2018 Interior design trends from High Point Market part three. If you missed part one and two you can catch up below:

  1.  Color Trends from Fall High Point Market         2. Market Trend Report Report Part One

Today I want to highlight three additional trends that I observed during my time at Fall High Point Market. As in my previous two posts, I will let the photos do most of the speaking.

Materials used in non traditional ways


Performance Fabrics

1.Materials used in non traditional ways: 

One trend that stood out to me this market was the non traditional use of materials in design. Metal, plaster, rope and rattan were used in unexpected ways in both furniture and lighting.


This sheet metal chandelier from Hudson Valley Lighting is both elegant and industrial.

silver metal chandelier

Hudson valley Lighting

We don’t traditionally think of club chairs as being made from solid metal.  These two from Bernhardt were surprisingly comfortable!

Bernhardt metal chairs


Thin gold metal rods supported large scale sofas in Kelly Wearstler’s new collection for E. J.  Victor.

metal legs on sofa

E.J. Victor

The metal sides on this white wood desk from Bernhardt reminded me of organ pipes. Unexpected but beautiful!

metal and wood desk

White Plaster

Over and over at Fall Market I saw lights, accessories and table bases that appeared to be dipped in plaster. Plaster is not the first thing that comes to mind when I think about a pendant light but this one spotted at Mr. Brown was wonderful.

white plaster chandelier

White plaster-like sconces were also spotted at Hudson Valley.

white plaster sconces

Hudson valley Lighting

Bernhardt showed off this new table that appeared to be dipped in plaster.

white plaster table


Decorative objects also had that dipped in plaster look.

white plaster objects

I love this simple white chandelier from Hudson Valley Lighting. It’s impossible to tell in the photo but even the finish felt chalky like plaster.

white plaster chandelier

Hudson Valley Lighhting

Rattan and Rope

The return of the 70’s in design and the popularity of boho style has caused a surge in the use of both rattan and rope. Similar to the use of metal and plaster though, these materials were used in unexpected ways. This ottoman from Surya was made of rope. Even though you can’t tell the scale this is a full size ottoman that supports an adult sitting on it.

rope ottoman

I saw more rope pendants and chandeliers this Market than I ever have in the past.

rope chandelier

Hudson Valley Lighting

Rattan was also very popular for use in lighting.

rattan pendant light

Another rope fixture below from Palecek

rope lamp

2. Crystals

If I had to pick a single, hot decorative object right now, it would be crystals. Crystals were EVERYWHERE!!! Quartz, selenite, agate…you name it! This mirrored chest from Bernhardt had striking large white agate knobs.

crystal knobs


Kathryn McCoy had an entire booth dedicated to objects made with crystals. Everything is custom made and almost anything can be created. Wouldn’t that huge crystal bowl be fabulous on a big round entrance table? Maybe filled with ice and bottles of champagne!

crystals in decorating

Lot’s of showrooms used crystals as styling props on tables.

crystals on table

Remember all the sea urchins from years back? Well crystals have replaced urchins as styling decor.

rock crystals

The chandelier on the left is made with gold metal and agate slices. The one on the right is gold metal that appears to be fine gold ribbon. I don’t know how they create the ribbon like quality but it is one more example of a material being used in a non conventional way. Both chandeliers are from Hudson Valley Lighting

agate chandelier

3. Performance fabrics

I am officially declaring that performance fabrics are NOT a trend. Most of us live a more casual lifestyle than we did a decade or two ago and we don’t want to fret about about things getting dirty. Dogs, kids, and red wine drinking adults want to enjoy all the rooms in the house. Worrying about spills and stains is no longer necessary with today’s performance fabrics. The number one name in performance fabric is Crypton. I began specifying Crypton to my clients ten years ago when it was somewhat of an “insiders” secrete. Now Crypton is quickly becoming a household word.

When I first started using Crypton it was somewhat “stiff” and there were limited color choices. Today all that has changed and it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between Crypton and any other fabric. The color choices are in the hundreds (thousands?). Look at this wall display of Crypton samples seen at Thibaut. So many choices of neutrals, beautiful bright colors and patterns.

Crypton fabric at Thibaut


Before Crypton, a white sofa would not have been practical for a family with pets or kids. Crypton has solved the problem and spills bead up and roll off or can be easily wicked away.

white crypton sofa


The “hand” of the fabric (designer speak for the feel of the fabric) is so soft and the new patterns I saw at Thibaut are very exciting.

crypton fabric


As a designer, I see no reason NOT to use performance fabric on all upholstery pieces. Of course you can always take the second step and have a non performance fabric treated but why go to all the bother when Crypton has you covered.

That wraps up my third and final trend report from High Point Market Fall 2018. I’d love to hear your feedback. What are you loving..or not?




Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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