I had the honor of joining the High Point Market Design Influencers tour this fall where we saw firsthand the 2023 decor trends.
If you’re not familiar with High Point Market, it is the largest home furnishings trade show in the world. There are 2,000 exhibitors throughout 180 buildings with over 10 million square feet. There are two shows every year – one in April and one in October with around 70,000-80,000 attendees from over 100 countries.
I had heard so much about High Point Market, but nothing prepared me for how huge this event is.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take many photos outside the showrooms, but there are blocks and blocks of showrooms. It’s incredible!
We toured the following sponsor showrooms:
- Crypton, Inc.
- Anna Elisabeth
- Rowe Furniture
- The MT Company
- Debrah’s International Co, Ltd.
- Dorel Home
- Hooker Furnishings
- IMC InterHall and Suites at Market Square
- Jaipur Living
- Sherrill Furniture Company
- The MT Company
- Theodore Alexander
- Universal Furniture
- Whalen Furniture
2023 Decor Trends:
Not everyone can afford vintage pieces, but there are many gorgeous vintage reproductions that can provide similar charm.
Hooker Furniture had an entire room dedicated to the charm of Charleston and had vintage decor and furniture reproductions (top left). Jaipur Living had gorgeous rugs that mimicked the look of vintage rugs (top right).
Neutrals are still everywhere, but there is a rise in “pseudo neutrals.” Pseudo neutrals aren’t limited to white, creams, and tans – instead, they add a subtle touch of color like pale pinks and lavenders.
I think it’s a way to subtly train the neutral lovers to slowly embrace color.
The Color Green
Many of the showrooms were filled with color – especially the color green.
Green is a color of balance and harmony. It lends us a clearer sense of right from wrong since green incorporates a balance of both the logical and emotional. Green is one of the most-seen colors in nature reflecting life, rest, and peace. It is also a sign of growth, whether that’s in a physical object like plants or in our income and wealth.
It’s a beautiful color, and it’s not surprising it is making a resurgence in home decor.
If you want to learn more about decorating with the color green, go here.
Art deco is back – a style that first appeared in France in the 1910s (just before World War I). It flourished in the United States and Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. I saw circles and geometrics in everything from furniture to lighting to rugs.
Curved furniture was all over the market this fall. Curves and playful and fun and make for a happy home – something everyone craves after the past few years.
In the past century, curves appeared in the 20s with Art Deco and then again in the 70s in funky and chunky designs.
The word bouclé is derived from the French word meaning “curled” or “ringed.” Bouclé can refer to a yarn (made from a series of looped fibers) or the fabric made from it.
It looks and feels like a lamb or poodle, and I have to admit that it is relaxing and cozy. But, this is one trend I’m ready to see leave sooner than later.
But based on the amount of bouclé at the market, it probably is here to stay for a bit.
Wallpaper has been on the rise for several years now, but I have to mention it since it was visible in almost every showroom.
I didn’t take any great photos that are good visuals for this, but I have to mention sustainability as a trend because it is something that almost every showroom mentioned on our tour. Companies are becoming more interested (because their consumers are as well) in knowing about the processes involved in making the product as well as the sources.
And before I sign off, I have just a few more photos to share with you (I have so many it is hard to narrow it down).
I love a grand entrance and Theodore Alexandar did it perfectly (top left) while I couldn’t help but be obsessed with this chesterfield sofa that RECLINES from Hooker Furniture (top right).