Rebekah Clark of Decorating Den Interiors gave a presentation on the current trends observed at the recent High Point Market in North Carolina. She outlined many trends in the design world, from colors and finishes to furniture styles and textiles.
Many trends are still going strong—mid-century modern design, neutral gray tones—but there are many more that are growing in popularity.
1. Gold Metals
Muted gold finishes are still trending, but mixing metals has become an attractive and sometimes necessary option as well. Silvers, mixed with gold, copper, bronze and even cast-iron create a collected and curated look.
The clear material remains popular in furniture (chairs and coffee tables), but is also gaining traction in other applications. Acrylic furniture legs, bar carts, even curtain rods and finials are being used more and more. The luminousness of the material is perfect to use in small spaces, as it has less visual heft and lends a chic sensibility.
3. Island Living
With more stable economic times come brighter, more acidic color tones. Greenery, Pantone’s color of the year, is reflective of this, as are other pops of color like bubble gum pink and tropical reds and oranges. Neutral wall colors still reign supreme, but island-themed accessories and bright throw pillows combine to make a space fresh and new. Tropical, leafy prints are trending as well, as is the rattan and wicker furniture that pairs with it. The woven, woody textures look great juxtaposed with bright colors.
4. Details, Details
Lots of trims and details make the boring and neutral more personal. Monogramming and small additions like pom-poms and tassels bring in color and visual interest. These types of things can easily be added to textiles and fabric items in the home. Faux finishes also add welcome detail to small furniture pieces and accessories. Faux bois and shagreen finishes elevate a basic tray or side table to something more remarkable.
Many showrooms at the Indiana Design Center have pieces that reflect these current trends. A customer can go all-in and splurge on a hibiscus-red refrigerator, or add some bright green piping and a monogram to a throw pillow. The combinations are numerous and can be specified to your needs.