Lamps Plus Taps High Point Market Style Spotters for Fall 2013 Home Decor Trends

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Designers offer insights on how consumers can incorporate new trends into their homes.

Vintage Influenced Design Is Among the Popular Styles at High Point

Vintage Influenced Design

When looking for fall 2013 home decor trends, High Point Market, the world’s largest home furnishings trade show, is the place to find them. Specialty lighting retailer Lamps Plus asked three of the event’s official “Style Spotters" for their input on how consumers can incorporate new trends into their homes.

Lamps Plus spoke to noted New York stylist and designer Raina Kattelson, Georgia-based Kelly Kole of Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs, and Lisa Mende of Lisa Mende Design, based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Of the three women, Manja Swanson, Chief Creative Officer of Lamps Plus, says, “These designers and decorators have a great eye for what’s happening in the world of home decorating. We thought it’d be valuable to consumers to get their design advice on how to get the look at home.”

The innovative lighting and home decor designs on view at High Point are purchased wholesale and eventually sold to the public by retailers such as Lamps Plus, and as such, they represent a cross-section of what consumers can expect to see in stores for years to come. “This year’s market was all about creating drama,” explains Swanson. “Bright colors, bold patterns, statement lighting designs and period decor featured heavily.”

From sprightly limes and fuchsias to hearty reds and emerald greens, big colors were in full bloom, as noted by all three experts. Kattelson explains how consumers can warm up to color: “So often people are afraid of bold colors in their homes, but there are many ways to incorporate color for even the most color phobic. Small accents, such as pillows, lamp bases and curtains with a wow color. Colorful artwork and accessories such as pottery are another favorite stylist's trick to add a quick zap of color to a space. For the DIYer paint is always a perfect way to refresh an existing piece. A pop of color on a leg of a chair will instantly change the whole feel.”

Kole echoes Kattelson’s sentiment, pointing to the cost effectiveness of using accents to introduce color: “Incorporate these colors in places that won't break the bank or become a misfit in the room - pillows, throws and area rugs are the first place I would start.”

Like color, patterns were very popular at the spring market. Says Mende, “the computer generated patterns first seen on the runway are making their way into the home decor scene. Animal prints are basically a neutral these days and tribal adds a bit of global design to the mix. These patterns will show up in pillows, rugs and wallpaper for sure, but the daring few might even use them on furniture such as accent chairs and ottomans.”

Between the array of bright colors and patterns available at High Point, visual mash-ups are clearly en vogue 2013 home decor trend. So too is an eclectic mix of new and vintage decor. Kole clarifies this trend and how individuals can make it work at home: “The mix of vintage and repurposed items in all aspects of design is still hot. Contemporary design is slowly becoming more main stream, so I think the lacquers and glam will continue as well. While we all love to be up on trends and to know what the latest and greatest is, I always promote staying true to what you naturally gravitate towards. If you think something is really beautiful, then it is and it should be in your home.”

Swanson elaborates, “Vintage design is about comfort and nostalgia, and it’s a great way to mix new purchases and family heirlooms. We’ve seen quite a bit of recent interest in this style from customers.”

For a more stylized approach to this mix-n-match curation, Mende looks to Hollywood. “With all of the hype around ‘The Great Gatsby’ I think we will be seeing a little more art deco influence. I also feel a return to our traditional period pieces but presented in interesting ways to make them fresh such as combinations of painted finishes, skins, hair on hide and wrapped in fabrics. The upcoming trend will be even more about the mix of modern pieces with antiques.”

In keeping with her cinematic analogy, Mende addresses lighting specifically: “Lighting plays a huge role in creating drama in a room. If you choose an oversized chandelier you create a statement in a room. However, if the room is already busy with wallpaper, or fabrics, choosing that simple elegant piece can give your room the perfect touch. No matter what lighting you choose, always put your lighting on a dimmer so you can create the perfect amount of light for your needs. Dimming the lights for a dinner party will give your room instant drama.”

Swanson notes that, “at Lamps Plus, we’ve seen steadily growing customer interest in the trends Raina Kattelson, Kelly Kole and Lisa Mende highlight. In the coming months ahead, we look forward to hearing more from them and other design experts about emerging trends and new design ideas.”

About Lamps Plus
For more than 30 years, Lamps Plus has been synonymous with excellence in the retail lighting industry. Established in 1976, Lamps Plus is the nation's largest specialty lighting store, with more than 40 superstores throughout the western United States. In 2013, LampsPlus.com was named a Top 10 Housewares/Home Furnishings e-tailer and a “Hot 100" world's best retail website by Internet Retailer Magazine. Together with its retail locations, Lamps Plus serves customers nationwide with the largest selection of functional and decorative lighting fixtures, accessories, furniture and home decor. This selection includes hundreds of products, ranging from traditional chandeliers and pendant light fixtures to the latest in home decor, available exclusively from Lamps Plus. Services include in-home lighting consultations, in-store workshops and installation from expert, licensed electricians. American Lighting Association certified designers are available to offer product recommendations and advice in all our stores, by phone or online at LampsPlus.com. The Lamps Plus family of websites also includes 55 Downing Street, Lighting Luxury Style, Builders Discount Lighting, and Lamps Plus Open Box. Visit the official Lamps Plus website: LampsPlus.com

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