ReCapping the 2018 High Point Fall Market

From bold florals to textured chenille fabrics, the 2018 High Point Market showcased many unique twists on traditional favorites. Our designers were on the lookout for trends, and found Breathe by Milliken fabrics as the foundation for many modern looks.

Color Trends

This Market season, warm neutrals appeared as the base color many interior trends this season. EJ Victor displayed the Breathe by Milliken™ fabric Textured Almond on a sofa in their showroom. The selection offers the performance and durability consumers demand with the softness and elegance they desire.

Nothing accents a warm neutral color, like those in the Breathe collection, more than a bright pillow. Many showrooms used neutral fabrics as a wrap for furniture, adding pops of color to change the mood of the room. Along with bright colors, we also noticed an increase in rich, deep colors, such as greens and blues. While blue is an established color for interiors, olive and leaf-tone greens added a refreshing spin on a classic, pairing beautifully with gold and copper accents. 

EJ Victor covered an elegantly styled sofa with Textured Almond Breathe by Milliken fabric. The bright blue accent pillows added a bit of flare, especially next to the deep blue wall.



The Hollywood glamour of the 1920s-40s will never go out of style. We can’t get enough of the stylish trends of the period, as well as the novelty of mid-century modern furniture frames. Curved shapes in sofas and chairs bring timeless sophistication to any living space. The wing-back chairs found in our Showroom pay tribute to the period. One of the many vintage pieces discovered in the Milliken guest house, the classic frames re-covered in Amalfi Snow marry elegant design with modern sustainable innovation.

Our designers took note of the many 1970-80s fabric influences. Shaggy mohair and dyed Sherpa definitely carried a 1970s flare into contemporary spaces. Apart from decade influences, East Asian and American folk design trends were also apparent throughout the show. Delicate watercolor florals and traditionally rendered tiger designs were apparent in both fabrics and furniture.


Innovations/Creative Twists

We generally think of floral as the pattern of spring and summer. In fact, it’s hard to imagine floral patterns without traditional pastel yellow, pink, or blue backgrounds. However, one of Market’s most notable creative variations paired floral patterns with dark, rich background colors like blues and blacks. These unexpected combinations were present in wallpaper, fabrics, and accessories, suggesting floral as an appropriate pattern for any season.

Matelassé, textural chenille and tonal jacquard patterns also made a striking appearance. Though matelassé patterns are sometimes considered dated, we found ourselves inspired by their modern revival. In addition, the layering of textures added unique detail to seemingly simple pieces.


After the exhilaration of Market, Milliken Specality Interiors looks forward to showcasing new cotton linens and polyester fabrics for December Showtime. The Milliken Showroom provides guests with an exclusive look into our unique approach to emotion-based design and carefully curated palettes and textures. We’re constantly reflecting on trends and traditions to innovate a stylish and sustainable future.

Category: Innovation