Every April I look so forward to traveling to North Carolina and seeing all the latest design trends from High Point Market. I take hundreds of photos and when I get home I pour over them to see what design trends I saw over and over that I can then share with all of you. If you missed my first trend report on color, you can catch up with my Color Trends from High Point Market that I posted last week. Today I’m giving you a sneak peak at five design trends from High Point Market that you will soon be seeing in your local stores.

As with all my trend reports it is mostly photos. All taken by me of course!

Design Trends 1. Statement Chairs

When is a chair more than a chair? When becomes the center of attention in a room by shouting out, “Look at me!”  While at Spring market I saw very few plain Jane chairs.So many were shown with a distinctive personality. The backs of chairs especially, were given extra style with embellishments ranging from leather to trim to embroidery.

Design trend from High Point market:chair with leather straps

The blue trim on this chair adds a lot of flair to the black and white graphic fabric.


white chair with blue trim

It wasn’t that long ago that chair backs were simply “chair backs”. Chairs with interesting backs are a great option for open floor living where the chairs are floated and the backs are clearly visible.

wooden detail on chair back

The purple leather and nail heads take this chair form plain to wow!

white chair with blue leather back

Design Trends 2. Texture

If I had to pick just one High Point Design trend as being impossible to miss it would be texture. Everything from lamp bases to furniture to pillows were full of tactile, textural surfaces. This “cable knit” chest of drawers was a showroom favorite. Notice too the matching cable knit bed!

cable knit dresser

When I first saw the textured fabric on the chair below it kind of grossed me out but the more I looked at it the more I grew to like it.


Trend:texture fabric from Kravet

The most interesting use of texture was seen on wooden case goods.

textured wood console table

Design Trends 3. Modern curves

Soft curves and feminine lines were seen on so many of the new upholstery pieces this Spring. The curves had a modern feel and a clean lined look.

Trend alert:modern curves

Shearling fabric was spotted all over Market on upholstery pieces. This chair below incorporates both the texture and the curved lines trend. I’m not sure how I feel about shearling. On one hand it looks so comfy but on the other hand I would guess it’s pretty challenging to clean.

shearling covered chair with curved arms

I loved the curved base on this bright yellow bench.

curved yellow bench

This velvet two sided sofa below was another example of the modern curved line design.

curved two sided sofa

Design Trends 4. Natural Elements

Raw wood, rope, stone, wicker, cane and even string was trending for both furniture and lighting.


chandelier pendants made from Stringl

hanging pendant made from rope

Fabric and natural fibers used for lighting always makes me pause because I think about the fire safety but I’m sure the light meets all safety requirements.

fringe chandelier

Wicker and cane used for both furniture and lighting was very prevalent. I couldn’t help but think of the 70’s all over again.

wicker and rattan table and chairs

Natural wood is once again on trend. I saw much less painted pieces and much more natural wood. Much of the wood was cerused, bleached or very light but I saw some traditional brown furniture as well.

natural wood table

Raw wood with clearly visible grain was definitely on trend this Market.

natural wood console

black forest marble console

Unique pieces of wood and black marble was also very popular and made for beautiful statement pieces.

black marble coffee table

Design Trends 5. Geometric lines

Geometric shapes and lines have been trending for awhile now and from what I saw at this past market they are still going strong.

geometric design brass cabinet

It all plays into the texture trend but geometric lines were especially popular on case goods.

white console with geometric designed front

This Mondrian inspired chrome and marble faced cabinet was a stunner.

geometric cabinet front

Not limited to furniture, bold geometric lines in wallpaper is also trending.

geometric design wallpaper

So there you have it. Five trends that will soon be showing up in your local furniture and decor stores. Which trend is your favorite?

Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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