INTERIOR DESIGN Trend Report High Point Market

High Point Market Spring 2018 Report

We are shaking off minimalism and spreading our wings.  “Express yourself” was the underlying current felt at this year's market. If one did not hear the word “maximalism” uttered, they certainly felt the movement. Splashes of colors, lush fabrics, metals, glass, quartz and Lucite textiles lined the aisles displayed by exhibitors in the IHFC Building during market.

The opportunity to attend market means different things to different people. Whether it's an escape from the day to day routine, a chance to meet face to face with industry experts, or to connect with like-minded friends, market equals energy and inspiration. 
image above : event at the Currey & Company showroom

The Design Trend is focused on "The EXPERIENCE" of a space.

How does the space make you feel...

Exotic, Bohemian, Luxury…these are just some of the words used to describe the influence felt at market this spring. We are seeing a shift towards Maximalism, a reaction to the Scandinavian- minimalism that has inspired us for years. Maximalism is a move away from minimalism, a “more is more” philosophy in opposition to the “less is more” standard.  More color, more pattern, more texture and more comfort – spaces focused on the experience. Consumers want to express themselves and Maximalism allows them to do that. As with all changes, there will be a trickle-down effect. Minimalists will continue to practice restraint while slowly adding layers of tonal colors and comfort.

Fabrics with a purpose are evolving with more aesthetically pleasing options and colors, including recycled materials, plant based fabrics and performance fabrics. 

Sustainable Performance fabrics from Sunbrella and Crypton were certainly at the forefront of many conversations, new prints and colors making them family friendly design favorites. White sofas are no longer taboo with families and pets.   

Lush velvets and trims are trending, and blush―or Millennial pink―is still popular.  Sexy 70s and 80s curved lines in furniture are making a comeback. Acrylic has experienced incredible staying power, and “floating furniture,” adds visual lightness to an airy larger room experience.  

Lacquer paired with materials such as metal and wood create visual and textural contrasts, and surfaces ranged from matte to liquid gloss, offering a wide range of possibilities. Designers are revisiting the time-honored ornamental lacquer techniques and effects.  Lacquer finishes will become more prominent across the interiors market over the next few seasons as the 1970s continue to influence home wares.

Traditional style is leaning towards an enhanced experience, as well, without compromising aesthetics by incorporating more mixed metals, organic lines, lacquer and acrylic. 

Nature inspires this movement and enhances the “experience” of a space regardless of theme.  Organic lines, artisanal designs and patterns will continue to influence interior design for many more years to come.

We hope that you have enjoyed our trend report. Here's to an inspiring and productive summer - make it a super one!

Take a peek at some of our favorite lines below.

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Global Views

Bunny Williams Home


Regina Andrew





Selamat Designs

Hickory Chair

Currey & Company

Bungalow 5

DSA Design Team

Designer Society of America