Now Trending at High Point Market: Opposites Definitely Attract

We're seeing color at opposite sides of the spectrum, with the softer side and the luxe side leading the way. Take a look at what you'll be seeing in stores spring/summer 2017.

High Point Market is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point, N.C. twice each year. After attending the fall market in October, my new mantra is "Opposites Did Attract" with metallic and pastel style influences leading the way in textile, furniture and home decor showrooms. Noting that both of these trends are on opposite sides of the decorating spectrum, it was interesting to see such a deep product assortment in both of these styles.

Let's start with my favorite metallic finds.

Metallic Moments

With texture being a leading trend throughout the home market, this oversized decorative vessel is truly a "triple threat" with texture, metallic and vibrant style from Prima Design Source.

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Nancy Fire

I fell madly in love with these metallic floral appliques from Pyar & Co. They specialize in updated trims that are inspired by the craftsmanship of India, transforming elements of age-old art into today’s more modern lifestyle.

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Nancy Fire

Everyone can use an extra hand around the house, and these brass accents from Noir are hands-down a fun way to accessorize any space. We give them an "a-OK" and "thumbs up" for humor and style.

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Nancy Fire

Talk about a fun way to decorate a space with this creative and elegant light grid! Not only can you "see the light," but it also brings a sense of art and sculpture into any room. Not to mention a very cool and creative way to divid your space with globe-like greats.

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Nancy Fire

Surround yourself in luxury with metallic home decor accents like this floral-inspired mirror from Bassett Mirror Company. This reflective finish combined with dark, painted walls will instantly dress up any space.

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Nancy Fire

Sculpted and hammered metals, like this lamp from Arteriors, bring dimension and style into any room, allowing you to mix and match metallic textured finishes. This creates a super-chic style through shine and texture.

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Nancy Fire

Versatility is key at the HGTV HOME Design Studio by Bassett, featuring this metallic accent piece that doubles as a nightstand or perfect table for any entryway.

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Nancy Fire

Pastel Passion

With opposites attracting at High Point Market, we're seeing an increase in pastel decor with a fresh perspective and relaxed vibe in the home. Try pairing these updated products with white or gray for a soft color alternative.

This modern light fixture at Codarus with its semi-gloss finish is a millennial must-have, adding luster and fun color to any space.

Photo by: Nancy Fire

Nancy Fire

These pastel pendents at Viz Glass will give any space a pretty pop of soft color in tonal shades of blueberry, banana and peach. Mixing glass textures on these globe pendents defines a new sense of style with a more handcrafted feel.

Photo by: Nancy Fire

Nancy Fire

Amity Home offers cozy comfort in layered bedding styles that are mixed and matched in color, texture and material. Pastel colors are often paired with tones of gray, the perfect neutral that works with all soft color stories.

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Nancy Fire

Mr. Brown is known for their English informality and modern style. They combine unexpected color with more traditional pieces, like this sea glass blue table lamp with textural rings rotating around its base.

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Nancy Fire

This updated sofa and ottoman styled in leather shades of powder and mint were just a few of my favorite pieces at Pearson Furniture.

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Nancy Fire

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Chinoiserie

Organic meets elegant in this trend with its roots in the Far East. Branches dotted with leaves and blossoms move and meander in a simple, elegant way, while sightings of exotic wildlife lend a playful unexpectedness. Warm shades of coral, blush and raspberry mix with tangerine, teal and cobalt to update this timeless lifestyle trend in a bright, modern way.

Photo By: Claudia Gödke Photography | Charlotte Lucas Interior Design | Gucci

Soft Metals

Metallics go casual in this neutral palette with subtle tones of pewter, brass and copper. When paired with soft, natural shades or aged to an imperfect patina, these metals take on the warm, cozy feel of objects that have stood the test of time. Texture is the unsung highlight of this trend, altering color as light plays across the surface of these watery, moving metals.

Photo By: Tumblr | Line Klein Studio | Norm.Architects

Color Form

Pastels are taking it down a notch this year with deeper, more neutral bases, but color is still the focus. Pistachio and dusty, steel blue add depth to shades of bubblegum pink, sage green and cream. Scoops of ice cream illustrate this trend with simple shapes shown in a single shade, highlighting the soft form of these tones and the colorful way they play together.

Photo By: Blumarine | Tatjana Ristanic | Muuto

Puff Piece

Channel tufting puts a modern spin on the traditional idea of a tufted piece, creating volume, softness and structure in one. Dusty blues are accented with driftwood gray, sand and cream for a subtle contrast that directs your focus to the rounded shapes of the tufts and the dips and highlights they create. An unexpectedly cool color combo for fall, this trend is a sophisticated and serene twist on the harvest season.

Photo By: Timothy Brown Studio | Maison Margiela | Hewett Beasley

Seasonless Stripes

When it comes to year-round stripes, variegation is key. Missoni’s soft and cozy take on mix-and-match stripes highlights the use of colorful pastels for cooler seasons when mixed with neutrals like cream and bark. The rounded handles and simple forms of Note Design Studio’s pieces for home mimic those soft lines, while the addition of wood and stone act as neutral ground, giving us colorful ways to incorporate seasonless style at home.

Photo By: Missoni | Sara Morris | Note Design Studio

Dust and Roses

Rosy shades of pink are the forefront of this season’s color trends, and they mix beautifully with sand, mulberry and cool, steel grays for a rich, warm fall effect that’s both earthy and femme. Mixed finishes and textures enhance the color palette, letting subtle variations in each shade play off the others around it.

Photo By: Rachel Korinek | Sies Marjan | Kirstie van Noort

Matte Meets Metal

Another fall favorite this year is slate gray. It’s a mysterious color that reads both cool and warm at the same time, hinting at beige and purple undertones. When paired with the warm glow of brushed copper, the contrast is sleek and modern yet casual, thanks to the softness of honed and matte finishes.

Photo By: Sweet Bakes | Line Klein Studio | Nobbs Radford Architects | Clancy Moore Architects | Arianna Russo

Block Party

Color blocking gets a grown-up, minimalist makeover in warm shades of rose, peach, lemon and berry. Simple, modern and clean, this trend is an easy way to incorporate an unexpected pop of geometric color in your life.

Photo By: Love & Olive Oil | Middle of Nowhere | Stephanie Stone

Artist's Statement

Dorothy Draper once said, "I always put in one controversial item. It makes people talk." Controversy aside, pique some interest and get the conversation started with a statement-making piece in a rich, bold color. These fur pompom pumps spotted at London Fashion Week 2016 have us dying to ask "where did you get those?" just as much as oversized, colorful art and unexpectedly-decorated donuts have us all ready to start talking.

Photo By: Women's Wear Daily | Dufner Heighes | Oh, Ladycakes

Globally Grounded

The global trend is evolving this season in earthy, natural colors inspired by soil, sand and clay with the bright, saturated shades of vegetable dyes. Artisan goods and traditional craft techniques are highlighted with products featuring elaborate embroidery and weaving, giving an opulent yet bohemian vibe to both Valentino's ornately exotic collection as well as the kilim-upholstered sofa in the eclectic living room featured in Christie's Interiors.

Photo By: Valentino | Daisy and the Fox | Christie's Interiors

Street-Art Scribble

No longer content to be on the outskirts, graffiti has been going mainstream with a celebration of true artistic talent and positive messaging. Spray paint-styled swirls of color are a fun, playful trend for fall that embrace bold, carefree color in a modern and oh-so-urban way.

Photo By: The View from Great Island | Martinich&Carran | Phil Oh

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