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Triangle designers spot trends at the recent High Point Market

The eight-foot Blaike Sofa from Joanie Design is shown in high quality peacock teal velvet.
The eight-foot Blaike Sofa from Joanie Design is shown in high quality peacock teal velvet. Courtesy of Joanie Design

Colors run from blush to bold. Console tables and chaise lounges come in surprising shapes. Fur and acrylic turn up in unexpected ways.

Those are among the trends spotted at the most recent High Point Market, which ended last month. We asked three Wake County design professionals who shopped the market to share what trends stood out to them among the showrooms’ offerings.

Martha Brown of Southern Studio Interior Design in Apex

Bold Colors. Vibrant colors were abundant throughout the market, including this peacock teal velvet couch by Joanie Design. Bright flowers, patterns and trim showed up in bedding, curtains and these decorative pillows: Raspberry Plush and Tresco Bloom from Eastern Accents, $105-$495.

Unusual Chaise Lounges. An updated chaise lounge appeared in many showrooms throughout the spring market. Hickory-based Century Furniture has the slim Brookhaven chaise, which comes covered in fabric or leather. High Point-based Vanguard Furniture is offering a more contemporary chaise with clean lines and unique openings: the Millington Right Arm Corner Button Seat Chaise from the Michael Weiss Collection.

Think Beyond Consoles. If you are looking for unique ways to wrap the back of your sofa instead of the conventional console table, try this Fitz Radiused Console from Vanguard’s Michael Weiss Collection. It offers a cool way to display pieces while making the back of your sofa less obtrusive. Another option: a pair of these Geometric Modular Bookcases, part of Century Furniture’s Paragon Collection.

Judy Pickett and team at Design Lines in Raleigh.

Blush and Bashful. Taking inspiration from the Pantone colors of the year, rose quartz made a splash. Blushing pink was everywhere, including the newest Kate Spade fabric and wallpaper collection at the Kravet showroom, the Kaylin lamp from Bungalow 5 that retails for $740 and the Cocktail Ottoman with leather fringe by Lee Industries in Newton.

Geometric Shapes. The bold lines of diamonds, polygons and octagons could be seen on side tables, statement art pieces, mirrors and even adorning drawer fronts, like the Adam Three Drawer Chest from Compendium by John Black Collection from Vanguard. The Thibaut Design showroom displayed striking black-and-white patterns on walls and upholstery.

Pollen Yellow. Just in time for spring, brilliant hues of yellow bring unexpected energy to this season’s palette. This bold color showed up on prints, floor mirrors and even on this closed-back club chair upholstered in a gorgeous velvet called Marco Citrine from Lee Industries.

Bob Drake of Trig Modern in Raleigh

Note: Drake’s shop, Trig Modern, is moving from its current West Jones Street location to 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Road, where it will open May 19.

Acrylic. There seemed to be more furniture made with acrylic as part of its construction, including the Walnut and Acrylic Console table by Bolier & Co. and the Get Smart sofa by Milo Baughman for High Point-based Thayer Coggin with its acrylic sides.

Try a little fur. There was a lot of fur – both real and synthetic. It’s fun and fascinating, but a little of this goes a long way, like with the Serena stool with gray sheepskin by Interlude Home. (Of course, it has acrylic legs.)

Stone, granite and marble. More natural surfaces were used in small but dramatic fashion than I have seen in previous markets. Stone, granite and marble showed up again and again on tables, like this Onyx side table from the High Point-based Phillips Collection.

Andrea Weigl: 919-829-4848, @andreaweigl