4 Trends that Stole the Spotlight at HPMKT


High Point Market (HPMKT) in North Carolina is the largest indoor furniture trade show in the world, gathering over 75,000 people in the home furnishings industry every six months. If you can’t find it at HPMKT — then it isn’t trending!

We partnered with designers Holly Phillips, Kate Marker and Kristy Harvey to take a look inside the spring’s top interior design trends showing up at HPMKT. From their style lens and our front row seat, we picked up on some recurring themes through the halls of spring market.

Natural Materials

You’ve been noticing that indoor and outdoor spaces are becoming more blurred, right? Of course, Sunbrella is on board with this trend. The outdoor living room makes total sense to us, which is why our fabrics can exist in either environment. At High Point, we saw this trend lean toward bringing the outdoors in. Wood accents paired with earth-toned pallets and indoor plants were especially noticeable at the indoor furnishings fair.

white sofa with blue pillows
Wood framed chair with white upholstery

Our take on bringing the outdoors in:

bedroom with teal chair and green bedcover

Pattern, Meet Pattern

Bold, contrasting colors combined with eye-catching patterns were all over HPMKT. While we’ve always been keen on pattern play with accents, it’s fun to start seeing large upholstered pieces covered in full repeat mixed with coordinating pillows and throws in different patterns. If you are in redesign mode, the bolder the better! Although mixing patterns might feel intimidating, it can also be fun (and addicting) once you have a common theme in mind. Start with three patterns that all have the same color hue and get to coordinating!

Our take for summer entertaining:

bench with bright colored pillows

Textile Design  

We may be a little bias toward this trend, but the walls were telling their own style stories at HPMKT. From tapestries to hanging rugs, embroidery and crocheted fabric designs, wall art is not bound by frames. What we love most about the textile wall coverings is the tie into finding creative applications of sustainable materials. We are in support of the move toward artisanal, handmade finishing touches.

Our color-filled take:

Dining room with red accents

Our neutral take:White sofa with textile accent on wall

Rich Hues + Velvet

Spring is normally associated with both bright and muted floral colors, but this year, spring is trending a bit moodier than the typical shift to pastels. We knew jewel tones would have a moment this year and saw countless vignettes that allowed rich hues to steal the spotlight. Statement furniture pieces upholstered in colors with depth in velvet fabrics were making a case for the moody.


Our take on spaces drenched in jewel tones:

Teal sofa with red ottoman

Shades of Pinks + Greens

Did you catch our upside-down vignette? With our style partners and featured retailers, we’ve been noticing pops of blush contrasted with deep greens in spring mood boards. For our favorite #SunbrellaMoment at market, literally “flipped” perceptions of Sunbrella fabrics in the most unexpected way we could think in colored in this color pairing of the moment.

In partnership with American Leather, we created a dramatic vignette of a luxurious living room featuring the iconic American Leather Menlo Park sofa…suspended upside down! We went to extremes to show the lived-in luxury that Sunbrella exudes is not just for outdoor spaces, but the right choice for indoor, too.

Check out how designers and retailers experimented to make Insta-worthy moments in our upside-down room!