4 hottest designer trends spotted by Curt Morris of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Birmingham

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La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Birmingham owner Curt Morris. Photo by Bham Now

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Birmingham owner Curt Morris has identified four major trends in the home furnishings world that he saw at the High Point Market in early October.

High Point Market, which is held biannually in High Point, North Carolina, is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world. Attended by over 70,000 to 80,000 people from over 100 countries, roughly 2000 exhibitors occupy over 10 million square feet of showroom space throughout 180 buildings.

A regular attendee of the massive Fall week long event, Morris provided Bham Now with his 4 insights on the latest emerging trends.

1. People are loving sectionals

In today’s go-go world, it is nice to see a piece of furniture that promotes conversations.

“What we are finding now, is that people are loving sectionals, said Morris. “They have now what they call a snuggler, it’s a little curve in a sectional. People love to float this type of piece out in their rooms. This curve gives more communication, whether you have company or family. The communal part of it all comes together simply by this piece. It creates conversations.”

2. 2018 Pantone color of the year – Ultra Violet

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The color to look for in 2018 is the Pantone – Ultra Violet. Here is their description:

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Morris described how Ulta Violet should be used in home furnishings.

“It is not to be put on the entire piece, it needs to be an accent. It can be placed in a flower, put in a piece of art for background, or a pillow. It needs to go in some piece in the room that brings out the color. 2018 is the world of the ultra violet.”

3. Layers, layers, layers

Layered rugs. Photo by Bham Now

From the floor to the walls, one of the biggest decorating trend is layering. It brings depth to a room.

“Another wonderful thing that we are finding out is that in decorating, the biggest new trend is layering,” added Morris. Best example is with rugs, it is not just one rug its two. It is also done with the art, different mix of textures creating a different depth within your room that our designers can put together for you. On the walls, flat art is layered to help bring it depth. You want art that floats.”

4. Not so Matchy-Matchy, be eclectic

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The days of having your furnishings match from sofa to the chairs are over. Being matchy-matchy is one of the worse things you can do trend-wise, according to Morris.

“In my own home, for example, I have a different fabric on every chair in my dining room, because you want something that brings life. Everything that is matchy-matchy is gone these days. The new style, feels more like home, like when you went to grandmother’s house, when everything wasn’t the same.”

More than sofa or table

Morris stressed that all these trends and accents help bring a room together. it is not just a sofa, a cocktail table, you have to bring the room together with pillows, art and layering. With everything that comes with putting together a room and home, La-Z-Boy designers can do it for you for no charge.

La-Z-Boy – Made in the USA. Bucking the global trend

La-Z-Boy, Birmingham, Alabama
By handcrafting their furniture in the USA, La-Z-Boy can deliver custom pieces in a few short weeks. Photo via La-Z-Boy

One trend, that La-Z-Boy is not following, and makes them different than any other home furnishing company is where their furniture is made. According to Morris over the past 15-20 years, most furniture companies have gone offshore.

“Thank goodness, 95% of what La-Z-Boy makes is still done domestically. Most of our items come from Dayton Tennessee and Newton, Mississippi. The people that work on these things, that hand-make these chairs and sofas, are from little towns in Tennessee and  Mississippi, and they take pride at what they do,” Morris concluded.

Discover all the new trends at La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Birmingham.

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Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.