Spring 2014 High Point Furniture Market: A Colorful Recap

Posted on | May 8, 2014 | No Comments

Just a few weeks ago, the Spring 2014 High Point Furniture Market was once again the go to destination for interior designers and everyone associated with the home furnishings and accessories industry. I always look forward to hearing about the emerging trends and colors that made an appearance at the most recent Market. To find out what’s new, North Carolina Design spoke to owner Hank Haines and designer Karen Dittmer of Wayside Furniture House in Raleigh. For decades, Wayside has been a trusted source for fine furniture. As Market veterans, both Hank and Karen  know the industry and possess a keen eye and impeccable taste.

Images provided by Wayside Furniture House All images are copyrighted 2014©

“My father established this business in 1939,” Hank explained. “We take a great deal of pride in being a second-generation family business. We offer clients a wonderful selection of high end furniture – the kind of signature pieces people want to live with for years. We have a staff of six interior designers, so whether someone’s looking for the perfect lamp or needs their entire house designed, we can help them.” Karen has been with the store since 1984, and she plays dual roles as both the store’s sales manager and one of its designers. She gave us her take what the spring 2014 Market had to offer.

“There was a lot of color included in the vignettes,” Karen affirmed. “Spa blues are strong, but not as strong as they have been the past few markets. Grays are still strong. I did see a lot of orange – although I can’t say that we see much of a call for it from our clients. I was very happy to see that navy and royal blues are coming back. It’s always a joy to be able to play off of those darker, richer blues.”

When it comes to wood tones, lighter options are still gaining in popularity. “For the past few seasons, we’ve seen lighter, more natural wood finishes,” Karen affirmed. “I think this has to do with the fact that lifestyles have changed. There are no real formal living rooms anymore, and people want a casual, livable look. I think that light woods are here to stay for a while. That said, people still really love painted wood finishes, and they’re still very popular.”

Upholstery, too, is taking on a fresh look and feel. “I saw a lot of cotton prints, in a simpler contemporary style,” she noteed. “These are not the chintzes from the 80′s and 90′s – they have a more textured linen look. I also noticed some striking upholstery mixtures on sofas and chairs. A solid color chair might have pretty bands on the skirts, different colors on the welts, or even a different fabric on the back and the front. The mixtures are really very well done, and they give clients more options.”

Increased versatility and options wasn’t just limited to upholstery. “One of the things that excited me most was the selection manufacturers are offering on sofa styles,” Karen explained. “Clients can choose from five different arm selections and two different sizes, and they can leave the skirt on or take it off. So essentially, in the store they can sit in it and make sure it’s comfortable and it’s the right scale, then they can have it made any way they want.”

In the end, it’s all about providing clients with options they love and that work for their home – something that Wayside Furniture knows a great deal about. “People enjoy their homes and entertain in their homes,” Karen said. “We make sure that the furniture is beautiful and functional, the right scale, and the seating is comfortable. These are the pieces that will endure for years.”

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