In April I attended the High Point Furniture market in High Point, NC, which is one of the largest trade shows in the world for the furniture industry. ?It?s a show and tell of the best of the best and a place where retail furnishing buyers, architects and designers gather to check out what is up and coming; from colours to textures, styles and materials.
This year?s spring show was packed full of so many creative pieces, it was a designer?s dream. ?In a year where furniture sales have grown only modestly, it was encouraging to see everyone?s excitement over the showcases. One of the trends that were prevalent throughout the show was the use of celebrity endorsements.? It?s no longer just the industry leaders partnering with Barbara Berry, Martha Stewart, Jane Seymour or Kathy Ireland, but lots of medium and smaller companies are showcasing their collaborations with celebrities, furniture and interior designers too. With the plethora of ?Do It Yourself? and home lifestyle television programming available, home owners are becoming more design savvy. These customers are fuelling the trend of pushing casual and contemporary styling past the traditional living/great rooms and into dining and bedrooms, for a whole home designer feel. ??As you can see below there are some really inspiring colours and finish trends that will make their way into many homes in the near future. In case goods, natural wood, gray colorings, clear finishes and mixed materials were noted across most categories. Accent furniture seemed to be focused on unique drawer fronts and designs, while in entertainment the movement is away from heavy wall pieces and more into modern, longer and lower wall displays with storage units perfect for flat screen televisions that seem to get bigger every year. Whatever your design choice may be you can?t deny these new trends in home d?cor would make any room stand out. Contemporary and modern styles: Rustic, modern wood with metal from chrome to industrial: Attention to materials and shapes: Grey is the new neutral in all shades from blue grey to charcoal: Longer, leaner entertainment cabinets made for television 60? and up, featuring unique materials, playful colours and creative storage options: What do you think of the new styles in home d?cor? Tell us what design trend you like the most; it may help shape future Dimplex products. Images from: Huppe HGTV Home Furniture Collection International Caravan Hooker Furniture Stein World Maisons du Monde The Bed Post Buhler Furniture Lexington Home