The Fall Market in High Point, NC is one of the year’s highlights. I love being surrounded by other designers and getting a sneak peek at upcoming trends. I always return home utterly inspired. Now that I’m rested, rejuvenated AND we have power again (hooray!), here are some of the major trends I spotted:
Cowhide was everywhere at High Point. Hide rugs ranged from neutral to animal print and worked well in layered looks or even as stand alone pieces on bare floors. This year, more than in previous years, we spotted a lot of chairs and benches upholstered with hides. I have to admit that I am a little freaked out about cowhide anything, but hides, as well as leather in general, are actually eco-friendly because they are a by-product of the food industry. It makes it a little better, but on the other hand, it definitely increases the appeal of vegetarianism. Below is an actual wolf we spotted that I would definitely have to bypass. Look at all of the metallic hides hanging below:
2. Chevron Everything:
The chevron trend is still going strong. The pattern graced wallpaper, fabrics, throws, pillows, rugs, and more.
3. Vibrant Colors:
We saw a host of vibrant, rich, bold colors. Eclectic design remains strong and incorporates color with unconventional pieces and accessories, such as the crackled, deep red ceramic bottles with perfectly aged undertones and the bright, distressed china cabinet. Bohemian style was also showcased, though to a lesser extent, relying on funky prints and rich hues as seen in the textiles above.
The metallic trend took High Point by storm. Lighting, accessories, and furniture were not exempt from glamorous high shine and gilded edges. Even cowhides were sprinkled with silver and gold as shown above.
5. Handcrafted and American Made
“Handcrafted” and “American Made” were among the buzzwords. The confetti cube pendant has that rustic, one-of-a-kind charm, while the quirky handmade dolls and hand-painted tribal bowls and platters would be perfect for any eclectic space.
6. Fun and Whimsical:
Fun, colorful, funky, and daring. Need we say more?
The vendors at High Point were all about texture. Mixing grosgrain ribbons with wooden chairs, pairing velvet with linen, and crafting ceiling lights that appeared to be adorned with leaves, was just the beginning. Burlap, comfy layers, and natural materials rounded out the bill.
8. The Year of the Equestrian:
With hooves protruding from furniture, equestrian art, and figurines galore, horses were this year’s “it” animal. This fits perfectly with my love of equestrian-inspired design. Or maybe anything equestrian just catches my eye, wherever it might be?
What trends do you see on the horizon for the upcoming year?