High Point Trendspotting: 5 Trends We Loved in Spring 2022

We recently traveled to North Carolina to attend High Point Market, the world’s largest home furnishings trade show. In our opinion, it’s always worth the trip. During this visit, we were able to catch up with friends and spend time with other members of the interior design industry. We enjoyed great food from nearby restaurants, including Print Works Bistro and Sticks & Stones Clay Oven Pizza.

And, as always, we spent a considerable amount of time looking through various showrooms. Our favorites this season were Highland House, Thibaut, and Kravet. We also had the opportunity to attend a few education panels so that we can fill your home with the latest design innovations. Some of our favorite topics included “Travel Inspires Design” and “Home Automation.” 

And finally, we spent time scouting out trends that we would love to incorporate into the design of your next window covering or upholstered furnishings project. Today, we wanted to share a few of our favorite trends for spring 2022 from High Point Market.

1. Bas-relief

Bas-relief (pronounced /basrəˈlēf/) is a sculptural relief where the carved figures and other design elements are just barely raised above the flat background. This creates a 3D appearance that can be viewed from any angle with minimal distortion. If the design elements are more than halfway raised from the background, the sculpture is classified as “high-relief.”

This trend is nothing new:

  • Bas-relief, which stems from the Italian phrase basso-relievo, is one of man’s first known artistic creations, as it has been found on the walls of caves. These art pieces were often treated with color to accentuate the design elements further. 
  • Egyptians and Assyrians also adopted this style when designing stone buildings and pyramids. 
  • Greek and Roman buildings, like the Parthenon, heavily feature bas-relief sculptures. 
  • Then, the bas-relief technique became popular in churches during Medieval times. The sculptures often celebrated the lives of important religious events and figures. 
  • During the Renaissance period, artists like Donatello combined bas-relief and high-relief to create perspective. 
  • In the 19th century, bas-relief sculptures were included in monuments, like the Parisian Arc de Triomphe.

Today, there is a reawakening of this bas-relief technique. The technique is primarily used on smaller works to give depth to a piece. You can use this style to create a focal point in a room or enhance indoor architectural features, like doorways and columns. Our favorite use is the perfect accompaniment to hand-turned wooden furniture and high-end marble pieces. Bas-relief is a unique finish that will bring the wow factor to any room in your southern home.

2. Dowel legs

Midcentury modern (which initially rose to popularity in the middle of the 20th century) has been a major interior design trend for a while, and dowel legs are a big part of that. The dowel leg is an Eames classic and can make your furnishings look statuesque and mod. Because of their simple and clean look, you can be a bit bolder with your fabric choices for the upholstery. Consider choosing leather or velvet for a stunning midcentury modern look!

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3. Monochromatic color

If you’re looking for a way to give your southern interior a fresh yet dramatic update, monochromatic color might be the way to go. A monochromatic color scheme is created when you layer different tones of the same color for a bold look that gives a sense of tonal luxury. This color scheme is not restricted to grays, blacks, and whites. Instead, you can choose bright colors to inject vibrancy and joy into your home while making the space feel opulent. Consider painting the entire room one color, and then we can design draperies or Roman shades in a different shade of that same color to help achieve a monochromatic look.

Read also: Color-Block Drapery Panels: Add Drama & Color Without Pattern

4. Folk art

Folk art is traditional and reflects a community’s shared, expressive culture and often makes great use of natural images, including local plants and indigenous animals. It tends to be informal and unpretentious, especially since it’s not typically created by trained professionals. Using folk art within your southern home allows you to bring together different cultures in a playful and unique space. It also shows that you have a deep appreciation for the handmade. A great way to embrace this trend is to opt for fabric inspired by folk art for your window coverings and throw pillows.

5. Mycelium leather

Mycelium leather is made out of mushrooms, making it an incredibly innovative material to work with. It’s a vegan-friendly, sustainable, and environmentally-friendly alternative to animal leather. This fabric is made from mycelium, the vegetative part of a mushroom. During manufacturing, the producers can alter the material’s texture and color to make the fabric look like any kind of animal leather. It’s lightweight and flexible, allowing us to use it anywhere we could use animal leather. We particularly recommend using this biodegradable material for upholstered furnishings.

Which trend are you most excited about incorporating into your southern home? Let us know in the comments below and schedule a complimentary design consultation to help make your dream a reality!