High Point Market Trends - Spring 2013 Top Five

Twice a year at Market, those working in the industry get a preview of what is being manufactured for the consumer. We recently returned and have been talking all week about the top five trends we discovered:

I. Emerald Green (PANTONE®  color of the year)

Layout: Kimberly Kowalski, allied ASID

Layout: Kimberly Kowalski, allied ASID

Every year, a small group of experts gather together to forecast the color trends. Often times these trends hit the fashion world first. From there, interior designers get their cue. This year EMERALD GREEN is no doubt the hue to have.

II. “The New Gold Standard”

Layout: Kimberly Kowalski, allied ASID

Layout: Kimberly Kowalski, allied ASID

When it comes to using a metallic finish in interiors, it is difficult to ignore the huge surge in popularity of this rich metal. The finishes range from matte to polished, hammered or variegated, and it can be seen on a variety of pieces. Most often, we saw this warm tone mixed with cool white or deep ebony making it glitter that much more. Gold accents are the “jewelry” of the room.

III. Shagreen

Layout: Kimberly Kowalski, allied ASID

Layout: Kimberly Kowalski, allied ASID

Technically, shagreen is an animal skin made from sharks or stingrays. It was originally used in the 17th and 18th centuries as an inlay on furniture when makers were seeking the most exotic finishes. It has resurfaced in 2013 in its faux form, but still feels equally as striking as the original. Shagreen adds a subtle grain to objects and can sometimes have a masculine edge. This season we saw this lovely texture in soft shades of ivory, coral and turquoise lending itself to a more feminine taste.

IV. “The New Naturals”

Layout: Kimberly Kowalski, allied ASID

Layout: Kimberly Kowalski, allied ASID

As designers, we are constantly looking for inspiration. We will admit to “designer’s block” every now and then, but fortunately there is never a shortage of ideas in the world around us. Driftwood, agate, jute, leather, bone, horn and mother-of-pearl are just a few the resources being used in modern décor. With these cleaner lines, the shapes are refined letting the texture stand out.

V. Black and White

Layout: Kimberly Kowalski, allied ASID

Layout: Kimberly Kowalski, allied ASID

Like that little black dress we can never get rid of because it ALWAYS looks great, this same concept is true in interiors…when done well it will stand the test of time. Black and white immediately offers a high level of contrast, which is such an important principal to remember when designing a room. Black is grounding, while white offers a place for the eye to rest. In other words, it’s hard to go wrong with this classic pairing.