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2012 Trend Report: High Point Market

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5 Favorite trends from High Point

On April 21-26, designers, buyers and industry experts gathered for the spring High Point Market. Get an inside peek at what’s hot in the home design industry for 2012.

5 Favorite trends from High Point

Every six months, more than 80,000 people come to High Point, North Carolina, to experience the latest in the home design industry. High Point Market, held in the spring and fall, is like Fashion Week in New York -- but centering on furniture, accessories and decor.

More that 2,000 exhibitors feature the latest products and furniture in approximately 10 million square feet of show space -- it’s like a whole city dedicated to furniture! Each year tens of thousands of new products are introduced, and buyers across the globe gather for to meet vendors and attend designer events.

SheKnows got a peek inside this industry-only event to check out the upcoming trends in home decor for 2012. Here are five of our favorites:

Fashion meets design

Fashion and design often go hand-in-hand, and the showroom of Kim Salmela Atelier demonstrated this relationship beautifully. While we were admiring the clean, modern furniture and playful patterns, designer Kim Salmela, who also co-founded Hotel Maison, highlighted several pieces on trend for 2012.

5 Favorite trends from High Point

Color blocking. The Oscar sofa shows how color blocking translates to furniture upholstery. The neutral colors keep the piece timeless while the patterned pillows add some funk.

5 Favorite trends from High Point

Pops of neon. This upholstered headboard gives a classic floral motif a modern update with a few pops of bright hues.

5 Favorite trends from High Point

Exotic prints and patterns. Whether it’s an ikat print on an unexpected material like linen or a tie-dyed armchair, fun prints seen on the runway are giving modern furniture lines a fresh feel.

Going green

Pantone might have named Tangerine Tango the color of the year, but green was spotted in everything from furniture to accessories. From light sage shades to vibrant chartreuse, the color green is trending big.

5 Favorite trends from High Point

The Phillips Collection’s Seatbelt Chairs that appeared in the movie The Hunger Games were spotted in a vibrant citrus shade.

5 Favorite trends from High Point

A bold bust of Caesar in chartreuse from The Phillips Collection.

5 Favorite trends from High Point

A green chandelier displayed at Cyan Design.

Earth natural

Natural elements like wood, stone, shells and natural fibers were spotted in a variety of furniture and accent pieces. The Phillips Collection showroom featured several striking examples using natural wood and patinaed metals.

5 Favorite trends from High Point

An organically shaped side table gets a modern update with a blue and green parasol wall light.

5 Favorite trends from High Point

Aged patina highlights a stunning Buddha sculpture.

5 Favorite trends from High Point

Sliced wood gets a modern spin as nesting tables with sleek metal legs.

Reflective surfaces

Whether it was chrome, mirrors or mirrored furniture, reflective surfaces were seen everywhere. Over at the Sterling, DIMOND, and ELK Lighting showroom, John Haste, vice president of sales and marketing for ELK Group International, said that reverse painted mirrors and crackle mercury glass were particularly popular this year. Haste pointed out a croc embossed-leather side table with chrome legs as an example of accents that are functional and look good.

5 Favorite trends from High Point

A mirrored table, decorative mirror and metallic accents make this vignette shine.

5 Favorite trends from High Point

Unique mirrored surfaces like this mercury glass lamp are becoming must-have looks.

5 Favorite trends from High Point

Function meets style in these croc embossed tables.

Nailhead details

Metallic accents continue to add a touch of glitz to furniture pieces. At Gail’s Accents we saw how nailhead details act as jewelry on furniture. Ray Steele, the co-owner with spouse Judy, explained that “furniture is a little black dress”: It can be dressed up with unexpected details to create a unique and special piece. Steele also noted how an unusual accent chair can function as jewelry for the entire home.

5 Favorite trends from High Point

This Winmark Empress chair features metallic nailheads that are repeated on the side table and have a similar pattern in the mirror.

5 Favorite trends from High Point

Nailheads placed in a pattern make the back of this black chair stand out.

5 Favorite trends from High Point

The mirrored table, yellow wall and fringed lampshades combined with the nailhead-trimmed chair give this vignette an updated Hollywood Regency feel.

These are just a few trends spotted at the spring High Point Market, but you can expect these and many more at your favorite home goods retailer soon.

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