So Tricia (my Senior Colour Designer) and I just had a super fun weekend at High Point Market checking out all the new and hot decor trends for 2019.
I’ve always been fascinated by the trend cycle, and I look forward to market every year so I can bring the latest news to you in my annual trend report. And there is SO much to report this year!
I started specifying colour in the early 2000’s when we were still in the pink beige/sage green/ginger maple, trend.
After that, the Tuscan Brown trend started in 2002 in the West Coast, with lots more beige, UNTIL the grey trend arrived, around 2009.
I’ll always remember arriving in a clients home (around 2002) who still had existing, untouched, decor from the 80s.
Her living room was decorated in emerald tones, fuchsia, forest greens, and teals (ALL of which we saw a lot of at market by the way). During the consultation, I had my large paint samples, and I held up beige after beige and they all died when paired with her strong colours. Grey was of course, the same. Very bad.
In the end, it was specifically a yellow beige on the green side that looked the best because it read as a colour, a muted yellow green.
The take away story this year is that the trendy neutral of the last almost ten years, GREY, has hit full saturation point. Many of the showrooms had attractive, colourful storefront rooms, but when you walked though, you would inevitably find yourself surrounded by grey-on-grey vignettes this Spring at High Point Market.
More. than. ever. before.
Which tells me that the all-grey-look is overexposed and poised to look generic and even tacky. As a result, beige is feeling new, warm and sophisticated again.
A pretty, small scale Pink Beige print at CR Laine
If fact most showrooms also had some beige rooms, and the high end showrooms had A LOT of serene cream and pale beige.
When I say beige is back, this is not to be confused with brown is back. Yes, we saw browns at Market as well, but no one is running out to buy a brown living room set anytime soon.
Brown will take a back seat now in interior design, just as grey will shortly as well.
Just to be clear, there is nothing wrong with brown, or grey or black. It’s the OVERUSE of these neutrals that screams “I decorated in the brown or grey trend”.
And the beige we saw in showrooms at high point was mostly pale beige, so it was fresh. There was lots of pink beige of course, but it was also interesting to see some yellow beige and orange beige which we have not seen in quite some time.
A combination of yellow beige and green grey at Bernhardt
There was very little black (even though black is the new grey and there was lots of black at Maison et Objet in Paris two years ago).
But aside from lots of gray, there was a whole lot of gorgeous bright colour too. The Thibaut showroom is always a delight and reliable for bold colour and pattern mixing (below).
And I was happy to see so much fresh, kelly green. This shade of green has been on the fringe of trends for years, hopefully there will be many more products available in this happy green!
Kelly Green and Green Beige at CR Laine
Kelly Green and Cream by Mark D. Sikes for Henredon
Yellow was also here and introduced in smaller accents, often as a counterpoint to gray and deep dramatic colours. (After all this is how gold, basically rich yellow, is used.)
There was a new shade of plum/eggplant which we saw repeated in a few showrooms. In general there were lots of dramatic deep toned walls from saturated blues and forest greens to almost black.
Plum and Pink Beige at Alden Parkes
Violet Gray and near Black Walls at Bernhardt
Red is back but it’s a clean and fresh red, very far from the muted, burgundy red of the 80s and 90s. It was paired with lots of white and fresh blues.
There were lots of luxurious details like decorative boxes, mirrors, coffee tables, you name it, wrapped in textured materials like embossed leather or grass cloth.
This style of chair entirely wrapped in fabric was also everywhere. I remember a decorator friend had two of these in her living room 20 years ago.
Pink was still a big story at High Point this year. Most memorably in the most breathtaking collection of new furniture, Suzanne Kasler’s Paris Apartment collection for Hickory Chair (below).
I love the white pendants in this library vignette also by Suzanne Kasler below.
Gallery white walls were very well represented at the market this year, but they were paired with endless amounts of white upholstery which is really the only way to make them work.
Related post: 5 Reasons You Cannot Paint your House Art Gallery White
I was really excited to meet my favourite decorator of all time, Jeffrey Bilhuber. He is even more lovely and charming than you might expect. I have written posts or mentioned him, many times over the years, here, here and here. I have all his books and use them as a styling resource anytime I’m styling a room.
Whenever I’m specifying swing arm lamps behind a sofa, I show one of his interiors to my clients.
Related post: 10 Styling Lessons from Jeffrey Bilhuber
Whimsical reproduction Staffordshire dogs were the primary motif this market! Actually, fanciful beasts were everywhere. Parrots, monkeys and tigers were all over fabrics and wall coverings.
Love this clever freestanding sconce on a weighted concrete base to tuck into a a bookshelf from the same vignette at C.R. Laine.
Loved these daisy inspired lights! from Hudson Valley Lighting
My friend Denise McGaha has an amazing collection of classic and timeless stone mantels with Materials Marketing, you can view and buy them here.
Tricia Firmaniuk and Maria Killam
And here we are zipping around the showrooms at cocktail hour (it’s hard work haha). Visual Comfort was adorning everyone with these Mardi Gras like gold beads. And oh my, they were showing off some gorgeous lighting.
Tricia is an artist, so when SHE actually liked a piece of art, I would sit up and pay attention! Like this simple line drawing by Picasso.
So there you have it! Although all the retailers will certainly have lots of gray upholstery available for you this year, it’s at the END of the trend cycle, and NOT the time to buy it. Let’s focus on their fresher offerings full of colour!
What is your favourite trend or colour palette?