Which styles and colors will we be seeing in furniture showrooms – and, ultimately, homes – in the months ahead?
One reliable barometer is the High Point Market, the giant home furnishings trade show held twice a year in High Point, N.C. For insights from fall shows, we turned to two design pros who were there: Kathy Basil, manager/buyer for Hirshfield’s Design Resource, and Nancy Woodhouse, senior designer, Gabbert’s Design Studio.
On furniture, Basil saw lilac paired with rich, dark wood finishes, clear acrylic and white..
Purples are popular, but they aren’t the only color story, said Woodhouse, who noticed a lot of Chinese red (a bright shade with a hint of orange), deep blues inspired by peacock feathers, punches of chrome yellow and that other ’80s favorite: gray. “Gray has become the new neutral, replacing beige tones,” she said. Today’s grays are warm (almost taupe), which makes them easier to incorporate into decor than cooler shades, she noted. Although gray’s rise has been building for several seasons, it shows no signs of waning. “Gray is here to stay for a long time,” Woodhouse said.
Gold also re-entered the palette for fabrics, in a golden camel hue, Basil said. “It’s a way to keep your gray and add a new twist, warming it up and adding another dimension.”
That’s good news for those who like to stay on top of trends.
“There’s more instant gratification,” she said.