Trend Talk

Twice a year—in April and October—designers and retailers head to High Point, North Carolina, to see the latest home furnishings trends. In acre-upon-acre of showroom space, manufacturers introduce their latest designs. Here’s an insider’s view of the most recent highlights:

  • One of the biggest trends was the downplaying of trends, no-here-today-gone-tomorrow designs. Pieces that are classic and timeless took precedence. Opulence is out; simplicity and comfort is in.
  • Traditional and transitional furnishings continued to be popular, in part because they provide a tried-and-true feeling in times of economic uncertainty. Interestingly, though, contemporary furnishings were also prevalent, their straightforward lines and solid, often-neutral colors providing a sense of serenity.
  • Call it global style. International influence. Design without borders. Today’s decor is being inspired by countries around the world—China and Russia, Latin America and India—which can be mixed and matched to create an intercontinental design tour right under your own roof. That plays right into the hand of eclectic style, rooms that have a casual, comfortable, collected-over-time feeling.
  • With more and more emphasis on green design, it’s no surprise that ‘au natural’ pieces are still hot; natural woods, organic fabrics and reclaimed materials were apparent at every turn.
  • High-fashion detailing has jumped right off the runway and sashayed its way into home decor. Accent pillows are now sporting all kinds of dressmaker details, from sexy belts and glamorous beading to three-dimensional floral details.
  • Gray is the new black. Think gray flannel sofas, warm gray walls with wood trim and charcoal gray tiles. It’s showing up in the form of metallics, like silver, too.
  • One of the colors coming on strong is purple, in every imaginable form—from amethyst to magenta to blackberry. The other is orange, running the gamut from pale melon to deep cinnamon.

By Louise Lange