My friends and clients always ask, “What did you see at Market? What are the new trends?”

I thrilled to report it was not a sea of gray. This was a cheery Market. Perhaps this new refreshing look is based on the up economy or perhaps we’re just tired of negativity. It’s time to infuse our homes with color and happy prints.

Pretty and pink was right on point. From a yummy blush to pink lemonade I didn’t see a showroom that didn’t embrace this blissful color. Rosy upholstery was paired with soft pewter gray, driftwood finishes, silver and flint. Accent prints were peaceful florals with a soft watercolor-sketch quality.

The Maddox Cabinet
Grasscloth embellished parson table in bright pink was fun and whimsy. Society Social

Navy, sapphire, ocean and royal blues presented a stunning contrast to the indulgent pinks of market. Clean leaf green shades infused wonderful pops of color.

The Kallista Chest
The Kallista Chest with its amped up personality resulting from a dark sapphire finish accented with sleek lines of antique brass. Currey & Company

Performance fabrics dominated the textile conversation. Once Sunbrella was the only player in this field but now consumers have four other players to consider. Sunbrella still leads the charge especially when it comes to prints and textures.

Velvets of all hues beckoned you to snuggle into these luxurious fabrics. Once considered a high maintenance fabric, now it is readily available in performance fabrics. For those who adore the feel of velvet, and who doesn’t, you can party without fear.

Soft rose velvet sofa
Soft rose velvet sofas were the hit of the Theodore Alexander showroom. TA

Wicker, roping and rattan types of rushwork graced seating, casegoods and lighting. Beautiful shades of grasscloth adorned the exteriors of parson tables, desks, chests, headboards and seating.

Risk taking contemporary curves replaced the sharper, geometric angles of previous Markets. At some points, you felt you had been transported to the golden days of Hollywood complete with fainting couches and S shaped sofas.

A fainting couch
A fainting couch brought a touch of Hollywood to the Sarreid showroom.

At spring Market it was almost impossible to find chaises lounges, day beds and sofas with classic bench cushions. This season they were plentiful. The classic Chesterfield sofa was oone of the most popular sofa styles especially with that stylish bench coushion.

Chesterfield sofa
Chesterfield sofas featured bench cushions and tufted upholstery detailing. Mossoud

Gold and brass finishes have moved shinny chrome to the back room. Most golds are soft, prosperous tones almost like gold bars. A lackluster of version of brass is back. Think antique brass without the shine.

Bernhardt Furniture
Bernhardt Furniture introduced Rustic Patina, an oak collection called Sand.

Specialty cocktails have always been a mainstay of the Market experience. That happy hour theory has materialized itself with fun, well-designed bar carts and fancy bar cabinets. My favorite take on this trend is Theodore Alexander’s Frank Sinatra bar. A white exterior adorned with gold trim rotated to reveal a Tiffany blue interior.

Wood trends that I’ll be watching are oak and painted finishes especially white. A very uplifting and light Market.