From High Point: Back to Basics is Highly Recommended

This spring’s trends at the influential High Point Market travel back in time and glam it up while indicating a return to simplicity.

photo courtesy universal furniture

Retro is Here to Stay

With a little bit of something old, and a whole lot of something new, the bi-annual High Point furnishings market in High Point, N.C. provided a look at the coming trends in interior design. 

The top styles are showcased by the market’s hand-selected “Style Spotters,” interior design experts who document the hottest trends at High Point. At the spring market, held from April 22-26, they say they saw a lot of new twists on classic designs, as well as a return to traditional and timeless style.

Last fall, the High Point Market took a trip back in time to the 1970s and ’80s with some throwback styles. This season is no different, thanks to colorful patterns and vintage fashion. “Retro nods to the ’70s and ’80s will continue to influence 2017,” say Michelle Wiebe, High Point Market Style Spotter Emeritus and president of Studio M Interior Design in Tampa, Fla.

photo courtesy urbia 

But the nod to the era of grooviness is perhaps less pure than it once was. Even with vintage-inspired colorful patterns and the return of wallpaper, a lot of the bygone styles have been given a modern and sometimes multicultural twist that says retro is here to stay but in a new way.

“I also feel design continues to evolve with a global inspiration — Africa and Marrakesh are muses to many designers,” Wiebe says.

Photo Courtesy green gables/big sur

Back to Basics

Some of the new additions to the spring market included a return to classic style. Lance Jackson, High Point Market Style Spotter and co-founder of Parker Kennedy Living, an interior design group in Georgia, says the use of neutral colors and textures made up a lot of the market’s designs.

“Manufacturers are touring classic style with a modern vibe and feel,” Jackson says. “Clean lines are what we are seeing — nothing too fussy.”

Photo Courtesy pezzan usa

Krista Nye Nicholas and Tami Ramsay, Style Spotters and creators of CLOTH & KIND Interiors, an interior design studio with locations in Michigan and Georgia, say they witnessed new and exciting textures at the market. “We [saw] every hue of green from moss and chartreuse to emerald and British racing green, as well as all kinds of organic materials like raffia, sisal and sea grasses and tons of new twists involving natural stone and wood,” Nicholas says. 

Geometric patterns, monochrome color schemes and color block designs also play a role in today’s trends. “Black and white juxtaposed together [are] big, along with greens being the new neutral,” says Wiebe. Designers note that’s not to say you shouldn’t add a pop of color to your home — perhaps a little green.

photos courtesy regina andrew design (lamp) & dovetail furniture (hanging light)


Just a Little Luxury

Building on trends that appeared in the fall, designers incorporated luxe materials, such as gold, agate, lucite and more. These metallic materials are being used in everything from elegant armchairs to dazzling light fixtures, showing there’s nothing wrong with adding a little glam to your home.

According to Wiebe, many pieces of cabinet hardware have an almost “jewelry-like” feel to them.

Whether it’s a table with golden legs or a mesmerizing chandelier, the future of interior design is certainly bright (and sparkly).  

(l-r) Photos courtesy badgley mischka home, eleanor rigby leather


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