Senior Stylist John Blumenaus says the look at the High Point show was “refined and uncluttered. One could see overall simpler lines and softer looks, compared to previous years. It looked like a more contemporary and more European-style influence was taking place.”
He notes that simpler lines have influenced home furnishing décor for some time, but now it’s slowly doing so in a softer and less dramatic way, moving away from previously popular stark, hard-edged design.
High Point produced several obvious pattern trends. Patterns appeared in more contemporary, organic, and sketchy designs, creating a more casual look. Color was used to express a mood and design statement by always being set against other color groups and embellished with delicate, medium- to small-scale patterns.
For bedrooms, the design statements were less busy than in years past. But there was still a considerable amount of pattern.
The patchwork use of color, patterned stacked cushions, and use of layered pattern-on-pattern with varying textures seemed to be everywhere. The combination created a cozy, homelike décor.
As to current trends’ effects on tile flooring, Stylist Sandi Graham points to a direction in tile design that has the “wow factor.”
“Patterned tile is a hot development,” she says. “And imagine tile with a damask design, done with wonderful subtlety. It’s beautiful.”
In conclusion, Shaw’s designers feel that the High Point show revealed more richness and life through added, intricate mixes of texture and luster and finishes. And they are equally excited to translate their findings into beautiful, stylish flooring options.