High Point Market is Mecca in the world of interior design, a mashup of interior style that draws upwards of 75,000 designers, retailers and manufacturers from around the world for a bi-annual furnishings fest spread over 180 buildings in more than 11million square feet of showroom space.
I go into overload by day 3, already having snapped hundreds of photos and past the point where I can identify the source of most without relying on my copious notes. But as I progress through the Market, what remains clear and evident is the season’s color story. And the Fall 2014 market just ended was no exception.
In short, this season’s color story was bright and bodacious. The muted tones of years past have definitely faded into the background as attention-grabbing saturated color in “happy hues” commanded center stage almost everywhere you looked.
The blues are still with us, but they’ve taken a decided shift from the steely muted tones and nods to purple that we’ve seen in recent years towards the blue-green side of the spectrum. Teals, turquoise and peacock were popular iterations from both sides of the Atlantic.
I was delighted to see orange wake up this season as persimmon which was popping in both furnishings and accessories. Among my favorites in this vein was the design team of John Strauss and Carissa Marie who showed a range of furnishings, both painted and upholstered pieces, with this bright fresh look that felt new and modern.
Big, bold punches of hot pink were another market trend seen in accessories and paired with neutrals in some striking fabrics. It is a perfect counterpoint to gray, which is now definitely ensconced as the modern neutral with its more assertive presence.