HIGH POINT, N.C. – Home furnishings were blushing at the Spring High Point Market. Pink was prominent in all its hues, emerging as interior design's top tone for the season.
You didn't need a trained eye to pick up this color trend; it was in enough showrooms to give competition to Jaipur, India's Pink City. But be aware: Like the rosy cheeks of youth, this too may fade. So if pink is your preference, now is the time to go shopping.
Here is a sampling of lamps, furniture, upholstery and other accessories in shades from soft to shocking:
Rachel Ashwell, the designer and founder of Shabby Chic, showed her Lloyd sofa with very soft pink cushions upholstered in blush velvet on a wood frame.
Going bolder on the color wheel was Worlds Away's faux shagreen pink poufs on a brass base.
Pine Cone Hill, which is known for textiles and bedding, displayed new Flamingo motif sheets and duvet covers on a shocking pink four-poster bed. Designer and owner Annie Selke recently moved to Marrakesh Country Club, a golf community in Palm Desert, Calif., that is famous for its pink buildings.
"It served as the inspiration for my new Palm Springs collection, and I like to say that the area had me at pink," she said, noting that her Flamingo bedding was also inspired by the artwork of a Parisian atelier. "You look at the bedding and it just makes you feel happy."
In Facet, Michelle Workman's new collection for French Heritage, she used a pink faux shagreen on her Bellini drinks table. It comes in other colors, as well.
Barbara Cosgrove showed boy and girl figurine lamps in a resin finished in a matte pink with shades lined in the same color.
Even makers of outdoor furniture were in the pink. Brown Jordan had its Deia outdoor sofa on display in hot pink with Kelly green accents. It also looked good in white with pink cushions.
Kindel Furniture, which has been made in the U.S. since 1901, manufactures the Dorothy Draper and Winterthur collections. Both used a variety of pinks on tables, chests and upholstery.
"Pink is just a generally uplifting and happy color that is perfect for home furnishings and decor, and it always brings a smile to my face," said Selke.