“High Point” of Home Decor

Every October, the tiny hamlet of High Point, N.C. becomes the “hot spot” for the creation of the essentials of the design world. A dense conglomeration of trends, aesthetics and cutting edge design products, it’s the place where everyone who has a hand in the design industry comes to present the newest and the latest and to define the trends for the nation in the upcoming year. Candice Olson is usually there–she’s really, really tall, by the way–and so are the editors for House Beautiful and Elle Décor. For anyone in the design trade, the High Point Market is more than a trip–it’s a pilgrimage. 

Most people don’t have a concept of what the term “market” really means. As any designer will tell you, “going to market” consists of lots of walking, searching, reviewing fabrics and comparing prices. It requires drive, a keen eye and an ability to make swift decisions–after all, you and your team are sifting through the average and the usual to identify the new looks and create the new dialogue for interiors. 

After experiencing a whirlwind of markets and seminars from House Beautiful‘s Color Institute Seminar to markets in Dallas, Atlanta and North Carolina, we’ve selected some of our favorite trends we think Kansas City will see in 2010. 

We adore this lovely lavender-based pink called “wisteria.” (Check out Benjamin Moore’s color No. 1380 called “Peace and Happiness.”) Ralph Lauren is showing this delicate shade in his fall collection trimmed with lace and leather. You can pair this pink with gray, ink blue, oyster and cocoa–and be sure to keep an eye out for this shade in velvet and silk, as well as in your make-up and nail polish for fall.

Add texture with stainless steel, sheet metal, zinc and hammered brass. These materials are mounted on coffee tables paired with recycled wood, trays paired with carrera marble, lamps and mirror frames. From sleek and shiny to pitted and raw, we think this trend will make its way into the 2010 design vernacular. Remember the term “oxidation.” You’ll hear it a lot.

Another hot trend we’ve noticed is typography–this fall, we think you’ll find a lot of words and phrases on stretched canvas and in framed art. We love new area rugs with phrases imprinted on them and pillows with extra large letters. Use these sleek, hip details to add texture and interest to your home with just a touch of modern minimalism. 

Crickets, moths, butterflies and grasshoppers are cropping up on pillows, fabrics, art and dishes. Folky and fun, from children’s prints to hand-screened linen, bugs are big. 

A new color favorite is a rich, inky blue. (See Benjamin Moore’s “Spellbound,” color No. 1659.) This deep, dark tone is more black than navy and more dense than blueberry. Pair it with silver-gray, gunmetal, chalk and brights such as ochre, cerise or magenta to add a punch of modern color to your home. You’ll find this rich tone in Ikat pillows, Suzani throws and silk and wool area rugs.

There you have it–some of the hottest styles that we’ve noticed gaining momentum in the design world. But don’t take our word for it. After all, trends come and go, but personal style and use of color are always en vogue.

Lisa Mermis is an interior designer and owner of Twigs Interiors, located in downtown Overland Park. In the last six months, the Twigs Interiors team has attended markets in Dallas and Atlanta, Lee Industries Academy, Hickory Chair University and House Beautiful’s Color Institute with plans to attend the fall High Point Market

words & photos: Lisa Mermis