High Point. That’s all you have to say in the interior design world and everyone knows what you mean: the semi-annual, 5-day, 2,000-manufacturer, 12-million-square-foot, 75,000-attendee furniture market for trade professionals. In High Point, North Carolina.
I love High Point. We generally go in the fall (we just got back), but I’m thinking we may have to go in the spring, too. There’s just so much to see, and we always find great new items for our clients.
As my colleague Amy and I sped through the aforementioned 12 million square feet of showroom space — thoughtfully, but briskly — 3 trends emerged.
1. Caning and wicker. The great part about this “trend” is that it’s timeless. So caning isn’t as much a fad as a classic that’s cycled back into popularity. (Like grasscloth.) Don’t hold back if caning and/or wicker appeals to you: it never goes out of style.
2. A certain shade of blue. I don’t quite know how to describe it. Cornflower? Light royal blue? Not periwinkle (hello, Laura Ashley), but definitely not the aqua Robins-egg blue of recent years. It’s a bit puzzling, though. I mean, why? Why this blue? And why now? If you have any thoughts, send them my way.
3. Scenic mural wallpaper. And not just Chinoiserie, either! Amy and I kept admiring showrooms that used mural wallpaper to decorate their spaces, regardless of the products they sold. Then we stumbled upon the holy grail: MuralSources.
A sub-trend is framing portions of large-scale mural wallpaper as artwork. What a great idea ;)
And finally, here’s a bonus trend that isn’t really a trend: animals. “An animal in every room!” is my motto, and there were a lot of terrific animal objects this year. I covet this one for my living room:
If you’re feeling restless, I hope one of these trends inspires you to change things up. A little house refresh can go a long way. (Trust me!)
Annie Elliott Design is based in Washington, DC. Annie’s design work and insights have appeared in numerous local and national publications, most recently The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.