Spotted: These Are the Hottest Trends From the Fall Edition of High Point Market

Selamat pendant lighting shaped like flowers
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Selamat

Well, folks, that's a wrap on the fall edition of High Point Market (October 19 -23). The five-day furniture trade show takes place in the charming town of High Point, NC and features over 2,000 exhibitors spread out over 180 buildings, making it the largest event of its kind in the world — and after miles of walking, my weary legs can attest to that. But the aches and pains proved to be well worth it in the end.

Come rain or shine — and it actually did rain — I was determined to soak up every moment and cover as much ground as I possibly could. Walking up and down the halls of the IHFC (International Home Furnishings Center), the Suites at Market Square, and the tree-lined sidewalks that are home to many showrooms, one thing became crystal clear: Previously reported trends — such as vibrant colors, textured surfaces, and curved furniture — are still going strong. But I also spotted a few new up-and-comers that have jumped onto the design scene, giving the most popular looks a run for their money.

Scroll on to see the eight most popular design trends from High Point, to tide us over until 2020.

1. Black and White

Palecek side tables in black and white
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Palecek
Keaton Industries pendant lighting in black and white houndstooth and plaid patterns
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Keaton Industries
Bernhardt coffee table in black and white
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Bernhardt

I think actress, director, author, and new lighting designer Diane Keaton probably sums it up best: "Why black and white? Because color can be too demanding." And there must be something to her philosophy because, as you've probably noticed, black and white interiors have been showing up more and more on social feeds lately, so it's no surprise that the classic duo could be seen almost everywhere at High Point, too. Big name brands such as Palecek, Bernhardt, and Keaton Industries are all making the most of the look, creating bold pieces of furniture and decor that are strong enough to stand alone but can easily be paired with other pieces in your home as well.

2. Channel Tufting

Arterirors Dune Chair with horizontal channel tufted velvet back
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Arteriors
TOV blue sofa with vertical channel tufted back
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TOV
Sonder Living vertical channel tufted headboard
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Sonder Living

Channel-tufted furnishings were everywhere, and I mean everywhere, at this year's market. From sofas to lounge chairs to headboards to dog beds (yes, really!), the traditional look is officially making a stylish comeback. Brands such as Arteriors, TOV, and Sonder Living are successfully using the tailored detail to add timeless sophistication to modern designs. And since it's such an easy way to make your space look a little more luxe, why not take full advantage?

3. Nature-Inspired Silhouettes

Selamat pendant lighting shaped like flowers
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Selamat
Bernhardt Felicity Metal Chairs are cast aluminum shaped like gingko leaves
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Bernhardt
Currey & Co. x Sasha Bikoff nature-inspired light fixtures
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Currey & Co.

We already know that curves are in, but designers are taking the popular trend one step further by creating organic designs inspired by Mother Nature herself. Selamat Designs, Bernhardt, and Currey & Co. are showing us how it's done with these one-of-a-kind pieces.

6. Animal Prints

Scalamandre zebra print wallpaper in royal blue
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Scalamandre Maison by Port 68
Schumacher Jokhang Tiger Velvet tiger chair upholstery
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Designer in Residence Nick Olsen for Bernhardt
Selamat Designs Strawberry Thief Side Table wrapped  in Morris & Co.'s wallpaper
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Selamat Designs

And speaking of Mother Nature, it would seem animal prints are a hot commodity in the world of design, too. From textiles to wallpaper to furniture, wildlife creatures are ready for their close-ups, and designers and brands alike are heeding their call. Without delay, Scalamandre, Nick Olsen, and Selamat Designs, just to name a few, are all jumping on the bandwagon, incorporating leopards, zebras, tigers, birds, dogs, and more into their designs.

6. Three-Dimensional Surfaces

Ethnicraft cabinet with abstract raised surface on front of cabinet doors
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Ethnicraft
Safavieh green cabinet with raised surface design on door fronts
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Safavieh
Bernhardt Flora Credenza with carved ginko leaves in German silver
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Bernhardt

Will Ethnicraft, Safavieh, and Bernhardt please stand up? These are just a few of the industry names that are thinking outside of the box, and pushing the boundaries of design to realize not just another piece of furniture but rather awe-inspiring works of art. (Honestly, did you see that ginkgo leaf-inspired credenza?!) Credenzas, sideboards, accent chests, and the like were seen all over High Point flaunting three-dimensional cabinet fronts. And this visual treat is no happy coincidence, but the result of creativity, ingenuity, innovation, and impeccable craftsmanship — and when this perfect storm comes together, the sky is the limit.

7. Woven Furniture

Arteriors lounge chair
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Arteriors
Palecek woven rope light fixture hanging from wall
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Palecek
Nathan Anthony accent chair with woven fringe detail on back
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Nathan Anthony

Macrame wall hangings are cool and all, but adding that same handmade look to furniture and lighting? Now, that's next-level. And it's not all yarn and rope either. This trend is resulting in some truly unique and creative designs using materials such as leather and rattan — as evidenced by these pieces from Arteriors, Palecek, and Nathan Anthony — that present yet another opportunity to add texture and dimension to your home.

7. Shades of Orange

Rawan Isaac sofa with channel tufted sofa seat and back
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Rawan Isaac
Moe's Carr Arm Chair with vertical channel tufted seat back
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Moe's
Nuevo modular sectional sofa in varying shades of orange
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Nuevo

It looks like Pantone was onto something with Living Coral, its forecasted 2019 color of the year. Shades of orange, ranging from rust to tangerine, were spotted all over High Point this year, and I, for one, am not mad about it. Whether you're going for a sunset-inspired or autumnal palette, this citrus-infused trend will add the warm pop of color to your home that your design senses have been craving.


Ariane Moore

Ariane Moore

Ariane Moore is an Editor at Hunker. After earning her B.S. in Interior Architecture and Design, she enjoyed working on a variety of projects ranging from residential to hospitality at award winning design firms in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She also served as Design Editor at Natural Child World magazine.