When I go to the High Point Furniture Market I’m always on the lookout for the latest trends in furniture, textiles, rugs, accessories and lighting.

But most importantly I’m observing shapes and colors. You don’t have to be a design maven to recognize a change in the landscape when you see it. In fact being a trend spotter has to do with looking at lots and lots of bits and pieces from all the various home décor categories and watching a “trend” emerge.

This year’s Market was busy with lots of foot traffic, trouble finding parking, sold out hotels for miles and packed showrooms. That’s good news because it means people are buying furniture, building houses, renovating and updating across the country. Retailers have confidence in the market and are investing in their stores and design businesses.

Color was everywhere. We’ve been talking about a neutral palate for a long time and while gray and cream are still dominating, I’m seeing lots of deep hues like eggplant, emerald green, navy and fuchsia pink. I’m glad to see that transparent furniture is still firmly on trend too, as this has been one of my favorite styles this year. The french in particular favour these designs and you’ll often see a transparent chair or sedie trasparenti as they’d call it, on display in their high street windows.

When it came to rugs, tone on tone and metallic came shining through. The Michael Amini collection by Nourison featured sisal rugs with silver threads. The look was fresh without being garish. In all types of rugs the design patterns are interrupted, obscuring the overall design giving them a worn more abstract feel.

The Silk Shadows Collection featured gorgeously grated tones of ivory and silver and lend an air of antiquity to a traditional Damask design. The Maxell rug by Nourison had the appearance of snow across the Rocky Mountains, creating the perfect storm of modern abstract appeal. With ombre shadings, rich texture and a dramatic yet neutral color palette.

Bling was everywhere in bases for cabinets, chairs and tables. Shiny chrome, Lucite and lacquered gold finish were a big design trend in all showrooms. It seemed if it wasn’t some type of big chunky metal base it was natural wood.

Phillips Collection
Phillips Collection

Living edge wood planks, tree trunks, tree roots; everything from dining tables to wall décor featured some type of rustic wood detail. Some designers had silver or gold leafed natural wood to give it a glam effect.

Phillips Collection

Both silver and gold stood proud at Market. The silver was matt with a little rough texture or chrome. Gold was both matt and shinny. While white marble stole the show in accent tables, lamp bases and table tops.

The big show stopper was royal blue. Every showroom had touches of blue. Some combined it with various shades of blue, while others mixed it with white. Velvet upholstery was front and center. Very tailored on sofas and occasional chairs with track arms, piping and nail heads. The richer the color hue, the more lux the look.

Currey & Company

Currey & Company, always a trendsetter, introduced a breathtaking blue chandelier. Graduation Chandelier measured 28″ diameter by 47″ tall. Created in the Color Field tradition of the 1940s, the chandelier is a large-scale piece for a bold interior. Nine wide rings of wrought iron in alternating hues of blue finished in Gold Leaf create this Japanese-inspired design. Other lighting manufacturers featured deep blue shades on white bases.

Quartz was another material that was in abundance, from chandeliers to tabletops and small pedestal tables. The raw mineral look was well represented.

Statement pieces inspired by mid-century design, crafted in acrylic, hand-blow glass, marble or leather and wood abound. Exposed wood accent chairs with wool, felt and leather upholstery were everywhere.

Wood finishes in general were darker than in Markets past. Woodland Furniture Company displayed a beautiful finish called Antwerp Liquorice on Walnut. This finish was repeated in other showrooms on dining tables and sideboards. Very rich and warm.


Bernhardt another trendsetter introduced the Domaine Blanc collection, a relaxed sandblasted and sometimes reeded white oak, in a translucent dove white finish, combines with white quartz stone an tarnished tarnished nickel metals. If you appreciate traditional elegance and modern freshness you will love this collection.

Within the 180 buildings, 11.5 million square feet of shows pace there are literally tens of thousands of new product introductions. These are just the highlights. I’ll be share hundreds more with you in the weeks to come. New Market introductions won’t be in retail stores until late winter or early spring so you still have plenty of time to plan your redecorating projects.