Here are the top colour trends that dominated High Point Market this fall. Join us as we explore room design styles, ideas and inspiration to help you incorporate some of the most-seen colour trends into your interior decor in 2020.
Two of my team members, Tricia Firmaniuk and Kristy Robb toured High Point Market (I was in a relationship mastery course in Maui and couldn’t be there) last weekend to bring you the colour trends for 2020:
Kristy and I packed it in last weekend at High Point Market. We toured so many showrooms full of gorgeous vignettes. Here are the top NEW colour trends we spotted as well as a few we’ve seen before but are still going strong.
Grab a coffee, we have SO much to show you!
Kristy and Tricia
What’s NEW in colour for 2020?
There was a clear shift towards deep and moody colour this market. But of course, it was a FALL market, and who doesn’t like to indulge in some smoky palettes this time of year? We noticed deeper colour, especially on walls, was a persistent theme. White walls were scarce.
This rich and moody room at Thibaut was a stand out for me.
The room above hit on many of the trends we were noticing. Antique and botanical art we posted about here. Dark walls and woodwork made the light sofa, art and textiles stand out. Geometric prints, and leafy-green mixed with white made the heavier palette and antique art feel modern and new.
Also at Thibaut, warm brass pendants mixed with deep reds to create a rich tone-on-tone look with the brick walls.
While not as ubiquitous as green, wine and rich burgundy reds were well-represented too. The Thibaut showroom is always a highlight, and they captured the rich fall palette beautifully (above).
There was plenty of atmosphere at the Vanguard showroom. Black walls, dramatic wallpaper and grey upholstery create a masculine look. Oversized lamps and round tables with sculptural pedestal bases could be found everywhere too.
Wood finishes were often cool and natural, cerused or washed like this table above. However, there were some noticeably warmer and more traditional wood tones beginning to make an appearance.
Here’s the Scoop on Grey
Every brand had their token grey room. But, there was noticeably LESS grey to be seen than before. Many of the grey rooms were layered with ample fresh white, like this room at Bernhardt.
White and grey at Bernhardt
Bernhardt is a popular furniture brand that still sells lots of grey, However, Trish, our showroom guide pointed out that they have been receiving feedback that buyers would like to see more colour in their line. So, they styled some blue and white rooms too.
And surprisingly, their feature showroom was an designer-in-residence collaboration that was easily the boldest, most fashion forward vignette we saw all weekend (below).
The Black and White Trend
Black and white was most often bold, contemporary and glam.
Black marble was mixed with graphic prints, rather than farmhouse, rustic or industrial – looks which decidedly took a back seat at this market.
Black and White at Century
Green was the star of the show: (all shades of sage, olive, and forest green)
Kristy and I agree. If we needed to land on ONE colour that ruled them all at High Point Market this season it was GREEN. Maria first blogged about olive green coming back in 2014. It took a while for it to hit mainstream.
Greens of all kinds were represented. However, sage, forest, leaf and olive greens dominated. Greens that reference nature, rather than cooler and cleaner ones like kelly green or mint.
Library Chic Style Trend
Green velvet is not really news, but there was also an abundance of olive and forest green leather upholstery. “Library Chic” is the term that came to mind when we spotted all that green leather paired with miles of wood and dowdy plaids in deep green and burgundy.
I was expecting to see more earth tones this season and while colour trends are definitely warming up, I was surprised to see so much sage and burgundy plaid. This room at Century felt like it was pulled right from the pages of a 90s playbook.
I’m not sure I’m ready for that yet, are you?
“Library Chic” vignette with sage green walls, olive green leather sofa and earthy plaid at Century
More plaid and warm wood with green accents were styled below at Wesley Hall.
Green and Pink Colour Pairings
But there were also plenty of fresher rooms featuring green. Most often green was paired with pale or blush pink, as in this gorgeous room by Mary McDonald at Chaddock.
Pink, Taupe and Gold Combinations
Pink Boucle Chair by Miranda Kerr at Universal
Pale pink is still going strong, as Maria noted when we talked about this post, it’ll have its 10 year trend moment just like the 80s. It might be time to stop referring to it as a totally ‘feminine’ shade.
