A special report from Giftware News’ columnist Marilyn Nason
From pillows and poufs to framed/unframed prints; hammered silver/gold wall designs; eye-catching figurines and spectacular colored and/or stained tabletop, glassware and wood pieces, home decor was clearly a strong motivator for buyers attending the recent more than a century-old High Point (NC) Market.
For retailers and decorators, this expanding emphasis on what completes a room or outdoor living area, once case goods, flooring and textiles have been determined, showed retailers how to achieve repeat better-best business as consumers continue their serious focus on their homes, no matter what size.
As these decorative accessories, home furnishings and home decor items assume growing importance in the inventory mix of savvy furniture retailers,it also opens the door to the total giftware industry for both self-use and as gift purchases.
Proving that poufs have achieved status as a significant, flexible element in the home, dozens of poufs were an important part of the furnishings in the High Point Media Center this time.
As upholstery, window treatments and other types of textiles become important in completing the look of a room via poufs, the same designs, patterns, colorways, textures and embellishments were also influencing the literally thousands of pillow introductions, allowing decorators and individual consumers alike to coordinate window treatments, bed coverings, throws and rugs to create the total look a homeowner wants.
Lamps, too, joined in this look potential both in base colorways and finishes, as well as in shades, some exhibitors achieving this textile-styling in cotton, flax and burlap shades, especially for bedside and occasional table lighting functions.
As oversized wall clocks take on strong eye-appeal, frames and edging also featured matching and coordinating colors and textures similar to lamp shades and pillows.
Thanks to the limitless flexibility of ceramics and quality acrylics, lamp bases, wall clock faces and decorative sculpted pieces offered coordinated looks for every trend styling from rustic and natural to traditional and sleek looks and shapes. Several cleverly combined elements of crystal, silver, gold and metal in rivet and swirls accents.
Several home furnishings buyers indicated the expanding styling choices and emphasis on home furnishings and accessories is creating a positive, challenging approach to incorporating more and more of these carefully-selected items in both traditional massive furniture designer showrooms and home decor boutiques, as they appeal to an ever- widening variety of customers.
Several voiced a familiar industry theme, noting "I can only sell a customer one mid-to-high-ticket dining room or bedroom set at a time but with these decor items coordinating with their style preferences in case goods, they're coming back into the store for these items as gifts and to augment their own homes."
On this point several furniture retailers acknowledged, "Guess I'm finally sliding into the better-best home decor gift industry.
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