To wrap up my highlights from the High Point Furnishings Market, I would like to share some of the popular prints, patterns, lighting and design themes that were prevalent in many showrooms:
The Chevron Print- This classic pattern is everywhere right now from womens’ fashions to all aspects of home furnishings products! We are seeing it in textiles, rugs, and wallpapers as well as inlay patterns on casegoods. For some of us “of a certain age”, it is reminiscent of the old flamestitch fabrics that were so popular in the 70’s and early 80’s but with a crisper, more geographic edge.
Quatrefoil Pattern- Pronounced “Kah-truh-foil”. This symbol hs been used for centuries in gothic style architecture. It is a representation of a flower with 4 petals. It appears much like a 4-leaf clover without the stem. Examples of this emblem were found in most showrooms appearing in everything from fabrics and rugs to casegoods, upholstered headboards, and artwork.
Interesting and Unusual Lighting- The use of a trio of pendant lights as opposed to a single overhead fixture or chandelier was displayed in several lighting showrooms. We saw these combos in different sizes, shapes and colors. What a striking piece to use over a dining table or poorly lit corner. I also like the idea of using the larger more colorful versions for an outdoor living area to create a more festive mood for entertaining.
DESIGN THEMES- Like it or not, Heads, Hands and Birds seem to be the common figures of this year. Different versions of peacocks and owls are flitting about everywhere in representation of their avian species. And although I find the detached heads to be a bit ghoulish (don’t shoot the messenger), I can see how the hands might be a fun, unexpected element to add to a room.
Of course, I could go on and on… but these are the highlights that were repeated among the different showrooms. Have fun with what appeals to you!