Specialty Materials Add Interest and Vibrancy
Fusion Of Attractive Pieces Brings Pizzazz To Your Home
By Mara Soloway
To make your home’s interior spaces be dynamic, balanced and infused with your individuality, think Spring. The interior furnishings that are part of this Spring’s designer collections will add the feel of visual beauty to your home. Start with a foundation of harmony and elegance – one with classic and organic designs with pastel and more colorful elements. To bring a touch of added Spring’s pizzazz to your rooms, complement these furnishings with the latest trends as shown at the renown furnishing trade show, High Point Market, and in its Winter/Spring 2015-16 Style Report. The distinctive trends that will show off your home include interesting geometrics and pieces crafted with metal, wood, plexiglass and other iconic materials. At a minimum, they will be conversation starters and ultimately will contribute visual beauty to your decor for many years.
We’re sharing the thoughts of some of the well-known interior professionals who contributed to the Style Report. Beth Dotolo, co-owner and principal interior designer of Pulp Design Studios, attended the Market. She has branded the mix of materials as “Ethereal Glam” and feels we’re trending toward a more glamorous approach to a new simplified look. “Earthy neutrals and flat whites crave a bit of sparkle and luxury. Whites, brass and acrylics are trending, and our interiors are beginning to take on an ethereal feel,” she said.
For the Love of Wood
Known for her contemporary interior makeovers, designer Lori Gilder is aware that incorporating modern and elegant wood furnishings into our designs says “welcome” in any space. She saw numerous pieces at the Market crafted of wood that will bring a natural sophistication into the home, with detailing that shows a handcrafted texture and intricacy.
The Antiquarian round dining table by Bernhardt is an elegant piece that is a building block for a formal dining room or even an eat-in kitchen. Depending on the design of the room and the homeowner’s style, the table can be dressed up with formal dining chairs and a buffet, or it could be given a more casual look depending on the chairs and interior accents used.
As always, Jonathan Charles plays with form and function to create whimsical designs. The Emperor Red chest of drawers blends Asian and mid-century motifs in an eclectic yet sophisticated look. The line’s Octagon Limed Acacia coffee table is a stunning design and beautiful from any angle, even from above.
What is available for those who like a minimum amount of wood? It can be kept simple, as in Flexsteel living room pieces. The restrained wooden legs of the several tables and the living room sofa, love seat and recliner blend well with the furniture fabrics and the tabletops.
The Moderne platform bed by Thomas Pheasant for Baker Furniture is outlined in wood with a dark, rich finish. It is understated and still luxurious, reminiscent of 1940s Hollywood Modern. The bed can be integrated into any color scheme.
Metals of Honor
Patti Johnson seeks out new and innovative products for her interior design aesthetic. Metals fit the mold this season as seen at the Market. She found that polished nickel and brushed brass were more dominant than other metals; however the more rustic metals were also evident for a less formal look. Metal accents on furniture and lighting add a certain crispness to a room, as well as a sparkle here and there.
“Truly there was a metal for every taste and style debuting at the Market. Metal adds an additional layer to the design of a piece of furniture as well as the design aesthetic,” she said.
The Luxe chair from Bernhardt shows its flair with interlocking metal squares as side supports and arm rests. Another interesting Bernhardt chair, the Headon, is more simplified in its use of metal but just as eclectic as the Luxe. Many accent tables are available, including Alden Parkes’ Monaco end table that has a walnut-stained top and a brass-look frame supports.
Geometrics continue to be up near the top of everyone’s list of must-haves, thanks to their many patterns, including chevron, trellis and honeycomb. These will work with any decorating style – mid-century modern, classic, contemporary and more. Geometrics with a clean, simplified aesthetic shone all over the Market.
The Jessica Charles collection incorporates large, repeating patterns on their settees, gliders, swivel rockers, Lexi slipper chairs and Lexi vanity chairs. Accent tables with bold geometry include the Jonathan Charles Dark Santos console table with its octagonal support. The Antiquarian dining room set by Bernhardt makes the basic rectangle a thing of function and beauty. Kincaid’s Fitzgerald swivel chair has strong rectangularity and comes in plain and patterned fabrics.
Plexiperfect and Opaque
According to luxury interior designer Leslie Hendrix Wood, there is certainly power in the transparency of plexiglas and acrylic furnishings. She finds that transparency works well in rooms dominated by color and pattern because it does not take up visual space.
“This medium reflects light and can inject any space with renewed energy. The clear, reflective quality of plexiglas makes it a perfect candidate for small spaces,” said the Midland, Texas-based professional. “Updating traditional design with plexiglas adds a contemporary touch and can produce stunning results.”
Alden Parkes furnishings have several tables with inspired uses of transparent tops in beautiful turquoise tones. The top of the Oceana console table gives a cascading effect of waves; a clear glass top is also available. The soothing tone of the company’s Glacial cocktail table will bring you a sense of relaxation. Add the Neue Sofa from Laura Kirar-Baker in a matching tone for a cohesive look. The sofa is available in more than 700 fabric options.
As these trending furniture items show, no piece is an island unto itself. Wood is mixed with plexiglass, geometry with metals, et cetera. The results are vibrant, sometimes eclectic and always appealing furnishings that will add beauty, form and function to your home.
The movement of an ocean wave is captured in Alden Parkes’ Oceana console table.
Specialty Materials Add Interest and Vibrancy