What’s In Style For Your Home’s Interior – Part I
The Latest Furniture and Decorating Trends
By Mara Soloway
Just like the fashions we wear, certain furniture and decorative pieces emerge as trends that highlight what is in vogue for the home. Often they are announced by the manufacturers and start gaining buzz at industry trades shows. Held twice a year, The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world; its fall market is being held Oct. 22-26 in High Point, North Carolina. Tens of thousands of new products are introduced here each year, along with the display of other beautiful furniture, artwork, fabrics and accessories.
This article combines the Market’s Style Report, which is filled with keen observations from its team of Style Spotters, with other furniture and home fashions from manufacturers that are available in our area: Jessica Charles, Flexsteel, Baker-Meredith, Baker-Kindel-Karges-Councill, Magnolia Home, Universal-Plantation and Vanguard.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our trends update in the November issue of Lifestyles & Homes.
Accent furniture manufacturer Jessica Charles has a lineup of stylish seating in playful cheetah prints. Whether we call it a bench, a settee or a loveseat, each one meets the benchmarks of quality and good looks. Each piece is made by local residents outside High Point, who ensure lasting quality by using traditional construction techniques.
The Basha Bench is more angular than the Pasadena Settee, but both are stunning in large groupings or small spaces such as hallways.
Style Spotter Laura Bielecki noticed that round forms permeated so many furniture and decorative pieces collections.
Baker’s Agate Round Lamp Table is from architect and furniture designer Jean-Louis Denoit’s collection, which was inspired by 20th-century vintage pieces. Clear glass tops the circle over a brass frame and cut pattern that is abstract.
Circles are also being used as painted pattern elements. Originally designed in the 1970s, Kindel recently updated this stylish Karges Rectangular Screen with a hand-painted Metropole finish in saffron. The screen can be customized by color, finish, and size. Kindel can provide color and finish options or can match or create a custom color.
The New Old:
Antique & Vintage Resurgence
Brynn Olson finds a strong trend toward vintage looks with unique contemporary updates. “Taking cues from the past is always en vogue when looking toward the future,” notes the interior designer in the Style Report.
The modern farmhouse look of the Magnolia Home collection, designed by HGTV star Joanna Gaines, is a beautiful addition to this trend. Her country chic style is now available at Star Furniture.
The Showcase Buffet and Hutch in burnish saddle wood finish has classic details such as crown molding, ogee-shaped drawers, and bracket feet. It offers ample storage in the drawers and display space behind the framed doors.
The Archive Hutch and Buffet has a more nostalgic look, with sliding barn-styled doors on black metal tracks and apothecary-look drawer fronts, all in an Antique White painted finish. (It is also available in a Bench wood finish by custom order.)
A classic design by Dorothy Draper, the Double Bureau with nine drawers features faux bamboo corner posts and rails, finished in black lacquer and hand-painted in gold paint with solid brass ring pull hardware. It is also available with polished nickel hardware.
Utilitarian with a Stylish Twist
What could possibly be new in bookshelves? Flexsteel’s Bridgewater Bookshelf is. A riveted iron corner brace accent is Bridgewater’s key feature and complements the solid hackberry planks, which are distressed in a warm wood finish. Thick, clear glass shelves add to the unit’s sturdiness.
The Softer Side
Another Style Spotter, interior designer Marie Flanigan, writes that we’re getting in touch with the softer side of design after spending years “embracing the strength and power that industrial elements deliver to a space.” Bring on the furnishings with sculptural, curved silhouettes!
The Low Country Day Bed from Universal’s River House Line will add style to any room. The rounded shape of its metal forms and mattress speak to us of softness and rest.
Another piece from Baker’s Denoit collection invites you to either luxuriously stretch out and relax or to join several others to sit together in comfort. The rounded shaped piece comes in soft fabrics of Blue chenille or “mink.” The standard finish is Chocolate Mink with Antique Bronze ferrules; several options for wood and ferrule finishes are available.
The Latest Furniture and Decorating Trends