Design trends and being “trendy” are not my cup of tea, but being at the furniture market in High Point has certainly exposed me to what is currently fashionable in the home goods and furniture industry. I have to say the biggest thing I have noticed is a return to the classics. Even the more contemporary styles have a traditionality to them that will keep them timeless.
Certainly, for the purposes of this post, I will stick to items that are popular, but that I think will have a timeless appeal! Particularly when used in moderation!
Probably the biggest design trend I saw was animal prints. Not that animal prints are ever out of style, but we are certainly seeing a rise in popularity again.
The most popular being the “Antelope” print designed by Vern Yip for Fabricut’s Trend line. This pattern has a slight stripe pattern with colors that fade into white and a white dotted overlay. And we saw it everywhere! It was in the upholstery showrooms, the accessories showrooms, and even in the Antique and Design Center. This print is hot, hot, hot right now…
That being said, Vern Yip has a tendency toward classics, so I wouldn’t expect this fabric to be a flash in the pan. I think it will look great for a while and because it is available in 3 colorways, it will play well with a variety of other patterns!
Chinoiserie hasn’t gone anywhere. At least not in traditional design, but we are seeing a return of chinoiserie with a more contemporary bent. This design trend being called “chinoiserie chic” and “granny chic” and it’s really resonating with younger millennials or “Grand Millennials”.
I saw great examples of chinoiserie in the Antiques and Design Center and out in the new furniture lines. Lines like Bungalow 5 and Worlds Away have been carrying chinoiserie inspired items for several years, but this market I really saw the look creeping into other furniture and accessories lines. And the crisp blue and white ginger jar style was everywhere.
The design trend I noticed in furnishings was clean, classic lines. This is especially true in the higher end furnishings, but there is a definite shift away from exaggerated and oversized proportions. Don’t get me wrong, the extra deep, and overstuffed pillow style sofas are still out there, but I feel like fewer furniture lines are creating new pieces with that look. I also think that look will certainly look dated fairly quickly.
What I saw was a return to restraint in scale and proportion. Sock style rolled arm sofas are in proportion to the chair. Wingback chairs have cleaner lines and maybe some rectangular shaped wings, but they are proportionate to the the other elements of the chair.
Horses were everywhere! The first place I saw them was an off-the-beaten-path type vendor, which makes me think that the trend is emerging. I also saw some great collections in the Antiques and Design Center. I did happen to catch a few horses in some of the larger vendors as well. This design trend is all about English riding style equestrian themes. I have seen Western style horses and wild horses in the “farmhouse modern” and “western boho” styles for several years now, but this is a definite change in style.
This is definitely a change in theme that relates to the return of a traditional look and the “grand millennial” new traditionalist style that is gaining popularity among younger adults. In my mind, English style equestrian themes evoke some formality that is consistent with the increase in popularity of chinoiserie and granny chic.
Ralph Lauren will be so pleased.
Designed for Performance
Performance fabrics aren’t really a design trend. They are here to stay, but they were a hot topic at market because of the introduction of the Inside Out fabrics. Inside Out is a performance fabric that can be used indoors and outdoors. They can be cleaned with soap and water or bleached.
Inside out is being produced for multiple fabric vendors and manufacturers. Inside out fabrics come in many different textures, colors, and patterns and all of the fabrics are appropriate for use on upholstery.
In addition to the new Inside Out fabrics, I saw a lot of promotion for Crypton and Sunbrella at market as well. Both of these are excellent options for stain resistance and easy cleanability. Between Crypton and Sunbrella, Sunbrella is the better choice for outdoors because it offers more protection from mildew.
The moral of the performance story is this: if you love the look of a white sofa or if you’ve always wanted to invest in a high quality sofa, but have pets and/or kids and grandkids, fear not! Performance fabric cleans easily and resists stains. So, go get that white sofa!
The trends that I like to look out for are not “high fashion.” So, the trends I am discussing here are merely a pattern of what I saw emerging at the 2019 Fall Market. There definitely were some very high fashion lines out there and I thoroughly enjoyed looking at them, but I don’t think they are the kind of trends that will have a timeless appeal.
While, I think it’s really fun to add some accent pieces that are more fashionable, I believe in style in the way Yves Saint Laurent did, “Fashion fades, style is eternal.”
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