Furniture trends toward shades of gray and movement

 Colors that pop and hues of gray and blue are trending in home décor.

Colors that pop and hues of gray and blue are trending in home décor.

Photo provided by Gardner-White


By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published November 10, 2017

 Jeffrey Roberts, of Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design in Troy, shows these leather recliners in the new traditional style, with cleaner, straighter lines.

Jeffrey Roberts, of Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design in Troy, shows these leather recliners in the new traditional style, with cleaner, straighter lines.

Photos by Donna Agusti

 The zero gravity chair — which Roberts said is a hit with baby boomers — allows your head to be lower than your feet.

The zero gravity chair — which Roberts said is a hit with baby boomers — allows your head to be lower than your feet.

Photo by Donna Agusti

METRO DETROIT — The trends in home furnishings have swung toward comfort, casual, motion, and shades of blue and gray. 

Rachel Tronstein, president of Gardner-White Furniture, said comfort with great fashion features is trending. This takes shape as sofas, chairs and recliners with powered and unpowered motion, “with really neat stitching, colors and fabrics.” 

“Consumers don’t want to compromise,” she said. “They want their home to be comfortable and look good. Beyond that, we’re seeing a lot more color — colors that pop … gem tones in vibrant, deep hues of blue, purple and green.” 

Tronstein said that when customers come into Gardner-White stores, “They talk about how they want to use the room. Our job is to translate that into reality.”

Also, Tronstein said pub and gathering height — higher than traditional dining room height — are popular for dining settings. 

Bob Eisen, owner of Abode Furniture in Farmington Hills, said the focus of his store, which has been in business for 38 years, is dining furniture. 

 He said he carries maple chairs and tables crafted by Amish carpenters in Michigan, which are popular with his customers. He said metal chairs are also selling well. 

Eisen said the trend is casual and the style “transitional traditional, but not ultra-contemporary.” 

“A formal dining room is taking a back seat,” he said.

Tom Lias, co-owner of Gorman’s Home Furnishings & Interior Design, agrees.

“Formal dining is losing its position to casual dining,” he said. 

He said traditional style furniture and furniture with power are trending now. 

The new traditional style means cleaner, straighter lines bordering toward contemporary and lighter backgrounds, such as grayish blue and muted green, Lias said. 

“Shades of gray is a continuing trend,” Lias said. This translates to rooms with “real strong contrast.” 

“New traditional is not your mother’s or grandmother’s traditional,” he said. 

Lias said chairs, sofas and sectionals have powered up.  

A fully reclining zero gravity chair, in which your head can be lower than your legs, has been a top seller, Lias said. 

“As (baby) boomers age, we see more seating with power, with unlimited seating options, more than the traditional three positions,” Lias said. “They can stop in any position.” 

“Now there are even power headrests. You can recline with your head supported,” Lias said.