Looking Ahead to Spring 2015 Color Trends

A Fresh Palette of Color Trends for the New Year

MarsalaEach year we look forward to a new set of emerging colors to guide fashion, accessories and home decor. This year we have been reveling in a vivid and inspiring palette, dominated by the Pantone 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid. Looking ahead to Spring 2015, when the runways light up with fresh trends and fun themes for the year ahead, we see a palette of softer shades on the horizon. The color of the Year for 2015 has been declared Marsala, named for the rich Italian wine. The hue is warm and comforting, with earthy undertones of red wine. It is elegant, tasteful, and translates well to a wide array of sophisticated accents for the home, design and fashion textiles. Learn more about this grounded and welcoming hue from the Pantone color experts themselves.

Have you ever wondered “who picks these colors, anyways? What gives them the right to declare the hottest colors of the future?” Well, its a fair question, but it is amazing how the true color experts have made color trend prediction into a science. They study design movements from around the globe and work with groups of talented and creative thought leaders to come up with a surprisingly accurate picture of emerging color patterns. Here is the rest of the Pantone palette, followed by the predictions from the Trend Theme committee at Heimtextil 2015. Note the consistency of soft, natural hues with attractive neutrals and the same rich blue – and of course marsala! Coincidence? We think not.

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The palette is influenced by layered vegetable dyes for new natural shades and the refreshing simplicity of stepping outside into “plain air”. These speak to an escape from the stress of overly-complex, hyper connected technology of modern life. Soft hues soothe the mind and create a sanctuary. Many of the colors are named for whole foods, like strawberry,and toasted almond.

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Introducing Alhambra

A New Global Chic Wallpaper Collection by Kenneth James

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This handsome, black paisley wallpaper adds a beautiful eclectic feel to this chic living room design

Cultured, exquisite and timeless! Filled with luxe medallions, elegant paisleys, sweeping damasks, scrolls, ornate stripes and more, this new, well-traveled collection by Kenneth James, brings the mysteries of abroad home to savor and enjoy. The exquisite patterns take you on a thrilling adventure of rare beauty, striking detail and refined taste. We’re excited to reveal this radiant selection of designs that truly make Alhambra a timeless masterpiece.

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A dazzling sight to behold, this glistening damask design in both gold and burgundy from the Alhambra collection, features a stunning metallic finish.

With a wealth of metallic accents including gold, copper and silver, combined with chic greys, warm neutrals and a pop of blue and aquamarine, these inspirational designs have a rich ethnic spirit that truly transforms the look of your walls.

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Full of old world inspiration with a fresh twist for today’s trends, this rich collection of designs is full of enduring style

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Cordova Taupe Medallion wallcovering via the Alhambra collection

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A chic quatrefoil wall paper donned in a sparkling golden sheen – Palace Beige Quatrefoil from the Alhambra collection

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This bohemian floral wallcovering has a chic and stylish finish made with foil accents and a decadent shimmer

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Bring a stylish designer look to walls with the Darro Gold Global Paisley wallpaper

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This breathtaking view of stylish bronze medallions atop an aqua landscape, makes a chic statement in any room

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Mexuar Copper Filigree Stripe wallpaper via the new Alhambra collection by Kenneth James

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Inspired Spaces: Watercolor Décor

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Watercolor Mural done by Black Crow Studios

There is something so dreamy about watercolor in décor. Free spirited and effortless, this glorious design technique has the ability to bring a handcrafted look to a variety of pieces that include both fashion and home décor. Making its debut as an art form during the Renaissance, the watercolor trend has truly come a long way since.

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Even a soft touch of watercolor as seen in this duvet cover by Anthropologie, adds an enchanted allure to this simple bedroom look

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Watercolor motifs have easily weaved their way from the walls to the ceilings, as well as into a variety of décor accents such as pillows, tableware, rugs and bedding. With the ability to give your space instant character, pale soft tones tend to bring a more romantic vibe, while brighter, more vivid tones add a punch of flavor!

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Whimsical and soft, these pale watercolor statements are effortlessly romantic in décor. Images from left to right: Poesie Wall Mural via Brewster Home Fashions, Floral Paisley Wall Mural by Eijffinger, Painting via Pinterest, Rug via West Elm, Bowls via Pinterest and Watercolor Ceiling via Viva Full House Blog

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Add brilliant detail to décor with a colorful and vivid watercolor print! Images from left to right: Print via Apartment Therapy, Passion Wall Mural via Brewster Home Fashions, Watercolor Painting & Curtains via Pinterest

With the ability to be used in so many different ways, whether you chose to accessorize, paint, wallpaper or accent, have fun incorporating this poetic look into your home.

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Making the Fall Style Transition with Our Friends from Julep!

Recently, we had the chance to work with our friends from Julep to design a style board around our favorite shade from their fall nail polish collection. With so many colors to choose from, we decided why just choose one color when we had 2 obvious winners? So, we decided to create two boards to show you what color trends we are into this fall and how they can easily transition from home décor to beauty and even to fashion. One look is a little soft while the other is totally glam! We’ll leave it up to you to decide which look takes the prize!

