Color trends High Point Market Spring 2015

Last week was my second time attending High Point Market. If you are a designer and have never been, I can’t recommend it enough. It is such an exciting and inspiration trip. I saw so many beautiful show rooms and new products. I have gone through all my photos and I have identified six major trends.

1. Color 2. Organics 3. Exposed wood grain 4. Metallics 5. Geometrics 6. Texture

I will be highlighting all six of these trends with lot’s of photos over the next few weeks. I will start with color since that is what I know everyone loves to hear about.

Color: Blue still seems to be hugely popular this Spring. I noticed less turquoise than last Spring but plenty of deep saturated Mediterranean blues. Navy was also highly represented.

Hickory Chair Show Room

Hickory Chair Show Room

Several show rooms used deep saturated blue on an accent wall. (note: accent walls were very prevalent at Market)


Tobi Fairlet collection for C.R.Laine

Check out the blue and white fabric on these new chairs from Tobi Fairley for C.R.Laine. This animal print fabric must have been the top selling fabric this Spring. It was featured in at least half a dozen showrooms used on everything from sofas to chairs to beds.


Kristin Drohan new collection

Besides the popularity of blue, the big buzz around market and on Instagram was all about “Blush”. Designer Suzanne Kasler debuted her new collection for Hickory Chair in Blush and it was a huge hit.

Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

I just love this round drum shade pendant. It’s so fresh and unexpected, even more so since it is above a very traditional brown dining table.

Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair

Blush which is really just another name for light pink was also trending in art work.


This large scale photo of pink flowers from Dunes and Duchess was even chosen by one of “High Points Style Spotters”.

Dunes and Duchess

Dunes and Duchess

After seeing the above image I was inspired to take a couple of my own flower photos from a pink arrangement at the Thibaut showroom. What do you think? Should I super size one and frame it for my own house?

flowers for blog2

flower for blogWM

I saw a lot more Red this Spring than last especially for furniture and accessories.

red at HP



Red for blog

Larry Laslo for Chaddock

I still remember the striking red room Alexa Hampton did for Spring 2014 for Hickory Chair and this year she chose to use red once again.

Alexa hampton for Hickory Chair

Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair

Now that I have showed you Blue, Blush and Red, as all trending, I am going to end with this: If I had to choose one color that was undeniably the number one color this Spring at High Point it would be Gold.

Mr. Brown High Point

Mr. Brown High Point

That my friends is an entire blog post coming up soon under the trend Metallics. Wait until you see all the Gold!!

Sooo….which color are you most excited about?



Trending color at High Point Market

One thing I heard over and over at High Point last week was how everyone was so excited about all the color in the showrooms. Evidently for the past few years the showrooms have been awash with shades of gray and white.

As someone who is passionate about color I was on high alert for colors I saw as trending. I saw plenty of blues and greens and also purples (no surprise since Pantone picked Radiant Orchard as their color for 2014). What I didn’t except though was a color that hasn’t gotten a whole lot of love lately and that is RED! Not the deep dark “oxblood red” of the past few years but big bold tomato red!

Take a look at some of these gorgeous showroom where Red was definitively the center of attention.

Alexa hampton

Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair: Linda Holt Photo

 Possibly my favorite show room in all of High Point was this teal and red room for Hickory Chair by Alexa Hampton.

red and turquoise for C R laine

C.R. Laine showroom: Photo Linda Holt photo

C.R. Laine    showed vibrant tomato red with aqua. A hot/cool color combination I have always loved.

Wesley Hall Showroom: Photo Linda Holt

Wesley Hall paired red with charcoal and creamy white for this fresh looking showroom with fabrics from Tilton Fenwick.

C R Laine showroom: Linda Holt Photo

The above vignette was also at C.R. Laine; Don’t you love that red leather stool and red coral art work paired with the red trellis patterned chair?

Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald for Chaddock: Photo Linda Holt

Mary McDonald used gray and white for her new line for Chaddock Home but look what she used as her accent color! If you look to the left there is the most beautiful red leather and brass side table. That floor by the way was one of my favorite elements of the show.

I have SO MUCH more to share but for now I wanted to spread the news that Red is trending!

What do you think of red? Do you use it in your home?

If you would like help updating your home for Spring or want to incorporate red into your home, give me call!

A Few Fun Color Facts About Red, White, and Blue

In light of the upcoming 4th of July holiday, I thought it would be fun to share some quick, fun facts about the colors Red, White, and Blue.


Red: is the color with the longest wave length and is always the highest arc of the rainbow.


*RED increases respiration rate, raises blood pressure and stimulates us to take immediate action.

*RED is reportedly the very first color a newborn can see.

*Early RED dyes were made by crushing the dried bodies of the Cochineal insect. Seventy thousand insects had to be harvested, dried and              crushed just to produce one pound of red dye.

*Indians of the Amazon colored their lips with RED hot chili peppers for a little added sex appeal.

*If  RED is your favorite color you are extroverted, exciting, energetic and a natural born leader. You bring excitement to the world.  On the flip side,     Red lovers can also be moody, bossy, restless and opinionated.



*The ancient Greeks started the tradition of wearing white wedding dresses but it did not become popular in the US until the 1800’s. Before that brides wore pastel colors.

*Medical professionals started wearing white in the early 1900’s so dirt and grime, which was feared to cause infection, would show better.

*In our culture, white means purity but in many African cultures, white symbolizes death.

*In China, white is the color of mourning and therefore worn to funerals.

*If white is your favorite color you like cleanliness and order. Your home and clothes are immaculate. You tend to be a cautious buyer and a shrewd trader. The negative is that you can be critical and fussy.



*Blue has a calming effect on our bodies and has been shown to slow down our metabolism and heart rate.

* Native Americans in the South West paint the front doors of their adobe houses bright blue to keep the evil spirits away.

*Clairvoyants and Mystics believe that blue light possesses healing qualities.

* Universally, blue is chosen as the favorite color.

*Early use of  Blue paint was so highly prized that laws existed as to what artists were allowed to paint blue…Jesus and Mary’s robes were usually the only accepted uses of the precious color.

*Blue paint was so expensive because it was produced by crushing up the jewel Lapis Lazuli which is primarily found deep in the mountains of Afghanistan.

*If Blue is your favorite color you are trustworthy, responsible and sensitive to the needs of others. You are generally conservative and aspire to harmony, serenity and peace in your day to day life. Because Blue lovers have a highly developed sense of responsibility, they can have issues with perfectionism.

Hope this adds a little knowledge to all the Red, White, and Blue you will be seeing over the next few weeks.

If you want to learn more interesting facts about color I highly recommend the book Colors For Your Every Mood by Leatrice Eiseman. All these fun facts came from her book.

I am off to the Country (north country) and wish you all a happy and safe holiday!


Happy 4th of July!!!



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