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If you’re a design fan, you’ve likely heard of High Point Furniture Market. Every spring and fall, the city of High Point, North Carolina fills to the brim with designers, furniture buyers and exhibitors, all ready to see the hottest trends in home decor.

Camille and I logged several miles a day walking around the many gorgeous showrooms in High Point last week, and I’ve gathered up the top 10 trends we spotted at this spring’s showing.

Bejeweled and Bedazzled
Think of this as the upscale version of that bedazzling gun sold on late-night TV. The agate trend continues this spring both in real-life slices, like this stone-covered sconce from Emporium Home inspired by the classic Sputnik chandelier, and agate-inspired fabrics, like this custom print spotted at Design Legacy.  This trend also starring: quartz and crystal.

Agate Decor From Spring 2014 High Point Market
Deep Blue
From Shibori-inspired rugs to floral fabrics to geometric patterns, indigo and navy blue were everywhere at this spring’s market.

Indigo and Navy Blue at High Point Market Spring 2014

Vibrant Orange
Along with all that blue, a complementary color was also on display: lots and lots of orange, like this lush bedding display from de Medici by Eastern Accents.

Orange Color Trend at High Point Spring 2014 Furniture Market
Shades of Purple
Though we didn’t spot as much of Pantone’s radiant orchid as we expected, the displays we did see featuring this hue were stunning. Our favorite? This painterly vignette at Design Legacy.

Radiant Orchid at High Point Market Spring 2014

The Woven Trend
The oh-so-1970s trend of wicker, rattan and bamboo is back with modern shapes and brightly-lacquered hues. A favorite: The modern wicker loveseat at David Francis Furniture.

Wicker, Rattan and Bamboo at Spring 2014 High Point Furniture Market
And the woven trend didn’t stop with chairs, headboards and tables: We also spotted handmade paper wall coverings, woven gold lamp bases and a folk art-inspired woven Moroccan pouf.

Woven Textures From Spring 2014 High Point Furniture Market
Knotted and Tied

Chunky-patterned knits are hot, hot hot: Think macrame light fixtures, heavy-gauge yarns and soft, textural rugs.

Chunky Knits and Macrame at High Point Furniture Market Spring 2014

Intricate, hand-carved designs are also totally on-trend. Dovetail Furniture featured several pieces with impressive carved detail work, like this scrolled skull, intricate ceramic lantern and decorative heart-shaped stone.

Carved Designs From Spring 2014 High Point Furniture Market

The Nautical Look
We told you how our decorating staff feels about the nautical look in last week’s Defend the Trend, but the design community at High Point Furniture Market gave the look a resounding “Yes!” From fish, turtle and starfish pillow embellishments to carved wooden horseshoe crabs and anchor motifs, the market featured lots of perfect-for-summer pieces.

Nautical Trend From Spring 2014 High Point Furniture Market
New Takes on Taxidermy
The taxidermy trend has been around for awhile, and while we didn’t see many (real or faux) animal heads perched on the walls, there were lots of new takes on animal-inspired decor. We saw real and cast animal skulls turned into light fixtures, a cast metal ornamental alligator and even reptile-inspired fabrics. A personal favorite: these large-scale carved wooden octopi.

New Taxidermy Trend at Spring 2014 High Point Furniture Market
Another interpretation of this trend: gilded animals. We spotted glam animal accessories, from these gold turtle shells from Worlds Away to a shiny alligator at Gold Leaf Design Group.

Gilded Animal Trend at High Point Furniture Market Spring 2014

Embellished Animal Hide
Real and faux animal hides were all over this year’s market, but many pieces took them past their natural form. From herringbone patterns to metallic accent pieces to a bright metallic zebra print, the materials add softness, texture and shine to everything from rugs and pillows to chairs and ottomans.

Animal Hide Trend - High Point Furniture Market Spring 2014

What do you think: Would you try out these trends at home? Tell me your take in the comments below.

56 Responses

  1. Briana@HGTV says:

    Thank you for sharing. :) So much good Defend the Trend material here! I am in love with the painterly vignette at Design Legacy and kinda digging all the animal accents, too…

    • Liz_HGTV says:

      I don't know whether I should be scared of all the reptilian stuff or get it for my house immediately. To be determined…

  2. bainmrb says:

    I am currently incorporating "Persimmon" as a color (that is what your orange color looks like to me).

  3. […] you saw my post about High Point Furniture Market’s top trends, you already know that Camille and I spotted lots of decor in both blue and orange on our recent […]

  4. Barbara Furdyna says:

    Wow – my New York stager just used a lot of these tips before I read your article. I love blue but it's amazing what you can do with orange and magenta as accent colors. Handmade items such as pottery add to a home's personality and uniqueness. Best of all, you don't have to spend a fortune to create a fresh look!

  5. Mary Jane says:

    Every time I go to High Point, the attention to detail is unique. I love to see the new products and felt in love with radiant orchid as well. My fav was koket. So chic and unique. I really felt in love with the stool! So pretty!

    • Liz_HGTV says:

      It's so fun seeing all the new pieces, Mary Jane! I didn't see the Koket offerings this time around — I'll have to add to the (extensive!) list for next market.

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Liz GrayLiz is a senior editor at HGTV.com and an co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that’s stuck in the ‘70s…for now. When she’s not working on...


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