We always come back to work and talk about what we saw, what we liked, or maybe the trends.  Discussing it between ourselves gives us different perspectives as well.  Listed below are the trends we saw:

Metals and wood, gold on white, gold on gray, gold on blue, and anything else they can add gold to, they did.  Wood grain shows through lighter wood finishes, which is a nice fresh look and more interesting.  Each of the manufacturers had the same look and what we were told is the wood was white oak.  There were no lines in the table, but we loved the metals that were added to the legs on end tables and the interesting ways of incorporating metal with wood.  White oak might be bleached, a simple light stain or a medium stain choice would add a little warmth.  But the grains showed.  We are intrigued with new fabrics and can’t wait to receive our new updated fabrics from the market introduction.  Market is a place to show off new introductions to buyers and designers.  Since we have a retail store, we are considered buyers.  We love to see the newly staged showrooms as well to be inspired.   We spent our time sitting on chairs and upholstery so we can select what is most comfortable for our clients.  When we propose a sofa, we want to say you will find this sofa comfortable.  Blues continue to ring the loudest with all the manufacturers, but green is really showing up again.  Blues and greens are complimentary, and I love mixing those.  The new color of the year for Benjamin Moore is 2008-30, Raspberry Blush.  I can see this color in fabrics showcasing with blues.  Gold and yellow fabrics were popular for pillows in some showrooms, and I saw yellows in accessories and lighting.  There is an antique section of one of the buildings and it was busy as well.  People were purchasing antique mirrors, vintage rugs, and lighting.  It is well worth our time to tour the High Point Market for the knowledge we come home with.