This was my first trip to High Point Market in North Carolina, and let me tell you, it was an experience! I am inspired, exhausted, and grateful for the experience. There’s 30,000 sq ft of furniture, art, and accessories! My feet are killing me :) So today I am going to break down what I saw, the latest trends, and where I think design is heading. So grab a drink, this might be a long one!
If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you know that I don’t really like to do what’s “trendy”. Trends come and go, so to me, it’s more important to be true to who you are! (more on authenticity later) With that said, I did see five design trends that are still going strong in the design world that I think are going to be around for a long time-especially number 5!
Trend number one is a neutral color palette. Blues, creams, and grey's are still the dominating colors in the furniture world. And this makes sense right? If you’re going to invest several thousand dollars into a sofa, you want to make sure you have a neutral color palette so you can update the throw pillows to give it a fresh look. As you can see in the photos below, these couches are all neutral colors with some fun pops of color and unexpected prints-I LOVE the zebra pattern.
This blue sectional is perfect for a contemporary coastal design! I also like that they have the one cushion option. It helps keep things from falling through the cracks and you can squeeze more people on the couch if necessary!
Boucle fabric was everywhere this year-and for good reason. It feels like one big giant hug. And even though this couch is all white, it's Crypton fabric. It still makes me nervous though and while it looks pretty, I don't think I would put it in a house with young kids!
The next trend I saw is the use of a lot of natural materials. Whether it’s cane furniture like these chairs
Or metal, wood, ceramic and glass accessories like these
Even the shape of a lot of accessories mimics what we find in nature. I think we are still looking for peace and serenity in our lives. Adding pieces to your space that remind you of nature are a great way to do that.
The fabric choices in furniture were also mainly naturals like leather, wool, and velvets. This green velvet couch from Alder and Tweed was my favorite! Velvet used to be made from just silk, but today it’s made from synthetic and natural fibers to help with cost.
Lighting is another fun place to incorporate trends. There was everything from large, over the top chandeliers perfect for a grand entrance to simple, yet stunning geometric shapes. I also liked that I saw more lighting this year that was incorporating natural elements.
Next up is hardware. Funky, large shapes in various colors and styles dominated the market this year. It’s a great way to add a little personality to a piece. It’s also easy to switch it out later when you want to try something new! I loved these oversized pulls on this piece from Arteriors.
I also saw several pieces that didn’t have any hardware on them at all. Instead, the added interest by using architectural details like this piece from Sarreid.
The fifth and final “trend” is authenticity. Authenticity was definitely the buzz word of the market. And while they were talking about how it’s important for designers to be themselves, I think this also translates into what you put into your home. I love contemporary coastal design. I design to evoke the feeling of being on vacation without the literal boat picture hanging on the wall. But if you like the boat picture because it reminds you of family vacations as a kid, then by all means, hang up the boat picture!
So what does this mean for designing your own home? Think customization. Everything from dining room tables to bedroom furniture. You can chose your color of wood, metals, fabrics and paint colors! With Vanguard furniture (one of my favorites) you can choose what style of leg you want and what color you want the top to be. You can have it painted any color that exists! The possibilities are endless! This was one of my favorite dining tables.
Same thing with bedroom furniture, you want your headboard to be 48”, 56” or 76”? No problem! Want it all wood or partially upholstered? It’s all up to you!
Those were my top five design trends from High Point Furniture Market for 2022? What were your favorites? I would love to hear from you!