The Latest Furniture and Decorating Trends Part 2
What’s In Style For Your Home’s Interior – Part 2
By Mara Soloway
Just like the fashions we wear, home furnishings have new styles and trends. They start gaining notice and ultimately build momentum as trade show organizers (such as those at High Point Furniture Market), furniture store buyers, interior designers and homeowners find beauty in the pieces’ stylish designs, use of new materials, and overall comfort and function. As we did in Part 1 of this series in our October issue, we again present what’s in vogue to add flair and elegance to your home with items available locally at fine furnishings stores.
Sharp and Masculine
Interior designer Laura Bielecki finds that “masculine interiors, inspired by the emergence of men being more involved in the home, have dominated a trend toward more masculine forms.” Sharp and calculated, masculine pieces were all over the High Point Furniture Market; the rectangular shape will always be popular, especially as a dining room table.
At 114 inches long, the dining table from Universal Furniture’s Reunion collection has ample room for three or four guests to sit on each long side. The Oxford Street table is a respectable 89 inches long.
The Trestle Table from Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Home dining room collection has a curved metal trestle base in a Blackened Bronze finish that is paired with a thick V-match planked top.
Each of these tables has flair and good masculine looks, and they make themselves at home with dining room furniture of any style or period.
The Frontal Plane
Style Spotter and interior designer Scot Meacham Wood felt that “everything seemed to have depth at the High Point Market, as a sculptured look arrived in chests, servers and consoles. Case goods came alive as light played across the front face of cabinet drawers and console doors.”
Several buffets from Baker have definitely banished the plain front. Dimension has been added with distinctive and interesting depth with hardware and geometric framework.
The decorative Heliodor stands 35 inches high and is 55.5 inches wide. The faceted door panels are made from hardwood solids and veneers. The painted door surrounds and metal feet add to its cachet. The Heliodor line includes an accent table, a dining table and a pedestal table that will make a nice, stylized arrangement.
The Iron Eye credenza is the same height as the Heliodor, but at 66 inches long offers more room for display and storage. The metal finish options of the handles and outline continue through to the feet. As with the Heliodor line, Iron Eye also is available in other interestingly designed pieces, inlcuding a night stand, bedside chest and a sideboard.
Color Makes the World Go Around
“From the sexy, saturated hues at Lillian August, or the piercing colors at Thibaut, to the bright, peppy prints at CR Laine, you couldn’t turn around at any point at Market and not be dazzled,” according to Wood. Colorful credenzas and chests come alive with interest and personality.
The Pinwheel Chest was originally specified by Dorothy Draper for the Arrowhead Springs Hotel in the San Bernadino Mountains of Southern California. Large pinwheel drawer pulls in the shape of a flower and split bamboo molding around each cherry drawer characterize this chest of drawers designed in the style of Chinese Chippendale.
The Constant Credenza designed by Robyn Branch is the latest piece to be introduced into Kindel Furniture Company’s Designer Artist Series. It is updated with the debut of a new painted finish technique, Striata lacquer. This look is created through layered color and a brushed-through glaze. It is available in four other colors.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace
The Sterling Queen Upholstered Panel Bed from Flexsteel is a timeless piece, one that can look elegant or casual depending on the bedding you use with it and the other pieces of furniture in the bedroom. It features clean lines and a slender silhouette with mahogany veneers and quality solid wood. An optional upholstered headboard and footboard with curved wing returns adds character to its sleek design.
Being a devotee of pattern herself – as shown in her Malene B line of carpets, wall coverings and tiles – designer Malene Barnett noticed geometric patterns were everywhere. Even the utilitarian ottoman has come alive with color, geometry and texture. Whichever you choose, they are daring pieces that fit right in with timeless decor.
The Lulu Ottoman from Jessica Charles has a bolder red pattern while the juniper green pattern of Vanguard’s Jupiter Indigo Ottoman has a smaller repeat.
The graphic trend continues in CR Laine’s Phoebe ottoman. At 40 inches square, it can also function as coffee table. Because of its availability in numerous fabric patterns and shades of leather, it coordinates with the manufacturer’s large selection of living room furniture.
Caracole debuted Signature, its bespoke furniture collection at High Point Furniture Market. Advertised as a “true statement in luxury,” it features finely crafted, elegant materials that make dramatic statements for any room in your home.
The cabriole legs on the suave, 68-inch Parisian Console make a French-inspired statement. Finished in shiny Piano Black, the legs are joined by a Majestic Gold ribbon stretcher. The single drawer is dressed with two round gold knobs in a quilted pattern.
Topped with black glass, the Rose Cocktail is the perfect size for intimate conversations over a glass of champagne or when entertaining a group. Its large highly polished circular base showcases a Majestic Gold filigree of intertwined roses.