Can you believe High Point Market has already come and gone? The Disneyland for designers was a whirlwind adventure for our team, and what I imagine to be just as cool and chaotic for everyone else who attended. Between the rainy days, cocktail parties, and missions to find the next best thing, we kept our eyes peeled for trends that excited us and that we could apply to our own projects back in California. Here are the three that prevailed.
When Pantone announced that Greenery was the color of the year, there was a lot of indifference. I mean, green can be used everywhere, but was it really worthy enough to be recognized as the color that designers flocked to? Well, touring the showroom spaces at High Point, it seemed as if the peeps at Pantone were right (again). Green seemed to be on everyone’s mind this market season, with shades all across the spectrum.
Deep, rich emerald showed its beautiful face on velvety upholstery, while shades of sage graced bookshelves as vases and ornamental props. Pops of Kelly and Hunter green danced on sofas as plush throw pillows, and even glassware got involved. Lamps featured speckled green coloration, giving off a radiant and fresh burst of light. Rugs incorporated the color via abstract brushstroke-like swirls and ribbons, while other manufacturers opted for geometric, patterned variations. All we know is that Greenery definitely proved its point, and it’s here to stay.
We’ve always been proponents of wall coverings, even when they weren’t exactly en vogue. Now, they’re everywhere and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Gone are the days of your standard floral or stripe. Our peepers honed in on metallic, textured versions, some that mimicked fabrics and textiles, and others that tricked you into thinking they were different materials like wood or metal. Some showrooms offered contemporary wall coverings featuring modern motifs, shifting swirls, and color as far as the eye can see, while more traditional wall coverings took an ornamental approach, offering rich shades of color paired with contrasting patterns to spice up an entry way or powder room.
While some were a bit out there, they can totally work in real life, too. Balance a loud and proud wallpaper pattern with neutral colors and a tone-on-tone approach to your upholstery and decor, or use wallcoverings as a soft, muted backdrop and use your color card on brightly saturated chairs, sofas, and ottomans, or a fun headboard. The vote is in, and wall coverings are ready to take their rightful place as a design must-have.
Last but certainly not least, statement lighting was the name of the High Point game this market season and we could not be more impressed with the offerings we feasted our eyes on. At some point you have to think to yourself, “It’s all been done and thought of, hasn’t it?”. Or has it?
We were heart-eyed exploring the different metallic finishes, bright bulbs, soft glows, and unique forms that the lighting showrooms debuted, and some of our favorite collections came back around with even more beautiful and jewel-like lighting offerings (we’re looking at you Kate Spade). Now that we know our lighting can be as pretty as our fun tassel earrings, we’re ready to sprinkle it into every project from now on.
Did you hit the streets of High Point Market? What were some of your favorite finds. Let us know in the comments below!
Images via Clara Haneberg of Traditional Home and 42nd Street Design.