Color, Contrast, and Everything Painted Caught My Eye at the High Point Furniture Market!

18th October

The Fall High Point Furniture Market is ending. It’s a week of frantic shopping for furniture store buyers and designers from around the world. Entry is exclusive to the trade, and much-coveted by those who crave a peek into the millions of square feet of eye candy!

I am one lucky woman. I live and work minutes from the Market, and have either worked in showrooms (faux finishing walls and setting up vignettes), assisted sales reps in showrooms (taking orders from International customers who spoke a myriad of languages), or visited for my former shop, Feather Your Nest as a buyer. A very small-scale buyer, for sure! But it’s all about getting in!

So, in the past few days, camera in hand, I explored my favorite showrooms, not as a buyer but as a reporter. For you. To share some of the goodies displayed this market. I shot hundreds of photos, and choosing a handful is no easy task. But, my mission was to venture out and see what spoke to the artist in me. And everything that reached out and grabbed me, amongst the zillions of items I viewed, seemed to relate right back to the Marketing Director in me. To our paints, our fabrics, and their mastermind, Annie Sloan.

So, color it is! And paint! Two important elements of my daily minimum requirements for existence. (No to mention strong coffee, a good book, and my fam.)

Brace yourself and enjoy!

(P.S. Please excuse the price tags, soda cans, elbows and weird reflections in the pics. Shooting in crowded showrooms is a nightmare challenge.)

Annie Sloan "Barcelona Orange" everywhere, paired with blue-greys and yellows!

Very "Scandinavian Pink" with a surprise of "Versailles"

Love the wood top with lots of pattern in fun colors!

Oh this fluffy, floaty fabric has nothing to do with paint, but Wow!

"Antibes" anyone, with a background of "Pure White" and more...

This is just warm, cozy and inviting.

Yes, I stopped in my tracks to shoot this photo, even in the threating downpour. That's some "Emperoro's Silk"!

Lovely, clean, simple colors.

OK, Wow, just Wow!

Look up! Warm painted wood contrasted with a painted wood pendant.

Pretty texture and art display.

Love the handpainted chest and everything!

My all-time favorite Market display window!

Seriously scouting for something to do this to!

Stencils are everywhere, including on metals!

And even more metals...


And finally, just some fun...

So, what do you think! Do you see many of Annie Sloan’s gorgeous and inspired Chalk Paint colors here? They continue to ride the trends, no doubt. Whether you are a buyer of these lovely furniture, art and accessory pieces, or a painter of similar items, hope these photos will inspire you!

Personally, I will be painting SOMETHING this weekend…








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About Debbie

Debbie Dion Hayes graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in Fine Arts, concentrating in painting. Upon graduating she began her artistic career as an illustrator and then moved into graphic design and marketing. She is a nationally recognized and published faux finisher, a multi-continent traveler, and lover of all things related to design and painting with Annie Sloan Products.

10 Responses to “Color, Contrast, and Everything Painted Caught My Eye at the High Point Furniture Market!”

  1. Dorene Stander says:

    I am tingling! This gives me so much inspiration! I am an Annie Sloan paint addict, and a new furniture painting business owner! (Essex Cottage) I was so excited to see the nailhead trim on the mirror and furniture – I have had an idea swimming in my head to do this to a little table, and I just bought some furniture nails yesterday!

  2. Jessi says:

    Love seeing all the bright colors that are trending right now. And that numbers are still popular! I think the pink trimmed chair (with chippy teal windows/doors behind) is my favorite, too. I’m wanting to create the heavily distressed teal/white look on a piece my mother-in-law left for us.

    Thanks for giving us a peek into the market!

  3. Debbie says:

    Hi Jessi, we clearly love the same looks! The Market was very inspiring for me too. Thanks for reading, and send me pics of your piece!

  4. Debbie says:

    Hi Dorene and welcome to the addictive world of Chalk Paint™ decorative paint. Congrats on Essex Cottage. Would love to hear more about it, and see pictures of your pieces!

  5. Lots of gorgeous inspiration! Makes me want to abandon my plans for the day and go paint instead! Thanks so much for sharing, Debbie :0)

  6. Debbie says:

    Hi Michele, we are thinking the same thing for our day! Glad to hear from you!

  7. Nancy Jones says:

    I love seeing the world through your eyes! Boy, are we at the right place at the right time.

  8. Debbie says:

    No kidding Nancy! Wish you were here at Market with me. But so glad to see you soon and play in our favorite paint!

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