The Spring 2016 show at High Point has drawn to a close. It was a beautiful market, with even better weather.
While I don’t think it’s healthy to follow every trend that comes along, I would like to share three consistent themes I saw as I visited showrooms. There’s one in particular that no one seems to be talking about, and I think it’s huge!
Trend #1: Kate Spade
I don’t know if you can call this a “trend”, but Kate Spade had a collection in almost every showroom I visited. This young, fashion-forward brand includes lamps, light fixtures, furniture, and bedding (probably more). That meant I saw a lot of black and white, blush, and whimsy in almost every showroom.
This also brings up another trend: gold is here to stay. In most cases, it is a beautiful aged gold, but there were some companies coming out with the bad, shiny gold fixtures from the eighties!! I don’t know if I can get behind that trend yet…haha.
Trend #2: Grayed Woods
I know this one isn’t new, but grayed wood pieces were still going strong in all of the showrooms I visited. If you are a Restoration Hardware fan, know that there are many more sources out there that are selling a similar look (and their products are probably higher quality and come with better customer service). Ask a designer to show you options!
Trend #3: Scaled-Down Furniture
The trend I’m calling huge is actually “going small”. I haven’t heard anyone talking about it, but it’s for real. Every showroom I went in showed me a line they were producing (most of them “new” that will be available to purchase in about 6 months) that are for smaller homes or apartments. Sofas are smaller; dressers and consoles have shallower depths. Between the baby-boomers that are down-sizing, to my generation that doesn’t want the taxes/burden of large homes and lots of “stuff”, I think we need to be prepared to build, design, and furnish on a smaller scale. This is happening now, and I believe it is THE future.
Don’t have room for a bulky bookshelf? How cute is this wall-mounted version?
Arms on sofas are smaller.
Design is streamlined.
Small-scaled side tables that are versatile (can do more than look pretty) and armless features on seating were common.
That’s the Tawna Allred Interiors version of what happened in High Point. Does anything surprise you? What do you love?
Happy Monday everyone!
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