Hello everyone, I’m back from the High Point Design Bloggers tour. It was a fabulous few days and I have so much to share with you! I plan to write several Market trend reports but I always like to start out with my favorite topic, COLOR. This first post is dedicated to what I observed as the 2019 color trends.

Before I get into that though I want to show you our awesome group of bloggers.

Design Bloggers Tour 2018

Here we all are in the Aidan Gray showroom with the world renown Antiques Diva aka Toma. She debuted her new furniture line of “modern” antiques. It is a beautiful collection and I will be highlighting several of her pieces in the coming weeks. Adam Japko is on the far right and he is the mastermind behind this coveted tour. One of the things that stands out about this photo is the cross section of bloggers. We hail from all  over US, we are different ages and we all have different design aesthetics.

I didn’t realize until I came home and was looking over my hundreds of images that the showrooms we visited had the same varied qualities as the bloggers. Some were companies started over a hundred years ago, some were relatively new. Some were traditional, some were modern. They ranged from budget friendly to lux. Being on the tour and visiting such a variety of showrooms was actually a better representation of the 2019 color trends than if I had chosen the show rooms on my own. Since I love color, I tend to gravitate to colorful showrooms so I don’t really get an unbiased view of the color trends.

Since I know all you really care about is seeing the photos, grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy the 2019 color trends from High Point Market from my photos.


Gray walls, light gray or taupe woods and white and cream upholstery was heavily represented again this Fall. This image from Bernhardt is a good example. The taupe colored walls, light wood, white headboard and blue gray pillows makes for a relaxing bedroom.

light wood tones at Bernhardt furniture

E.J. Victor was another showroom that had lot’s of beautiful neutrals.

neutral color at E.J.Victor

This is a look that would go great in our new condo. I know it sounds crazy but I’m actually thinking of using neutrals for the main living space.

Stickley Furniture which makes iconic arts and crafts furniture had lots of neutral vignettes which beautifully showed off their hand crafted solid wood pieces.

Stickley furniture

While touring Universal Furniture we got a glimpse of the new Coastal Living Collection. Within the collection are a variety of light, gray toned case goods like this cabinet.

Universal light gray cabinet

Black and white is still trending and one of my favorite finds was this black and white leather chair from Aidan Gray. This is from the new collection from the Antiques Diva. It reminds me of a black and white cookie…maybe that’s why I like it so much.

black and white chair from the antique diva

You know black and white is here to stay when Ralph Lauren introduces a new black and white china collection. This collection can be found at E.J. Victor

black and white china EJ Victor


Denim Blue

Blue is always a popular color in the High Point show rooms. What changes though year to year is the hue. Last year there was a lot of deep rich Mediterranean blues. This Fall, the hot new hue for Blue is Denim Blue. This vignette was spotted at Norwalk Furniture and has all the blues that I saw trending.

Denim blue color trend

This denim blue sofa was also at Norwalk Furniture. The hidden feature of this sofa is that it’s Crypton. I’ve been on the Crypton band wagon for many years now and pretty much use it in every project. It is stain, odor and moisture resistant performance fabric. Let’s face it, we live a casual life style and fabric that stains or needs to be treated with care, is SO yesteryear!

Blue sofa at Norwalk

Bernhardt who is known for their neutrals had a beautiful denim blue sofa on display.

denim blue sofa at Bernhardt

Denim blue was not limited to fabrics and wall color. Lloyd Flanders showed off their new denim blue, outdoor wicker furniture. I love this piece and now that we have a small patio I think I might just have to have it.

Denim blue Lloyd Flanders

Blog tour sponsor Thibaut paired denim blue with red. The Thibaut showroom is always an explosion of color and pattern and I was so happy they were on the tour this Fall. The other thing about the Thibaut showroom is that they have the most beautiful fresh flowers. I think designers flock to visit them just as much to see the flower displays as to see the new fabrics, furniture and wallpaper!

red and blue at Thibaut


Like blue, green is always a popular color at market. This Fall though it seemed to be even more prevalent than in the past. I saw green sofas and chairs but also green painted case goods. Check out my Instagram  feed to see a couple of beautiful green cabinets. This small cabinet from Modern History was another favorite Market find. The cabinet doors come in multiple colors of grass cloth, either regular grass cloth or vinyl. Wouldn’t this Spring green cabinet look pretty in a small entryway?

green cabinet at Modern History

Dorel Home was a new showroom for me. They specialize in budget friendly multipurpose pieces. Almost all their sofas become beds.The showroom is also full of color and is perfect for dorm rooms, kids rooms or small apartments. One of our blog tour participants shared that he has that green sofa on the right in his apartment.

Green velvet Doral furniture



Light pink or blush is still going strong this Fall. This pink sofa from Cisco Brothers was set up for photography don’t you think? I loved so many of their pieces but I have to say they hit it out of the park with their displays. All the bloggers agreed we could have stayed there all day taking photos.

Pink sofa

Cisco Brothers nailed  the color trend of denim blue and pink.

blush and blue furniture at cisco

Bernhardt showed a more sophisticated and warmer version of pink. This rich blush is starting to shift toward Sherwin Williams color of the year Cavern Clay.

blush chairs at Bernhardt


One trend at Market that could not be missed was the return of leather. I think every showroom we visited had leather furniture and more often than not, the color was caramel. Cisco Brothers showed this sumptuous tufted leather sofa. It was so comfortable and once I sat on it I didn’t want to get up.

Caramel leather sofa

Leather is going to be huge going into 2019 and 95% of the leather I saw was the color caramel. If you think about it, what other color goes great with caramel? Denim Blue! How fabulous is this caramel leather chair from E.J. Victor?

leather caramel chair

Four Hands had several caramel colored leather pieces on the floor and this modern looking track arm sofa was my favorite.

Caramel colored leather sofa


For finishes, gold is still trending above silver, bronze or copper. This black and gold pendant from Hudson Valley Lighting is a stunner. It is from the new Martyn Lawrence Bullard collection.

gold pendant from Hudson Valley

I love this gold wrapped globe pendant, also from Hudson Valley Lighting.

Hudson valley gold pendant

Gold was prevalent not only for lighting finishes but for furniture and accessories as well. This gold embellished two piece coffee table at E.J. Victor was a beautiful statement piece.

gold coffee table at EJ Victor

Also at E. J. Victor was this gold wrapped raffia etarge. Stunning!

gold etarge at E.J. Victor.

This brings me to my last emerging trend color which is


If I had to pick one color that was the “hot new color” at Fall High Point market I would say it was yellow.Bold yellows along with citron yellow were all over market. This World Traveler inspired vignette from Surya was a perfect example.

yellow walls at Surya

Design super star Kelly Wearstler had a whole collection of yellow upholstery at E.J. Victor.

yellow leather chair from E.J. Victor

I spotted this yellow lantern at Hudson valley Lighting.

yellow lantern pendant

This bright yellow chair was at Dorel Home.

yellow velvet chair

I was honestly surprised to see so much yellow and in such a bold hue. Yellow at one time was my favorite color but I have not used it much recently. I am however using citron yellow in my upcoming One Room Challenge. It was very validating to see it all over Market.

So, that’s a wrap for my 2019 color trends from High Point Market. I hope you have enjoyed my photos. I’d LOVE to hear your opinion…especially about the bright yellow. I also hope you’ll check in next week for my first of two Market recap posts. I have so much more to share!

Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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