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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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.