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Have you noticed a pattern in our last few Color of the Month picks? We’ve chosen apple green, watermelon red and peach — all inspired by our favorite seasonal edibles. HGTVGardens.com editor Jessica was more than happy to continue the produce-inspired trend this month with a pitch for bright eggplant.

HGTV's Color of the Month October 2013: Eggplant

While the dark, plummy hue of Italian eggplant lends itself well to late fall decor and tabletops, we’re loving the brighter hue that long, skinny Japanese eggplant varieties bring to the table. Gorgeous, right? Bonus: This nearly-seedless variety makes the best eggplant chips.  Best of all, this prolific crop is still in season — pick up a pile at a farmers’ market near you!

This almost-glowing purple also shines bright alongside traditional Halloween hues like orange and black.

Halloween Cupcake Decorating Party

Add it into the decorating mix for your kids’ Halloween party or use it as an accent in your DIY Halloween costume. (Get our step-by-step makeup tutorial for this dark fairy costume here.)

Or dress up your everyday decor for fall with a little…

Puple Glass Bottles Accent Color

…or a lot of this saturated shade. Are you daring enough to try purple-on-purple like designer Brian Patrick Flynn did here?

So, what do you think of this month’s color choice? Tell us in the comments below.


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11 Responses

  1. Allie Holcomb says:

    I love this pick! Eggplant is perfect for October.

  2. [...] an ode the hearty meals that the fall season brings and the richness that comes with cooler months. HGTV did a great job with this color. There are so many possibilities when it comes to decor (or even a [...]

  3. Judy O. says:

    I just completed painting my remodeled bath with purple walls…awesome…makes the tile pop. Excellent choice for October and many other months…

  4. Corina says:

    we love purple in any shade

  5. Winona says:

    I absolutely love this eggplant color! Also like it combined with blues and grape hues. Makes me happy! :)

  6. purple queen says:

    first thing I did when I moved into my beautiful new house was paint the living room wall a gorgeous dusty purple with a copper stripe. everyone loves it.

  7. Keisha says:

    I love the eggplant palate!!! Purple has always been my favorite color, but I never knew how to use it in my home with elegance. Thanks for the inspiration. I will try it in my next living space

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  9. fran says:

    Purple, plums and fusia are all my favorites. I updated with gold and it looks amazing!

  10. Russ says:

    I had eggplant cupboards once wiped back in a stain that looked like a broken blue ink pen. I received so many complainants and request for the color for other projects.

  11. Russ says:

    Complements Lol not complaints. Lol

Liz GrayLiz is a senior editor at HGTV.com and an co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that’s stuck in the ‘70s…for now. When she’s not working on...


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