2012 Spring High Point Market: 2 Colorful Thumbs Up

Posted on | May 7, 2012 | 6 Comments

I recently saw a report on the news about the Spring 2012 High Point Furniture Market. Can you tell me what we can expect to see in furniture and fabrics in the coming months. Thanks! Kaitlin

Much thanks to North Carolina Design in letting me present my view of the Spring 2012 High Point Market. I went, I saw, and I was delighted! Since the beginning of the year, I have talked about what I call the ‘Color Revolution of 2012.’ This transformation has never been more apparent than at the Spring High Point Market. There was an abundance of bright colors on painted furniture, rugs, lighting, pillows and upholstered furniture.

Images courtesy of Anita Holland Interiors

As a designer I’ve been asked, did you see anything new? Did anything jump out at you? I’d have to say that the one thing that surprised me more than anything else was the good looking leather which was such a predominant upholstery fabric. It was on display in colors as bright as possible, and also in beautiful white. I’m currently designing a dining room with 10 chairs in a kiwi green. The color takes the leather and the room to a whole new level.

I truly loved the white leather at Hickory Chair Furniture Company – it made an incredible statement next to the bright beautiful colors. What struck me was the contrast – here are these big white design elements along side the bright colors, making them really sparkle and shine. Together, they each made the other better! I came away from this market thinking ‘White is a new neutral.’ Typically, I don’t think of white as a neutral. I think of neutrals as being more toned down beiges, grays and washed colors. This was clearly a neutral, and because it’s leather, it can last a lifetime.

I moved through the day like a designer on a mission, enjoying the company of a client whose home is currently being renovated. Part of our time was spent looking at furniture for the rooms of her wonderful teenage girls. I was immediately drawn to these ‘Gossip Chairs’ by oomph & More (below). They hook together and I adore them! I can picture 2 teenage girls spending hours in them… laughing and talking about everything. Once again, here’s the clean combination of white leather punched up with bright colors.

Another thing I noticed at this Market was the quality of multi finishes on case goods. I saw pieces with lacquered tops and unfinished fronts, upon which faux finishing had been taken to an entirely new level. At the GuildMaster Showroom I did not see two that were the same. They definitely did not have the look of reproduction which we are more accustomed to.

If I were to suggest a title for this photo taken in the Bungalow 5 Showroom (below), it would be, ‘Return To The Classics.’ Certainly you notice the classic lines of the lamps and the familiar fretwork and bamboo patterns in the wallpapers. When it comes to the wallpaper, something about it is a little bit different – more playful. The green is a richer color than it originally was.

A visit to the Visual Comfort Showroom netted 2 chandeliers for my client, which was a real plus. As a rule, I make it a point to attend the Market each year. The Spring 2012 High Point Market certainly did not disappoint!

Anita Holland is recognized among Charlotte interior designers for the classic lines of her traditional and contemporary interiors.

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6 Responses to “2012 Spring High Point Market: 2 Colorful Thumbs Up”

  1. Nathan Copelad
    May 7th, 2012 @ 1:48 PM

    Thank you for the nice post Anita. We really appreciate your support.

  2. Anita Holland
    May 8th, 2012 @ 7:51 AM

    Thanks for your comment Nathan… and thanks so much for a great Market. Hickory Chair was wonderful!

    Anita Holland, ASID

  3. Kate curran
    May 15th, 2012 @ 6:37 AM

    Hi Anita
    Thank you for sharing! Didn’t get to high point this market.
    I love the new white as a neutral, something about the fresh clean look of it against the pops of color!!! Love the leather!
    Kate Curran

  4. Kanayo Ede
    May 15th, 2012 @ 10:06 AM

    Hi Anita, I love this report. I always go to Highpoint to get an update on market and color trends. As an artist who has been serving the decor in for over fifteen years I have been following the trend from rich colors to bright orange and lime greens. I get more requests for contemporary art bordering more on colorful abstracts. For a moment I thought I was the only person noticing this. Keep up the good work!

  5. Anita Holland
    May 15th, 2012 @ 4:35 PM

    Kate and Kanayo — thank you for your comments. Rich, bright colors – I love the “pop” appeal.


  6. Elite Furniture Gallery
    May 17th, 2012 @ 11:17 AM

    Love seeing the color! Two years ago when I moved into a new house I bought new living room furniture of which were 2 leather tilt back chairs & ottomans which I had done in a bright lime green leather along with a teal sofa with the same green in the arm pillows. The living room/dining room is one room & to tie together I did a accent wall in lime with colorful pictures. It makes me feel good everytime I walk in the room & the color trends you describe lets me know I did not go wrong with the lime green.

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