New Introductions at High Point Market Solve the Problem of Too Much Brown Furniture
by Lynn Byrne
Legendary decorator Sister Parish would allow no more than 3 brown pieces in any one room. More recently, Deborah Needleman, editor in chief of the Off Duty section and magazine at the Wall Street Journal, and author of the book The Perfectly Imperfect Home, proclaimed that too much brown furniture can suck the life out of a room.
Well, my sponsor to High Point Market, Hooker Furniture, has solved the problem of excessive brown furniture for you. No longer are your choices limited to light, dark or medium brown when selecting the finish for your furniture.
At the April 2012 High Point Market, Hooker Furniture had fun with finishes.
New furniture introductions included multiple wood species in one piece, color tone variations and rustic, reclaimed wood looks. And Hooker mixed up wood tones and species within a single collection. There were even a couple of new introductions that didn’t feature wood or wood tones at all.
For example, the dining table in Hooker’s latest collection, Rhapsody, has a mix of species with an overall walnut finish and a pecky pecan veneer in the center, all over a solid poplar. Don’t miss the fleur de lis accent.
Nesting tables and a large architectural mirror also from Rhapsody, have a distressed, white washed finish.
Wood finished in a charcoal gray tone was another important look in the April Market offerings, as seen below.
In this computer credenza from Hooker Furniture’s Southpark collection, a charcoal gray finish was paired with a clear maple finish and satin nickel hardware for a metropolitan feel.
While wood gained a prominent role in the overall design of some of the new offerings at Hooker Furniture, the designers ignored wood tones all together in others. Hooker Furniture introduced 2 new mirrored pieces (first photo and below) in its popular Melange collection and a side table with a plum painted finish.
According to Deborah Needleman, if you look at “a room you love…you will likely find the furniture to be a mix of tones and materials…” By creating pieces with mirrored shine, unusual paint finishes, rustic woods, new wood tones like gray, and a mix of wood species in a single piece, Hooker Furniture has given homeowners the products they need to create a room they love.
Photos of the TV console, the mirrored pieces and the plum side table courtesy of Hooker Furniture. All other photos by me. Needleman quote from the Wall Street Journal on Oct. 15, 2011.