This week I spent three glorious days walking the gigantic buildings at the High Point Market with buyer/interior designer friends. Thousands of showrooms touted the latest and greatest new introductions and long-time favorites in furniture, accessories and lighting. The crisp autumn weather was the perfect backdrop for the 70,000+ (wholesale-only) buyers from around the globe who arrive twice a year to buy for their stores and clients.
Living right near the Market has its advantages, and I have been able to create faux finishes in showrooms, work the Market in sales, and attend as a buyer for my businesses. I feel like I know it from many perspectives. It’s always exhilarating for me. The excitement, the crowded showrooms, the musical entertainment, and the sheer creativity that abounds. I always come away with ideas for projects and, yes, something small for our home.
What did I learn this Market? Shown above, the color trends skew toward blues and reds. The metal is goldy-brass and very dominant, though silver and pewter are still found.
Though I rarely shop rugs, I do take notice. Non-traditional rug designs do influence my ideas. I particularly like these for their pattern, scale and color:
At Blue Ocean Traders’ showroom, giant displays of crystals, geodes and amethyst were eye candy for designers and me.
No doubt, my style is eclectic, pattern and color-loving, with texture thrown in. (Upper left below), I spent some time talking to the designer at Pulvermacher Designs, where fair trade supports the women of Bijapur, India. Her designs were fresh, beautifully patterned découpage. My favorite booth of the show.
Stunning glass as art and lighting always grabs my attention at SkLO, and the bright, textured canvas art at showrooms like Leftbank Art makes me linger and drool:
But what about furniture finishes, you may ask? Of course, that’s what I am always on the lookout for. Here is a lovely display of rustic candlesticks and the perfect distressed piece that exemplifies the worldwide DIY painted furniture trend:
And again this Market, these finishes were shown, though not dominant:
From crackled and distressed, to hand-painted, to distressed and stenciled, to just plain creative, painted, patterned furniture made a statement:
HOWEVER, to me, most abundant were the washed, Scandanavian-look pieces, and natural wood statement pieces like these found at Eloquence and others:
What’s the bottom line for DIY furniture painters? Paint like crazy! But instead of heavy coats of paint with distressing on that oak furniture, washing it with Old White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan is IN, and another option!