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Last week, a few of the HGTV.com editors had the privilege of visiting High Point Furniture Market. We saw a lot of fabulous designs, from innovative furniture to one-of-a-kind lighting. I was on the lookout for the hottest colors in interior design. Here are my top four color picks:


Many designers have transitioned from the bold blues you’re used to seeing to a fresher, ice blue. I still enjoyed seeing unexpected pops of the bright blues in China cabinets and drawers.

Trending Color: BlueMedia Cabinet by Design Legacy; China Cabinet by Steven Shell; Denim Map by Splurge/Robert Nicholas; Tufted Chair by HGTV HOME

Designer Shane Inman’s Decorating Tip: Use soft blues for your walls and darker shades of blue in your upholstery. For something unexpected and daring, use a smokey-slate blue on base moldings and window casings.


I never thought I could decorate with orange, but seeing this color in accessories, upholstery and seating immediately changed my mind. It completely changes the mood of a room.

Trending Color: OrangeChevron Wall Art by Vanguard Furniture; Dining Chairs by Design Legacy; Teal/Orange Pillows by TOURMALINE home; End Table by Trade Winds Furniture

Designer Erica Islas’ Decorating Tip: If you’re worried about a color overpowering a space, use it as an accent color mixed with neutrals. For example, pair a striped orange-and-white ottoman with a neutral sofa.


Neutrals have always been one of my favorite colors to decorate with. Many trending textures, such as cork, rope and linen are neutral and bring a clean, fresh look to a space.

Trending Color: NeutralsBedding by Dovetail; Placemats by Kitchen Papers/Cake; Lamps by ARTERIORS; Holiday Display by Eastern Accents

Designer Erica Islas’ Decorating Tip: If you want to add a bold color to a room, it’s important to mix it with neutrals to create an inviting space.


Purple had a strong presence at Market, from soft shades of lavender to neon purple. It has quickly become one of my favorite colors in interior design.

Trending Color: PurplePurple Living Room by Bernhardt; Book Covers by GO Home; Glass Bottles by ARTERIORS; Purple Bedroom by HGTV HOME

Designer Shane Inman’s Decorating Tip: The secret to decorating with purple is to choose a soft hue. Use lavenders and lilacs for your walls, upholstery and draperies for a classic appeal. If you’re decorating a small room, paint just the ceiling and accent with purple linens and accessories.

SEE ALSO: Camille’s High Point Market Antique Finds

What do you think of these trending colors? Would you use them to decorate your home?


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Farima AlaviFarima is the entertaining editor for HGTV.com. Aside from her job, she loves fashion, playing with her rambunctious Yorkie, Rosie, and is a self-proclaimed foodie. She lives in a house...


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