4 High Point Home Furnishing Trends You've Got to Check Out
George Snead, owner of the Wakefield Design Center in Stamford, has been attending the High Point Furniture Market for 27 years. For the past 10, he has invited designers to tour with the Wakefield team to discover what’s new and what’s next at the market. CTC&G tagged along and asked Snead to share his observations of the spring introductions. (To see what the designers on the Wakefield tour chose as their top picks, see cottagesgardens.com/DesignerPicksHighPoint.)
1. What is going on with the shape of furniture?
Curved profiles were all the rage, from sofas and chairs to coffee tables and mirrors. Linear lines have definitely been edged out by curvy, organic silhouettes.
2. Did you spot any new color stories?
Color is still “in” but it is moving in the direction of warmer hues; earth tones and subdued jewel tones. We saw a dominant color that we labeled “coach leather” or “toast”—a warm brown with hints of copper or amber. This is a great transitional color as it pairs quite well with grays, especially the warmer grays (think mushroom and taupe) of the past few markets. We also noted subdued jewel tones, including deep burgundies, eggplant and smoky indigo.
3. Texture is prominent in the kitchen and bath area. Does the same hold true in home furnishings?
We saw texture everywhere, in furniture, lighting and fabrics. Knits, macramé and shearling, as well as soft bouclés and mohair were extremely popular. Our designers tell us that their clients are demanding performance fabrics, which thankfully have come a long way with softer, more luxurious hands that mimic the real thing. Channeling in upholstery was hot too, adding interest to bed frames, sofas and chairs.
4. I saw a lot of interesting wood finishes. What did you notice?
Woods were cut so that the graining patterns were pronounced with rough-hewn and quarter-sawn techniques. We saw a lot of cerused wood with stains highlighting the grain. The effects were varied, from subtle to pronounced, depending on the stain, which ranged from muddy, chalky browns to mushroom grays, and for more dramatic results, the use of white and light gray stains producing higher contrasts.
A version of this article appeared in the June 2018 issue of CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens) with the headline: High Point Highlights.