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Our decorating team spent last week in High Point, N.C., trekking through miles upon miles of furniture and accessories and surveying the scene in search of the season’s hottest design trends. Here are some of the coolest up-and-coming styles we spotted.

Texture

Texture, Texture, Texture
A presenter at one of our design seminars declared that “texture is the new bling,” and after walking through the High Point showrooms, I have to agree. Look for lots of pillows and rugs with 3-D applique, plus loads of richly textured fabric, from natural linen to plush velvet. (On a color note, I am in love with the mustard-slate combo in the top-left rug.)

Nature
Nature-Inspired Design
From shell and dandelion-inspired pendants to faux bois prints to decorative vine balls, naturally-inspired pieces are having a moment. Also spotted: tons of botanical prints, framed sea life and insects, plus loads of driftwood and live-edged furniture.

Quatrefoil Vignette

(Still) Going Preppy
Preppy motifs like Greek key, lattice and Italian quatrefoil are still big. (I wanted to take the teal-and-white quatrefoil pillow home with me!)  Look for pieces that use the patterns in sculptural ways, like shaped mirrors and tables or furniture with legs twisting into meandering Greek key.

Rustic Redefined

Rustic, Redefined
Gone are the bulky rustic pieces of the past and here to stay are ones  inspired by midcentury lines, like this low-slung chair or wooden sunburst mirror.  Another hot trend: reclaimed woods (the table in the top-right was made from 100-year-old wood sourced from a radio tower near Clayton-Oxford’s Raleigh, N.C. workshop) and hand-scraped, distressed paint in colors from white to bright green.

Menswear-Inspired Fabrics
Menswear-Inspired Furnishings
We spotted menswear prints like plaid and houndstooth along with masculine touches like rivets and distressed leather all over High Point.  You’re most likely to see this trend in comfy chairs like the one above, with fabrics inspired by mens’ fashion and streamlined shapes.

Gold Home Furnishings

Gold Rush
Gold fixtures and accessories were all over High Point, but (don’t worry) not in the ’80s-bathroom -light-fixture way. Brushed gold with a matte finish looks fresh everywhere from statement pendants to table bases.

Basketweave

Basketweave Mania
This market was all about the weave — we spotted woven pillows,  coffee tables, wall art and more, plus wicker-inspired prints and faux-woven carvings.


What trend are you excited about for 2012? Tell us in the comments below.

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Liz GrayLiz is a Senior Editor at HGTV.com. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that’s stuck in the ‘70s…for now. When she’s not working on remodeling projects with her boyfriend and...

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