Miranda Kerr’s collection for Universal featured pink paired with glam gold, white and taupe. She also used lots of mother of pearl, lacquered white finishes and lucite, which could be seen in showrooms everywhere too.
This fuzzy textured chair (above) was part of a huge trend. We noticed tactile boucle accent chairs and even sofas everywhere we went. Most often they were white or cream, but sometimes they were in pretty pastels. And they are SO inviting when you’ve been on your feet all day.
Kristy couldn’t resist this cozy boucle chair at Kravet
Blues were Cooler
Also at Chaddock, designer Larry Laslo did a breathtakingly bold and artful room in electric blue. Deep, saturated cobalt and ultramarine is so modern and of the moment. It is also classic (think Yves Klein Blue). He balanced it with light wood tones, lots of white, gold, spring green and hits of black.
Also striking in blue was this fabulous reinterpretation of the equestrian estate style by Scot Meacham Wood at the Aspire Show House. It featured Sherwin Williams’ colour of the year, Naval, on all trim and woodwork. And smart blue and white plaid on the walls with rich traditional wood, vintage art and gorgeous pattern play.
Notice all the plaid again. In this room I think he did a great job of making it new by pairing it with the animal print rug and floral sofa, not to mention all that crisp blue and white.
Blues were either deep cobalt or navy, or they were cooler light and medium tone blues like slate and sky blue. Of course, perennial chinoiserie blue and white are still around as well. Conspicuously missing was the warm blue range of aqua and turquoise and the coastal look they are often associated with.
Let’s talk about brown.
Yep, there was brown. It was not an overwhelming take-over-the-world amount of brown like we saw in the Tuscan trend. But it has returned as an option now that it is no longer vehemently banned by designers everywhere. In other words, it looks like we now have enough distance from the overuse of it that we can begin to add it into the palette again.
Brown is always well-represented in leather chairs an unpainted brown stained furniture pieces. But there was much more brown framed art, and deep chocolate walls.
A large white painting looks crisp against chocolate walls with a forest green sofa at Hickory Chair
Gold Metals and Textiles
Brass and gold hardware, lighting and accent furniture is clearly not going anywhere (more on lighting trends in a post coming soon). But deep gold tones could also be seen as an accent colour in upholstery and textiles. Often it was used to warm up black and white. Or combined with greens and pinks for a more retro mod feel.
This white shiplap room with gold curtains and black windows is the most “farmhouse” look I remember seeing, by Lauren Liess for Woodbridge Furniture
I think it’s safe to say that colour was moodier at this market. Again, this could be in part, a reflection of the season. However, it looks like designers everywhere we went were indulging in cozy palettes with touches of lodge, country estate and “library chic”. Designers, after all, are astute at picking up the mood.
I personally have a weakness for cozy fall fashion and decor, especially earthy palettes of olive and mustard. So the moodier vignettes of this fall market really tugged at my heart strings.
I’m sure the industry would LOVE if we would all get in the habit of completely redecorating for the season. While I won’t be jumping in to order an olive or plaid sofa, it sure is fun to change out some styling and vignettes each season to keep things interesting and fresh. So I hope we’ve inspired some ideas!
My creative juices are flowing from our tour of High Point Market, I might hunt for some bold botanical prints and antique pictures to layer some patina into my rooms this season. And, all my paintable surfaces will be under scrutiny to see if I can make them a bit richer. I love changing it up.
Will you indulge in any of these top 2020 colour trends?
How about you? Will you do some redecorating for the fall season? Of the rooms we shared, which is your favourite?
How do you feel about the 90s plaid vibe sneaking in at the fringes of interior design again? It’s already making a comeback in fashion. Nordstrom has so many variations of plaid.
The other big news from the market is lighting trends. There is so much to show you we decided it should be its own post… so stay tuned!
PS. I’m happy to announce that I was named a top innovator for 2019 for Kitchen & Bath Design News along with other fabulous colleagues in the industry: