Why color is so important part 01

Photo by Erika Bierman for ASD Interiors

I’m going to have a little bit of a rant here because this is something that has affected the design community for a long time and I think as designers we are all secretly thinking the same thing but I don’t know that our clients understand how we feel about it. I’m talking about the lack of color in the marketplace that is being dished out to everyone! We deal with this all the time because on a weekly basis we get clients telling us “I love the Restoration Hardware look”. So I’m just going to put this out there into the world. As a designer that is the WORST thing for me to hear. OK I said it – I feel better now!! It’s almost as bad as saying they want a big puffy reclining chair in the formal living room. I want to be clear that I am not knocking down that company at all. I think they have a great business model, nice products, and their customer service is fantastic. But from my perspective and as a professional color expert (yes I just called myself an expert) the majority of their stuff is totally void of color. I am a firm believer that the root of awesome design mimics nature, and I’m sorry but I don’t recall ever seeing nature totally void of color. I truly believe that color is something which brings life, energy, and togetherness in a space. This could be light muted color, or loud bold color. Either way, I feel like we all need it in our lives.

I’ll tell you a short story as a designer. A few years ago I bought my first house and it was my goal to put my “stamp” on this house by using color. I think my husband thought I totally lost my mind, but every room had a strong color and/or pattern. I think I used 4 different wallpapers, painted the baseboards a contrasting color, wallpapered a ceiling etc. When we sold this house, it went for $200k above the comps in the area because it was a gem! It was unlike anything in the market especially in that area. The next house we did however had a slightly different experience. We decided to go all black, white, and grey. A typically and popular palette for the current market in a more contemporary home. We added a bunch of specialty details and did simple clean elements. However, even though the house was bigger and in a nicer area, it didn’t end up having that “Gem” quality and I strongly believe its because it lacks color!

I know that taste is subjective, I get it, and I live that reality every day, but no matter what your taste preference is, I still can’t justify a space that is void of color. So who is with me to make a pact to stop eating the bland food that is dished out and to demand color! Would love to hear your thoughts! 

Photo by Erika Bierman for ASD Interiors



Women in Interior Design

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Each year, the November issue of Elle Decor recognizes the top women in the field of design. Ranging from interior designer to clothing designer, each woman was chosen because they have influenced the way we live today. This year’s lucky women include: Diane von Furstenberg (clothing designer), Deborah Berke (architect), Sheila Bridges (interior decorator), Ann Gish (designer of luxury home items), and Victoria Hagan (interior designer).

Although varying careers, all five women share common design theories and opinions. Reading each interview, it becomes clear that the design world today is focused on practicality, simplicity, and comfort. Younger generations are also maintaining a strong focus on green materials and incorporating these items into their daily life. Ultimately though, most people today are trying to the find the ideal sense of balance when it comes to design. A few of the featured designers use nature as the perfect example of all parts and pieces working in flawless harmony. No matter what style, the best design will always be one of a balanced union of all pieces of the whole.

Here is a closer look at the women featured this year:

1. Diane von Furstenberg

Full interview may be found at:

2. Deborah Berke

Full interview may be found at: http://www.elledecor.com/decorating/articles/women-design-deborah-berke

3. Sheila Bridges

Full interview may be found at: http://www.elledecor.com/decorating/articles/women-design-sheila-bridges

4. Ann Gish

Full interview may be found at: http://www.elledecor.com/decorating/articles/women-design-ann-gish

5. Victoria Hagan

Full interview may be found at: http://www.elledecor.com/decorating/articles/women-design-victoria-hagan

**All photos courtesy of ElleDecor.com