Color Trends for 2007

In doing some research, I wanted to learn about where Interiors is headed in terms of Color Trends for 2007. Up and coming color combinations are going to lean towards ‘warming the soul.’ Themes of comfort, nature and spices will form series of colors that can either be used as a subtle backdrop or can be blended to create deep contrasts within the home.

Comfortable Colors include neutral colors inspired by some of our favorite soul foods; cinnamon brown, cocoa, wheat, biscuit, and pumpkin orange will be that subtle backdrop and warm cozy color palette.

Natural Colors include soft yellows, clean blues and greens, and organic browns. This color palette is fresh and bright. It can maintain a calm and muted feel or it can be dramatized using brighter hues.

Contrasting dramatic colors will include rich hues of purples, plums, combined with black and white. These colors are bold and spicy and may be incorporated in accent walls, accessories or finishes.

As Interior Design pushes forward into 2007 more of these colors will be incorporated throughout design. I believe that much of this years palette of color schemes is inspired by the “quest for organic and Eco-friendly” materials and processes. The idea of sustainable, recycled, and environmentally friendly design is becoming one of the bigest trends for 2007 and the color schemes just contribute to that.

MY ECO-FRIENDLY QUEST!

LIVING HOMES IS A COMPANY THAT WAS CREATED BY STEVE GLENN, A DEVELOPER WHO HAS DEVELOPED A LINE OF HOMES THAT ARE OF MODERN DESIGN AND USE “AN UNPRECEDENTED LEVEL OF HEALTHY/ SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS AND ENERGY SYSTEMS.” LEADING ARCHITECTS LIKE DAVID HERTZ AND RAY KAPPE HAVE TEAMED UP WITH STEVE TO CREATE LIVING HOME’S FIRST PRE-FABRICATED HOMES.

AS I CONTINUE MY QUEST FOR FINDING ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS, I FOUND THE “LIVING HOMES” WEBSITE TO BE VERY EDUCATIONAL AND VISUALLY INSPIRING AS WELL. TOURS OF THE HOMES ARE OFFERED THROUGH THE WEBSITE AND ALLOW YOU TO LEARN ABOUT EACH MATERIAL THAT IS USED TO CONSTRUCT THESE MAGNIFICENT HOMES. ALONG WITH THE TYPE OF ECO-FRIENDLY MATERIAL, “LIVING HOMES” GIVE YOU THE MANUFACTURER OF WHERE THAT SUSTAINABLE SOURCE CAME FROM. THIS IS A GREAT TOOL TO HELP OTHERS, SUCH AS MYSELF, LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO FIND AND USE ECO-FRIENDLY MATERIALS. I HOPE THAT YOU ALL CHECK IT OUT. IF ANYTHING, IT IS JUST A GREAT SPACE; WELL CONSTRUCTED, WELL DESIGNED AND HEALTHY!

LIVING HOMES: WWW.LIVINGHOMES.NET

ADDING COLOR WITHOUT PAINTING!

OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH A CLIENT WHO WOULD LIKE TO KEEP HER EXISTING PAINT COLOR (A VERY LIGHT CREAM), BUT WOULD LIKE TO ADD COLOR AND STYLE TO HER LIVING ROOM AND DINING ROOM. AS SOMEONE WHO LOVES PAINT AND THE NUMEROUS EFFECTS AND MOODS YOU CAN CREATE USING PAINT, I FOUND MYSELF HAVING TO FIND OTHER WAYS TO BRING COLOR IN. MANY PEOPLE HAVE APARTMENTS WHERE PAINTING THE WALLS SEEMS POINTLESS BECAUSE YOU EITHER SIMPLY AREN’T ALLOWED TO MAKE CHANGES, OR YOU HAVE TO PAINT IT BACK WHEN YOU MOVE.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS ON HOW TO ADD COLOR AND STYLE TO YOUR SPACE WITHOUT CHANGING THE PAINT!
1) CHOOSE AN ACCENT WALL AND HANG A SERIES OF DECORATIVE PIECES. WHETHER IT’S ABSTRACT, BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY OR EVEN JUST A SERIES OF PIECES THAT YOU ENJOY. THIS IMMEDIATELY CREATES A FOCAL POINT FOR THE ROOM, IT COVERS UP THOSE WHITE WALLS, AND YOU HAVE INSTANTLY ADDED COLOR TO YOUR SPACE.
2) MIX IT UP! INSTEAD OF CHOOSING ONE PARTICULAR WOOD FINISH, OR STYLE, MIX IT UP. USE A LIGHT, NATURAL FINISH NEXT TO A MEDIUM TO DARK. CHOOSE UNIQUE GRAINED FURNITURE SUCH AS ZEBRA WOOD OR BAMBOO. THIS IS GOING TO ADD A VERY ECLECTIC BLEND TO YOUR SPACE AND WILL ALSO CHANGE UP THE TONES AND VALUES TO THE SPACE.
3) DON’T STOP AT FINISHES, CONTINUE THROUGH FABRIC AND UPHOLSTERY. YOU CAN DEFINITELY MIX DIFFERENT FABRICS TOGETHER SUCH AS USING SILK ACCENT PILLOWS AND AN ULTRA-SUEDE SOFA UPHOLSTERY, THROUGH IN PRINTED WINDOW TREATMENTS, OR A GEOMETRIC AREA RUG. THIS ADDS TEXTURE TO THE ROOM WHICH CONTRIBUTES TO COLOR AND AESTHETICS.
4) LASTLY, ADD ACCESSORIES. USE CANDLES TO SHINE AGAINST DIFFERENT PIECES TO CREATE GLOW AND AMBIENCE WITHIN THE SPACE. CHOOSE A BRIGHT VASE, SERIES OF BOOKS, OR EVEN PLANTS!

THE IDEA OF THESE TIPS IS TO LET YOU KNOW THAT IF YOU’RE SCARED OF BRINGING COLOR IN THROUGH PAINT, OR IF IT IS DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO CHANGE THE PAINT WHERE YOU LIVE; DON’T THINK THAT THERE ARE NOT WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOME LOOK AND FEEL LIKE THAT OF A DESIGNERS’! HAPPY DESIGNING!

The Eco-Friendly Quest!

IN INTERIOR DESIGN THE QUEST FOR ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS AND RESOURCES IS BECOMING AN EVOLVING TREND. RECENTLY I HAVE VENTURED DOWN THIS PATH TOO IN EXPANDING MY KNOWLEDGE IN THE FIELD OF “GREEN DESIGN.” WITH THAT SAID, THE MOST RECENT COMPANY I WAS INTRODUCED TO IS “COMMITED TO DELIVERING NATURAL ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.” ECO-DOMO LLS BEGAN IN 2005 IN RESPONSE TO THE HIGH DEMAND FOR ECOLOGICAL AND RENEWABLE PRODUCTS. ONE PRODUCT THAT I FOUND PARTICULARLY EXCITING WAS ECO-DOMO’S LEATHER TILES. THE REASON WHY I FOUND THIS FASCINATING IS BECAUSE USING LEATHER IS BECOMING A POPULAR TREND FOR FLOOR AND WALL COVERINGS IN ADDITION TO UPHOLSTERY. IT IS GOOD TO SEE THAT DESIGN TRENDS CAN BE APPLIED IN AN ECONOMICALLY FRIENDLY WAY. THESE LEATHER TILES ARE MADE FROM NATURAL PRODUCTS AND ARE HARVESTED IN WAYS THAT ARE COMPLETELY NATURAL AND CONTRIBUTE TO REDUCE LANDFILLS. LEATHER TILES COME IN A VARIETY OF TEXTURES AND COLORS THAT YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT. YOU CAN VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT WWW.ECODOMO.COM.

AS MY QUEST FOR MORE ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS AND RESOURCES CONTINUES I WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED!