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Exclusive: 5 Hottest Interior Design Trends from High Point Market 2024

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by Angela Chang | April 21, 2024 | Interior Design Trends


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Hello there! I'm Angela Chang, and I am here to share some exciting insights from my visit to High Point Market last week. As an interior designer with a passion for helping clients create spaces that reflect their personalities and needs, attending High Point Market (HPMKT) is always exciting and da learning experience. HPMKT is one of the largest furnishings industry trade shows in the world, held biannually in High Point, North Carolina. It is a major event for professionals in the home furnishings and interior design industries, showcasing the latest trends in furniture, accessories, and other home décors.


My High Point Market Experience

As a designer, strolling through showrooms is one of my greatest joys; now picture an entire town as one big showroom – that’s High Point, NC for you.

The thrill is unmatched. Since shifting my focus to residential design a few years back, I’ve had the fortune of attending HPMKT twice. Each visit leaves me in awe of the boundless creativity and innovation showcased. On this latest trip, I was accompanied by my fellow designer and friend, Ryan Locke. Together, we meticulously planned our itinerary to make sure we experienced everything that HPMKT had to offer.


5 Hottest Interior Design Trends at HPMKT

Warm Color Palettes: Creating a Welcoming Environment

At HPMKT, one of the most prominent trends I noticed was the use of warm color palettes. After years of the minimalist trend dominating with whites and greys, we’re now seeing a shift towards soothing neutrals with earthy undertones, and I am happy to see the transition.


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Warm colors in clay undertones are becoming deeper, richer, and more saturated. Blue tones such as Sherwin Williams’ “Upward” are soft and blissful with a focus on wellness. These colors create a cozy and inviting vibe in any space.


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Textures & Visual Interests: Adding Depth to Your Space

Textures play a crucial role in creating a visually interesting space. Boucle fabrics were a major hit a couple of years ago, adding a soft, nubby texture to upholstered pieces and throws. Today, we can still see their strong presence throughout High Point Market.


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Another popular way to add interest to your space is the use of patterns. Bold geometric patterns like checkerboard and herringbone have been popular in recent years. Instead of highly contrasting colors used traditionally, monochromatic and different sheens can also be used to elevate the look with a more subtle approach.


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The African tribal prints are gaining popularity. These patterns often feature bold geometric shapes, earthy colors, and intricate detailing that reflect the rich cultural heritage. They add depth and vibrancy to the space. From my experience, don't be afraid to experiment with different textures to create a unique look that reflects your style.


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Organic Forms and Shapes: Embracing Nature's Curves 

Organic forms and shapes were standout trends at High Point Market. From rounded corners to irregular shapes, these design elements add a sense of fluidity and movement to a space. Arches and curves are used extensively in design today, adding an intricate and exotic touch to any room. 


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As for accent lights, I noticed mushroom-shaped lamps give retro vibes and are a great match to the organic forms today.


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Natural Materials: Bringing the Outdoors In 

The use of natural materials in interior design continues to be a major trend. Travertine, stone, rattan, and wood are prevalent in furniture and lighting as we found them in most of the showrooms.


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Marble with unique color veins adds so much sophistication to the space. Rattans and natural wood finishes are mostly stained to avoid the red and yellow tone. Another interesting finish I noticed was burl wood, which was used on cabinet fronts or coffee tables. I used to consider burl wood very traditional, but seeing how it was used with lighter colors and interesting forms, I think it gives a very unique look to today’s trend. Incorporating natural materials into your home can create a timeless and elegant look that connects you with nature.



Statement Pieces and Comfortable Furniture: Embracing Comfort and Style

Comfort is key when it comes to furniture trends, especially since the pandemic. People want a relaxed and not-too-rigid environment. I saw a lot of sofas with pillow arms and backs, curved backs, or chamfer backs – bringing comfort and style together. There was some sit-and-sink-into furniture in the showrooms that I did not want to get up after I sat down.


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These pieces are not only stylish but also functional, making them perfect for both condos and suburban homes where space may be limited. I also made sure to sit on every sofa and chair I liked to test if they were comfortable. When choosing statement furniture, look for pieces that not only stand out but also blend seamlessly with the overall design of your space.


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Conclusion: Embracing the Trends 

In wrapping up, High Point Market’s latest trends serve as a deep well of inspiration for designers. While trends come and go, it’s essential to remember that your home should reflect your personality and style. However, sometimes the colors and styles might resonate with a lot of people in a certain period due to cultural or environmental movements.


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The design elements such as textured fabrics, geometric shapes, patterns, and warm and earthy tones from the 70s are back. These elements are being reinterpreted in ways that evoke sophistication and tranquility, aiming to create spaces where people feel both welcomed and grounded. Whether we’re creating a cozy retreat in a suburban home or a chic oasis in a downtown condo, these trends are sure to shed some light on our next projects. Let us embrace the trends, and create a home that truly reflects your unique style and personality.


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