seems to be having a lasting affect. Similarly employed as a way to add accents and pops of colors to a space, rich forest greens and warm, almost gold olive tones feature heavily in pillows, rugs, and more.
Green accents in a Thomasville Furniture space
In an even bolder accent, Highland House accents this showroom with a warm olive, almost gold wall.
I can’t say I’m surprised, as it seems gray has truly infiltrated all of interior design of late. Perhaps because it is quite literally the gray area between the stark whites and blacks that are also popular in minimalist design, it is a softer choice that still looks clean but provides contrast to modern, monochrome design.
Minimalist gallery wall with plenty of white space in the Four Hands showroom
Also a lot of the art suggests motion, movement, life. Beyond abstract lines, curves and swirls, this motion is also built by motifs of wildlife. Dramatic photography of wildlife, people and performers in motion added drama and depth to many of the beautiful spaces I saw.
Motion, drama, and depth created by heavily contrasted black and white imagery in the Wendover Art Group showroom
I could hardly believe how much multiples have taken showroom walls by storm! Splitting a piece of art into two, three, or even many more frames arranged side by side with no space in between has become, seemingly, the new gallery wall.