3 SPRING Design Trends: HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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With a fall trip to the High Point Market, Pam and Melane uncover exciting new products and trends to bring new life into Louisiana living spaces.

The High Point Market is the largest home design trade show in the world. Twice a year it attracts almost two thousand exhibitors from every corner of the globe, to High Point, North Carolina, to show their wares in dozens of downtown buildings. So, faced with ten million square feet stocked with the world’s finest home furnishings and fashion trends, how does a keen-eyed design professional build her spring collection? Read on …

Curating a coherent design aesthetic from among acres of high-end home decor is an exciting, if daunting task. But decades of merchandising experience mean that Signature Southern Accents’ Melane Landry and Pam Petit are well equipped to tackle it. This October, Pam and Melane spent a week at the biannual design mecca, scouring scores of showrooms to bring the perfect combination of style and utility back to Louisiana for Signature Southern Accents’ Spring Collection.

 With two thousand exhibitors and ten million square feet, High Point Market is the largest home design trade show in the world.

With two thousand exhibitors and ten million square feet, High Point Market is the largest home design trade show in the world.

“Physically it was a lot of ground to cover. We saw new vendors, and vendors that we do business with, there with bigger showrooms,” Melane remarked. “Some of the furniture vendors that we buy from exclusively show at High Point. We were able to see things we would only otherwise see in catalogues. It’s exciting to bring back treasures we know our customers will love in their homes.”

 

 
“All of your accessory items, be it lamps, art, or mirrors, those are where our customers can veer a little out of their comfort zone and update their home with simple yet impactful details.”
 

 

Attending High Point Market is a great way for the Signature team to keep their collective thumbs on the pulse of current design trends. “If you’re a good buyer, you learn how to educate your customer,” Pam said. “Entering a huge market like that with an open mindset enables you to see what trends are emerging. It allows us to be at the forefront of letting customers experience what’s new.”

 

So according to the dynamic duo’s ‘market’ research, what’s going to be hot for Spring? Here are Melane and Pam’s picks for three emerging design trends that you’ll see showing up at Signature’s showroom in Zachary, plus an easy tip for incorporating them into your home.

 An moody, sleek design example of the Mid-Century Modern style from Gabby Interiors.

An moody, sleek design example of the Mid-Century Modern style from Gabby Interiors.

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE AND COLORS

“I would say that Mid-Century Modern and color are the two forces driving newness in the market,” Pam observed. “Adding a Mid-Century Modern touch interjects a simple freshness to a classic or traditional setting, which is what most of our clients prefer.”

What characterizes Mid-Century Modern style?

 A Mid-Century nook by  Emily Henderson Design  incorporates another design trend for spring: realistic faux florals.

A Mid-Century nook by Emily Henderson Design incorporates another design trend for spring: realistic faux florals.

Now recognized as a classic design style, the mid-century modern aesthetic evolved between the 1930s and the 1960s, and has now made a comeback that has been underway since the late 90s. Why? It’s functional, affordable, and brings a versatility of design with its use of varied textures, sleek lines, and pops of bold color. A departure from the muted colors of the all-white and gray living spaces popular in recent years, the chic, retro lines of mid-century modern pieces marry a simplicity of design with show-stopping color.

 Considering a stain-resistant performance fabric on upholstered items is always a great idea, particularly for those with children or pets. Source: Uttermost.

Considering a stain-resistant performance fabric on upholstered items is always a great idea, particularly for those with children or pets. Source: Uttermost.

PERFORMANCE FABRICS

One exciting new development in furniture covering now well-represented at Signature is what’s known as ‘performance fabric’—the durable, stain-resistant modern textiles now becoming available in an increasingly wide range of fabrics. “You can pour water on them … or any liquid on them, and it just stands there, not soaking in,” Melane marveled. “This is perfect for clients who want the white or cream sofa look without the anxiety of those threatening permanent stains.”

While these fabrics once tended to be pricey and uncomfortable against the skin, today’s technology has made this high-performing product highly desirable for those with pets, children, or high traffic areas. Even better, a wider range of texture options is rapidly becoming available. Those looking to make over a space can now choose linen-looks, velvets, and boldly patterned fabrics—all spill-resistant and easily wiped down with soap and water.

 Signature is also featuring hyper-realistic, high-end faux plants in beautiful (and believable) arrangements, turning those who scoff at artificial floral, into fans.

Signature is also featuring hyper-realistic, high-end faux plants in beautiful (and believable) arrangements, turning those who scoff at artificial floral, into fans.

REALISTIC FAUX FLORALS

Something else showing up this season are sophisticated new approaches to faux floral arrangements. Thanks to a relationship with a family company formerly in the fresh floral business, Signature now offers hyper-realistic, high-end faux plants in stunning (and stunningly believable) arrangements, turning those who scoff at artificial floral, into fans. As Pam pointed out, customers can pay as much as $75 for an orchid, only to watch it wither within a month or two. “I don’t like fake or artificial flowers in my house, but I would put this in it,” quipped Melane. “Flowers or foliage add a softening quality to a room, as a pillow will to a sofa.”

Now...how to keep your home current without breaking the bank? According to Pam, accessories in the form of lamps, mirrors, and artwork all make great ways to incorporate new style elements without committing to completely redesigning a space. “All of your accessory items, be they lamps, art, or mirrors: those are where our customers can veer a little out of their comfort zone and update their home with simple yet impactful details,” she said.

Many of these new items have already hit Signature’s showroom, with more appearing each week at Signature Southern Accents until April. Pop in to consult the experts on an on-trend or classic new piece to suit your own signature style.