Just got back from the International Furniture Market in High Point, NC and am going to zip through the top 6 trends I saw consistently at Market. Here I am, above, rockin' my Lands End pink checked shirt and comfy Skechers GoWalk slip ons. No fashionista--but I'm smiling and can walk all day!
Trend #1 - Matte Gold Finishes
They were everywhere and on everything. Very warm and appealing. I saw a lot of chrome, too. Cool and sleek. Oil rubbed bronze is still out there as well.
Trend #2 - Stone
Geodes and agate looks were EVERYWHERE. Agate is a volcanic rock and a geode is a round rock with a hollow center. Here's a quick illustration to jog your memory:
Marble, granite and other gorgeous stones made an appearance in just about every showroom. It's family friendly stuff.
Trend #3 - Shagreen
Shagreen looks like sharkskin and has a sort of rough finish. It was on table tops, trays, boxes and upholstery.
Trend #4 - Unfinished Wood
While I'm sure all the unfinished wood products that I saw wasn't really completely unfinished, they were made so as not to be smooth and even. I didn't like them--they felt sort of unsanitary to me (I always wonder "how am I going to clean this?"). But I saw it A LOT.
Trend #5 - Lucite/acrylic
Mid Century Modern/Mad Men continues to have a huge influence on offerings, and my beloved Lucite is showing up everywhere. The above photo shows both I noticed Lucite handles on traditional pieces too and it's a very successful pairing. I am a lover of all things clear, so Lucite is my girl!
Trend #6 - Artichokes
It's a pretty shape. I like it! Acrylic bases on table lamps is becoming the norm.
Trend #7 - Track Arms
Big rolled arms were in short supply and I saw a ton of track arms, like this photo above. Not an exciting example, I know. Can you tell I'm fading here? Seeing the trends in High Point is a great resource for us, but it's exhausting and I'm tuckered out. But I love track arms because they make a sofa or chair more comfortable AND take up less space.
Trend #8 - Round Lights
This trend has been around for a while, but it keeps on growing. These chandeliers were spectacular. I think they're by Ralph Lauren. I'll confirm and correct if not.
Those were the 8 trends I noticed in High Point this Spring. Another time I'll show you some of my favorite finds!