Tobi Fairley is a big name in the interior design business. She established her firm in Little Rock, Arkansas, more than 15 years ago, and her award-winning designs for high-profile and celebrity clients have been featured on television and in top shelter magazines around the globe. Fairley’s design blog is currently read in more than 124 countries. I sat down with her at the High Point Market to discuss upcoming trends in interior design.
What can consumers and design clients expect to see in the way of color trends for early 2015?
Green is definitely making a comeback, in shades from kelly to celadon! I’m also seeing pops of true reds, and a great resurgence of graphic black and white.
What is your forecast on furniture trends—painted versus stained pieces?
If you look at the new upholstered pieces, you’ll see a lot of natural wood-grain frames rather than just fully upholstered frames. So stained wood is definitely here to stay. As far as design style goes, there is still a nice mix of modernized traditional and comfortable contemporary. People love clean lines, but they still want familiar design elements, so this is the best of both worlds. Other trends I’m seeing are more metal tables and pedestal tables—they are everywhere.
Who are some of your favorite go-to manufacturers for cutting-edge design trends in furniture, fabrics and accessories?
Definitely CR Laine, Duralee, Thibaut, Century, Bernhardt, Visual Comfort, Gus Modern, Schumacher, Phillip Jeffries, Arteriors, Worlds Away, and Soicher Marin.
If you had to sum up the design philosophy for your projects in a few words, what would they be?
Bright, bold and tailored!