I was watching a TV show recently that explored the excitement surrounding New York Fashion Week.  I could not help but notice how similar it was to the excitement that surrounds the High Point Market.  Although I have gone to the market for more years than I would like to admit, I still get excited about seeing fresh ideas and new trends.

Are we all just slaves to fashion?  I often get asked, “Where do the trends come from?”  There is a group that has 7-15 members who meet each year to select the color palette that will be used in the home furnishings industry, the fashion industry…even the automotive industry.  This exclusive group, aptly named “The Color Group”, selects the colors we are going to wear, drive, and live in.  Before we realize it, we fall victim to their brilliant marketing, and the chosen color combinations become desirable.

Before you think this is such a bad thing, think about what color combinations were popular in the 70s and 90s.  Do we really want to be stuck with avocado green and rust, or peach and hunter green forever?  I think not.  Change is good.  If you haven’t changed the fabrics in your home in a decade, it’s time for an update.

This spring promises a new palette of color as well as boasting some favorites that you’ve seen on shelves and magazines for several years.  At the High Point Market, we just attended, vendors were boasting a new crop of yummy upholstery fabrics with bold colors like blush, orange, and green.  In fact, the Pantone color for 2017 is a green hue, named Greenery.  If you like blue, never fear, shades like teal and blue are still fashionable as well as denim, navy, periwinkle blue, and deep indigo.  Gray is still the neutral of choice.  Natural inspired items are still the trendiest accessories.  We saw natural agate, crystal, wood, and even animal skins. Metallic is also still trending, lots of antique gold and brushed brass is being used to warm up spaces.

The most exciting thing about fabrics for spring is not just the color, but the textures fabrics add to decor.  The first thing one usually does when they see a fabric they are drawn to is to touch the fabric.  Wonderful textures like jacquard, nubby wool, and chenille as well as Eco-friendly materials like jute and hemp combine to help create rich, inviting, and intriguing spaces in our homes.

With warm weather on its way, drop by our design center and get inspired to change the interior or exterior of your home.  Just as a new outfit makes us feel good and more confident, new colors and fabrics will do the same for your home.