A Recap Of The Fall 2014 High Point Market – Say Yes To Neutrals In Shades Of Beautiful Grays And Blues

Posted on | November 5, 2014 | No Comments

The Fall 2014 High Point Market ended just a short time ago. Members of The Trade from across the country converged on High Point to discover what are the latest trends in home furnishings and accessories. Charlotte interior designer Stacie Salisbury of Metropolitan Design Concepts is our guest blogger today, reporting to North Carolina Design her overall reaction to the Market and the emerging trends she saw.

Hickory White
Images Courtesy of Metropolitan Design Concepts ©

The Fall 2014 High Point Market was both beautiful and busy. There were more people in attendance than I had seen in many years. The showrooms and the streets were buzzing with those in attendance. Being there for two days, it was of course impossible to see everything. I visited several showrooms that are staples of each of my trips, as well as several new showrooms in search of unique and interesting finds.

Hickory Chair

One of my first stops was Baker Furniture. It’s unfortunate that Baker Furniture does not allow pictures to be taken in their showroom. As a trendsetter, Baker gives designers a glimpse into what is new and exciting. They are always trying to stay a step ahead of Market and they remain on my list of must-sees. In addition to glitz, shiny finishes and a penthouse living kind of style, their showroom also revealed a softer, more livable side of things. Some of the lines had the option of more casual finishes that were more family friendly and less shiny.

Hickory White

Hickory Chair

Going from Baker to other high end showrooms like Hickory White, Hickory Chair and Pearson, it was all very natural, but it was clear that gray was a color that was making a statement. There were still shades of white, as well as tans and beiges, but gray was the color of the Market. Blue in varying shades seemed to be a common accent color. For the most part as I looked around, neutrals abounded.

Pearson Furniture

Pearson Furniture

While soft tones and cooler shades seemed to prevail, there were still some showrooms where a brighter palette enlivened the presentation. Punching things up with color was the Lillian August showroom. I find that she’s always colorful, and it comes across very nice. I also saw color at the Kravet showroom, but they also had a vignette that was done in gray and nicely accented with indigo blue.

Lillian August for Hickory White

As I moved through Hickory Chair, Hickory White, Pearson, and Henredon’s Barbara Barry, I would say that they all had that very clean monochromatic, penthouse New York kind of look. What I noticed in the showrooms of the inner hall was more of an earthy and an organic look. I saw things like nubby pillows, bark, and banged metal.

Barbara Barry for Henredon Furniture

One thing providing some added glitz and drama to many showrooms at this Market was Lucite. It seemed to be very popular and was available for whatever area you might imagine – in coffee tables, chairs, dining room tables, accent tables. Its function and purposed varied. It can be a piece that can add some interest to a space. Also, as homes have scaled back in size in recent years – and since it has no footprint – it can work well in most any area of the home.

I very much liked the furniture from Alfonso Marina. These are exquisite pieces with a less polished look that are able to add character and interest to any room. We saw this glitzy sophisticated look, but when you mix it with casual yet elegant pieces like Alfonso Marina – they would add some warmth to the room and really change the feel of it.

Alfonso Marina

Alfonso Marina

The impact of the color blue was evident not only in furniture but in art as well. The space of Wendover Art Group showcased the influence of blue, as well as artistic patterns reflecting nature and bold abstracts splattered on large canvasses. The accessories from Global Views also showed the presence of blue at the Market.

Global Views

It seems as quickly as I got there, it was time to leave. Spring 2015 Market will be here before we know it, and I look forward to again discovering the latest trends in the realm interior design.

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