The High Point of Your Home Decor
Show Off Your Decorating Flair With These Home Interior Trends
By Mara Soloway
The High Point Market is back with its home interiors prognostications for this Spring. This twice-yearly market held in North Carolina is full of design and furniture inspiration. If you can’t find something you love at this market, then it just hasn’t yet been produced for the residential market. This year’s High Point Style Spotters, trendsetters who are in the interior design and home furnishings professions, weigh in on all things beautiful and must-have that homeowners will value as part of their personal style.
In this article, we’re mixing several of the High Point trends with those of other respected designers, style experts and furniture companies to give you the buzz on the latest styles.
For this category, Houston-based interior designer Laura Umansky found that several design houses tastefully tested styling norms. “I saw plenty of edgy and contemporary pieces with clean lines and daring features. Playful accents were innovative takes on classic pieces. In addition, acrylic is still en vogue but made quieter appearances,” she said.
Beds from Restoration Hardware fit this category to a Zzzz. Its Bali Bed is crafted of brown oak and stainless steel and is an exclusive recreation of the original piece designed by Vicente Wolf. Its Geometric Platform Bed is crafted by Richard Forwood with faceted diamond shapes pieced by hand with precisely mitered edges.
The Hancock and Moore Infinity Chair has the look of “contemporary mountain lodge” styling. It uses the en vogue acrylic as sidearm panels to lend a floating effect to its camel seat.
When is a mirror a work of contemporary art? When it is Christoper Guy’s Bambou with rows of interlocking carved “bamboo cranes” that create a random grid. Hang it near the designer’s Baiser Gauche, a loveseat with an asymmetric slant (available to the right or the left) complemented by a curled wood carving and criss-cross legs.
Let There Be Light
Lighting can be so utilitarian, which is fine – we want to sit by a lamp and have it give off enough light to read by. But, thankfully, lighting fixtures have been given artistic and interesting looks that hold their own in any decorating scheme.
A sleek Italian chandelier from the 1960s inspired Restoration Hardware’s modern minimalist interpretation, the Lynx Chandelier. The bold brass uprights are finished with an optical-grade crystal. RH’s Axis 3-Tier Chandelier is also stunning, with the same minimalist, industrial sensibility. Designed by blacksmith and metal artist Jon Sarriugarte, its frame is crafted of bulbs hang from tiered hoops in a cascade of light.
Bradburn Home also has created a chandelier with a fresh perspective. Its Savannah Chandelier, designed by Melea Markell, has a burnished bronze iron frame and antique porcelain roses.
For the table, Bradburn’s Avril Rose Lamp has handmade and applied roses in gold leaf spiral around the tulip-shaped base. The luxe-look lamp is made in Italy.
Interior designer Marie Flanigan wrote in the High Point Style Report that this category has exquisite elements including luxurious fabrics and saturated hues. “It was a joy to see that sultry gem tones and lush fabrics and finishes are continuing to make themselves comfortable on everything from furniture and rugs to lighting and wallpaper,” she said.
Bradburn continues the floral patterns with inlaid mother of pearl on its Mint Chest and its Inlaid Cabinet. Their muted tones add understated elegance to their beautiful craftsmanship.
The Magnolia Homes Mercury Glass Coffee Table is a timeless piece, with slender, tapered metal legs and frame topped with an inset antique mirror top for a vintage touch. A matching Mercury Glass End Table is also available. Joanna Gaines chose a plush fog-colored velvet fabric for her Tailor Sofa to make it a true eclectic mixer.
Taylor King’s Serenity collection uses gorgeous fabrics in muted colors on pieces that blend traditional and contemporary elements. The Dow Chair has a fabric with a floral motif in matte and gloss. The Springer Chair gives wonderful back comfort in a sculpted velvet of muted blue. The Dauphine Chair features a chinoiserie woven in various shades of pale pink and soft grey.
Even the family dog can have something sophistication to call his or her own. RH’s Louis Pet Bed has a wrap-around back and plush seat cushion framed in carved oak and set on classic turned legs. The upholstery is resistant to dirt and moisture.
What else but Magnolia Home would fit this category? The Stacked Slat Bed and Tables has an up-cycled look with its horizontal wood crate style slats and distressed finish.
Magnolia Home pieces that work well in any room include the comfy Cotillion Chair and the Cameo Armoire with its great storage and French-inspired styling.
Umansky also found that warm and masculine detailing had a strong presence at High Point. She noted, “After seasons of crisp white upholstery and bright brass frames, we see the industry turning to tailored pieces wrapped in leather and wool. Dark and rich color palettes were prevalent.”
Restoration Hardware’s Maddox Leather U-Sofa Sectional has handsome written all over it. The perfectly proportioned sofa from Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner is clean, crisp and comfortable. Sectional components are available individually, in a range of depths and sizes.
Magnolia Home’s Framework Metal Hutch has a play of vertical and horizontal lines with a vintage and work-worn character.
Hancock & Moore is showcasing an array of leather chairs in various tan shades. The Sebring Swivel Desk Chair is said to resemble the seat of a 1960s Ferrari, while the leather of its Painters Chair is meant to create a vintage, worn-in effect.
The Noble Settee offers minimalist handsome, with rattan panels woven into a concentric diamond pattern. The fabric has rich denim and neutral beige tones with neckroll pillows providing a nice complement.
Adding new pieces in any of these to categories your home will help define your style and show your interior decorating flair. Whether you add a few items or work with an interior design firm to redo a full room or two, you’ll be pleased with your new high points of style.