Color Inspiration

Color of the Year?

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

The buzz at the beginning of December in the design world is what will the Pantone Color of the Year be? Last year the announcement was Emerald and we all went crazy for it, it was wonderful to have such a rich jewel tone step into the spotlight.

pantone color of the year emerald 2013

In late 2011, we saw Tangerine Tango named Color of the Year for 2012 and subsequently it popped up in so many textiles and home accessories.

tangerine tango color of the year

Here is the history of colors that came before them, ranging from vivid reds and oranges to softer shades of blue and even a neutral.

pantone color of the year history

Some designers have taken a guess at what they think/hope the Color of the Year for 2014 will be, you can read that here. 

What about you? Is it time for a shade of purple? Will it be another red? A lighter version of green? A subdued neutral like we saw in 2006? There were a lot of opinions shared on Facebook yesterday. I’d love to see a paler pink shade like apricot or blush be named, and I’m always a fan of any shade of blue. What about you? What color do you think or hope it will be? 

Follow the Pantone Color of the Year 2014 hashtag on Facebook and #coloroftheyear on Twitter to find out the announcement coming this week!

image sources: pantone / plenty of colour

Decorating with Black

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

It’s the great debate, is black truly a color? From a scientific perspective, to see and define color, you must have light. Artists and designers do consider black a color, however scientists do not because technically black is the absence of all color. When light shines on an object its true hue is revealed by the light bouncing off of it observed by the human eye.

Since color theory is based in human perception, it’s okay for us to refer to black as a “color” for purposes of interior design. Three adjectives come to mind with the discussion of decorating with black: glamorous, sophisticated, timeless. Think of the tuxedo, the grand piano, film noir, and black and white photography.

black and white space bhg

better homes & gardens

I’ve been exploring the obvious colors on the wheel in this continuing Color Series, but it does make sense to include black, white, and gray as a major players because of their impact when making choices in how to decorate homes and spaces. 

When it comes to exteriors, what’s more classic than a glossy black front door and trim? I have a weak spot for black mullions, divided light windows, or French doors, and can’t wait to incorporate them into a future space design.

black gloss front door

black front entry door

black divided light windows

domaine home / traditional home / elle es

  

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