At the beginning of April, the Residential Lighting team traveled to High Point, NC, for the spring market, which had an early date pattern compared to years past. Although the halls didn’t seem as crowded, that shouldn’t fool you. Finding a parking spot within walking distance was near impossible, and the nightly rate at our trusted hotel was significantly higher (more than 20 percent) than when we were there just last fall.
We took all this in stride though because, as usual, we saw some great new products. Here’s what stood out:
Spring into Color: Color headlined this market. Last fall many manufacturers sung the “blues,” and this continued into spring with a variety of hues ranging from royal to teal working their way into lines everywhere. Red, especially coral shades, was equally in the spotlight. Overall, these colors departed from the super-saturated look we’ve been seeing and took a walk on the softer side in a more pastel rendition.
Also, in stark contrast to the blues and reds permeating showrooms, all-white looks were also well-received. Especially in portables, white bases topped with white shades sold like hot cakes.
Stunner Shades. Lamp shades are not usually the stars of the show — more often than not, they work in the shadows, complementing a well-designed, eye-catching base. But at this market, many shades grabbed your attention right off the bat. Sleek black was a chic new color alternative to traditional light hues like white or cream; metal shades instead of standard fabric versions were around every corner; and even fancy details, like crystal, made their way into shade design, adding more bling than we’re used to seeing on these portable toppers.
Open Air: Metal caging, most often in fixtures, is a distant cousin of the industrial trend that still has a hold on lighting. Overall, the open silhouette and substantial material communicate a part rustic, part gothic feel, but a good deal of manufacturers offered the look with subtle differences to cater to a variety of styles and settings.
If you’d like a visual on these High Point trends, you’re in luck — we’ll be featuring several of them in the upcoming June issue of Residential Lighting.