Design Recipes: What’s hot right now? | Features

The recent Fall High Point Market in High Point, N.C., as usual showcased the latest trends in home decor. Every fall and spring, this small southern town rolls out the red carpet as hundreds of furniture and accessories showrooms introduce their newest collections. This fall some new trends emerged while some older ones proved they are still relevant.


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Stone emerged as a bright trend as it relates to furniture. Stone is often desirable because of its durability and variation in color. Stone tables, whether stand alone coffee tables or smaller tables that can be placed together is an appealing and modern way to incorporate this versatile material into ones home.


In the 1980s gold was everywhere, then in the ’90s and ’00s more subdued finishes were seen in home decor such as nickel and matte chrome. In recent years, brass has dominated as it relates to home furnishings and shows no sign of losing its distinction as far as being “on trend.” Looking for ways to incorporate brass into your home? Consider selecting a case good such as a sideboard or dresser that includes touches of brass or accent pieces such as a mirror or side table.


Part of the trend that includes industrial chic involves the use of natural materials such as jute, rope, sisal and other materials. Often these materials are woven and integrated with luxurious woods such as walnut or oak in a single piece of furniture.


Concrete may not be the most stain resistant material, however it has emerged as a modern choice especially as it relates to living and dining areas. Concrete is an interesting and innovative material for those looking to add a modern edge to nearly any space.


Sometimes in fashion and home decor certain color combinations emerge. Right now, black and gold is one of the hottest color combinations for the home. Dark chocolate and ebony woods or materials are often paired with brass or gold accents.


Lush and sumptuous, velvet is making a comeback. From sofas, chairs and ottomans, velvet is a way to add softness and texture to a space.


Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at [email protected] or visit her website at .


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