Though designers and editors are scouting the latest in home decor all year round, twice a year this trend-hunting goes into overdrive, as we visit the biannual High Point Market, the world’s largest furniture fair and a showcase of what’s to come in design. From fabrics to furniture to fixtures and fittings, it’s all on display in High Point, and, though we’re never ones to stick to trends, per se, there are always a few themes we can’t help but notice. Fresh off our flights, we’re here to tell you what you’re about to see everywhere. Trust us.
Nods to Nature
Tables made from petrified wood; pendants woven with branches; stools covered in coconut shell beads: Everywhere we looked this market we saw nods to the natural world. At Bernhardt, the backs of chairs were covered in a pattern meant to mimic the look of a field of wheat. At McGuire, guest designer Nicole Hollis used a weed called lampakanay (yes, it’s as fun to say as it sounds) to give an organic look to mirrors and furniture.
In keeping with the organic theme, many furniture companies are showcasing new, lighter finishes for wood items (like on the dining table shown above). These washes better play up the wood grain and provide a striking contrast to bolder upholstery. Still love your walnut or teak furniture? Fear not: Mixing is a big “do.”
Alas, it seems the infamous Millennial Pink isn’t going away anywhere soon. Splashes of the dusty hue cropped up all over market, from upholstery to drapery to rugs. It shouldn’t come as such a surprise: After all, pink has long been thought to have a relaxing effect, and many designers turn to a light shade of the hue for the flattering glow it casts. Designer Thomas O’Brien, for example, is partial to Benjamin Moore’s Tissue Pink.
A pop of loud color or bold wallpaper behind your headboard? Next. “Instead, try to elevate the space as a whole with a subtle textured wallpaper. It’s enough to add that pop you want, but with a better sense of cohesiveness that doesn’t overdo it,” explains Lauren Evans, an elite designer at Decorist.
Equally Bold Art
It’s only fitting that a wider palette for wallcoverings should go hand-in-hand with a keener eye for art. And yes, that means saying goodbye to your “live, laugh, love” signs, please. “Signs like ‘dream’ or ‘romantic’ make your room feel the exact opposite—any room with those signs is not a dream,” says Decorist celebrity designer Jonathan Rachman. (For the record, we wholeheartedly agree.) Instead, he urges people not to fear colors and patterns on their walls. “Commit to a wallpaper you love, and yes, you can put art or photographs on that wallpaper,” he explains. Doing this will create a room that feels uniquely yours, and not store-bought.
“With almost all trends we’re seeing in 2019, simplistic and minimal is no more. Instead, embellished, hand-crafted and maximalist is on the rise,” says Jonathan, who emphasizes that she’s especially seeing this in the kitchen space. That means a lot less subway tile and much more painted backsplashes. “The same goes for hardware,” she adds. “The modern look of chrome, brass, and rose gold hardware will be replaced with leather pulls in different shapes and sizes.”
Take, for example, Eddie Ross’s latest line of hardware for Addison Weeks, which he debuted at High Point. The brass hinges, knobs, and pulls are textured to look like bamboo. (Bonus for incorporating the organic trend, too, Eddie!). Our friend Natalie Kraiem also extolled the look of chunkier kitchen hardware earlier this year.
Color, Color, Color!
“For years, kitchens have been minimalistic and simple, clean, and almost clinical,” says Decorist celebrity designer Tamara Honey. “Now, we’re seeing a wave of more personalized kitchen designs, ones that feel collected and blend seamlessly with over living spaces in the home,” she explains. “Think: vintage rugs, open or glass cabinets with cookbooks, collected dish wares and other pieces from travel.”
“A kitchen trend I’m ready to see out the door is matchy-matchy metal finishes,” says Decorist Celebrity Designer Max Humphrey. “I know some designers insist on the faucet matching the hardware and the light fixture finishes and the barstools, but I like a mixed-up look,” he says. In a recent project, Max used a polished nickel faucet with satin brass knobs on the cabinetry. “Guess what? It looks awesome,” he says. “Bonus points if you can mix in a third metal finish without the space looking totally haphazard.”
Gone are the days of scooping up a single living room set (or bedroom, for that matter) and calling your decorating done. “Unless you want your living room to look like a showroom, matching furniture is generic and boring,” says Jonathan. Instead, he says to make your living room all about you. “Collect furniture as you go along, and don’t be afraid to mix and match using various pieces from different periods, or your family heirlooms. Besides being charming, it’s always chic to show your personal style.”
“Designers have begun to give attention and mindfulness to what is above us,” says Tamara. “For the new year, we predict there will be an advancement in attention to detail, and not just through the living room but throughout the whole home,” she says. Think painted, lacquered, wood clad, exposed beams, wallpapered, and more.
“What goes around comes around, especially when it comes to design periods,” says Jessica, who thinks art deco is on the rise. With the simplistic lines of mid-century modern, art deco incorporates more glamorous materials and patterns. “Art deco style is playful and opulent, yet sensible.” At market, we saw the trend taking over sofas, lighting, case goods, and accessories. It manifested in several ways, like faceted fronts on cabinets, geometric detailing, gilding, and plenty of pattern.
Today’s performance fabrics are a far cry from that scratchy patio chair you sat on at your grandma’s beach house. With companies like Perennials, Sunbrella, Thibaut, and Kravet creating textural performance fabrics, there’s no reason not to use them inside as well as out: Wine stains, paw prints, or kids’ messes can be easily scrubbed out.
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