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2018 High Point Spring Market

My team and I prevailed upon High Point Market, in High Point, North Carolina. High Point Market happens twice a year and is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, with 2000 vendors in 180 buildings. We had a blast visiting showrooms, attending parties, meeting with our designer friends and finding out what the hot trends will be on the floors of our favorite showrooms in the coming year! While the fall Market was all about the resurgence of the 1970s, I found that this Spring, I was drawn to the following new trends:

Florals.

Burlwood.

Cement & Plaster.

Velvet.

Metals.

Overall, I found that there were many more modern options and less farmhouse in the designs presented by the vendors. One stand-out trend was chairs with metal bases. Where previously we've seen chairs with thick gold bands, now the chairs displayed had thinner metal, often black bases.

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The incorporation of metal continued with a trend of gold inlay in wood pieces - in everything from buffets to trays, this was everywhere. Natural materials continued to make a strong statement: lots of rattan and macrame wall hangings (the 1970s is still in full force).

On the floral front, patterned sofas and pillows were huge. YAY! I love a floral piece of upholstery, and the Market offerings did NOT disappoint. Patterns were everywhere (especially geometric) - and wallpaper is solidly back and its bold and usually removable (PRAISE THE LORD).

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Everywhere you looked, it was GREEN GREEN GREEN (which happens to be my favorite color). The best use of this color, along with other on-trend jewel tones, is layered with neutrals so it stands out in a room.

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We so enjoyed shopping for our clients and seeing what unique pieces we could select for upcoming projects. I can't wait for the next Market in October.