Show Business: Highlights from High Point Market

Oh, from the people you meet — product designers, book authors and industry tastemakers — to the lineup of new introductions — High Point Spring Market never disappoints. Last week the energy was in the air as we logged in about 40 miles of foot traffic — and countless shuttle excursions — to hundreds of showrooms to explore what’s hot in home furnishings and accessories. Many new introductions will be shared in upcoming issues, but until then, here’s a snapshot into some of our travails, trending color stories and takeaways from market:

Left: Erin Gates, founder of Erin Gates Design and creator of the award-winning blog Elements of Style ( pictured with Design NJ Associate Editor Meg Fox at her book signing event (Elements of Family Style: Elegant Spaces for Everyday Life) in Carlstadt-based Momeni rugs High Point showroom. | Right: Designing duo John Locke (left) and Jason Oliver Nixon — founders of Madcap Cottage — were excited to showcase their new, colorful Swizzle Stick collection for Newport Cottages. As co-authors of a new book titled Prints Charming, they offered this sage advice: “Banish the beige, and embrace prints and patterns!”;

Going Green: Emerald, forest, herbal, moss, malachite, leafy or verdant green. Colors in the green spectrum took the spotlight in a broad range of showrooms.

Other notable treatments: clean-lined and tailored silhouettes, performance fabrics, button tufting, channel tufting, white finishes, lush velvets and saturated colors.

Left: Thibaut’s Tropics Collection in verdant green | Center: Chaddock showroom | Right: Century leather chair

Mustard on the side: Pops of yellow take their cues from fashion runways.

Left: Lillian August sofa | Center: CR Laine ottoman | Right: Taylor King plush velvet chairs

Blush Crush: An easy to live with shade that is touted as the new neutral.

Other notable treatments: statement-making hardware, upholstery with metal feet, bold, abstract artwork, wallpaper and murals.

Top: Pearson Harper sofa | Left: Bernhardt console | Right: Worlds Away sideboard

Coral Pop: Juicy shades from papaya to watermelon vied for attention whether layered or alone.

Top: Massoud chair in Tacenda Coral | Left: Thibaut Tropics Collection | Right: Vignette in Chaddock showroom

Shades of mint or seafoam upped their game, especially on leather.

Left: Lexington leather sofa | Center: Vignette at Highland House | Right: Hancock & Moore sofa

Shades of brown are poised for a comeback: Norwalk Furniture and other industry experts predict a trend of soft browns in upholstery, wood finishes and other accents as the furniture industry and consumers look for the next new base color direction away from gray.

Top: Norwalk settee | Left: Currey & Company lamp | Right: Norwalk sofa and ottoman