Fall Decorating Ideas

Elegant damask wallpaper, Chloe flats, a pale pink eye shadow by NARS and an effortless floor length silk skirt, makes “Clara” an easy color addition to both our fall wardrobe as well as our home décor.

 

Clara: This pretty beige/pink hue is romantic and soft and can easily weave its way from your wardrobe into your home. “Maddy” being one of our favorite summer shades made this an easy pick!

 

Fall Decorating Ideas

From a gorgeous Anthropologie coat we’ve had our eye on, to a fabulous bohemian scarf from ModCloth, it wasn’t hard for us to make the autumn shift from “Florence” a pretty mauve, to “Alaina” a stylish grey statement.

Alaina: Chic and sophisticated, this grey/purple hue is both glamorous and enchanting. With an irresistible vibe that can both stand out or lay at bay, this stylish hue will easily remain a fall staple!

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Color and Home Decor Trends from Maison et Objet

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This September, the theme at Maison et Objet was Sharing. This uplifting theme explores the new ways that we grow as a creative community, networking and collaborating through the generous share and like icons of the digital age. We love this positive perspective on how our modern lives can benefit from the social tools of the digital world. As always, the designs at this Paris show wowed with a global mix of gorgeous colors, textures, styles, inspirations and innovations.

Organic Wood: Wood has always been a building staple, it is truly a timeless material. However, trends of the day reveal their tendencies in the finish of the wood, whether it is painted, stained, dark, rustic, or glossy. This year natural and unfinished wood, especially in light colors, as well as distressed and vintage wood looks dominated decor exhibits at Maison.

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Heavy Metal and Warm Copper: Gleaming metals were adding an embellished brilliance to furniture, walls, objets d’art, lighting and tableware. Bronze and copper were especially prominent, bringing a burnished tawny glow to all sorts of lovely items. We have observed copper hues trending for a few seasons now, and the movement has continued to grow with luminous success.

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Typography & Words: An important theme, one focused on by Maison et Objet themselves, is the notion of letters and words as art. “Writing is becoming a pictorial object that is filling spaces, surfaces and materials. Graphic and typographic effects are writing a feast of words that communicates with poetry and meaning and revives our social bonds” -Elizabeth Leriche This creative expression in the face of advancing digital lives can be seen in typography, and hand-written words as prints and artistic embellishments.

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Color Spirit: The colors that captivated designers this year included an abundance of pretty midtone pastels with pops of bright accents like chartreuse. Blue and white were also especially prominent. Shibori indigo, delft porcelain blue, and vivid cobalt paired with crisp whites added a fresh yet classic contrast to walls, textiles, ceramics, accessories and floors.

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Industrial Chic: Playing on the popularity of upcycling and DIY decor, distressed textures and factory inspired items were mixed in with gorgeous designs for a gritty-chic edge. Packing crates and practical items, like lockers, tools, and exposed light bulbs were found in unexpected design layouts for a touch of rebellion against convention. The items were often embellished with a fresh coat of paint or a metallic touch, accenting their raw industrial forms with a splashy detail. The winner of the Maison et Objet designer of the Year, in fact, was Tom Dixon, an industrial designer rose to fame with welded salvage furniture and “instantaneous factory” inspired designs.

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Tom Dixon, winner of the Maison et Objet Designer of the Year

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Autumn Home Décor: 5 Ways to Warm up Your Space!

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It’s officially the fall season, the season where warm knits, tall leather boots, cozy scarves and a pumpkin latte in your hand is on trend and stylish. We easily change up our wardrobe with the passing of seasons, so why shouldn’t it be the same for our home décor? Don’t think you have to totally rearrange the look of your room, instead think of it as adding on some layers. Just like layering our wardrobe, we can easily layer in some key pieces to our décor that will bring a little autumn home to stay. Today, we’ve pulled together our top 5 fall home decorating ideas for you to not only spice up your interior but bring some warmth to any area in your apartment or home.

 

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Images via Pinterest, Remodelista & Lauren Conrad

1. Layer in Soft Textures

Adding a collection of cozy pillows to furniture or a soft blanket or throw to the back of your couch or chair, will give you a warm place to cuddle up and enjoy those cold fall nights.

 

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2. Decorate with Area Rugs

Get creative with your area rugs! Layer them on top of each other or even over wall to wall carpet. They will not only help to keep your feet warm during the colder months, but they will also help to bring warmth to your home décor.

 

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3. Add a Touch of Autumn Flavor

Add in splashes of fresh autumn accents such as leaves, berries, pumpkins and apples, to make the rich, earthy colors of fall come alive in your room.

 

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4. Switch up Your Bedding

Switch your summer duvet cover to a warm quilt, or change your cotton sheets to flannel. Even adding a textured throw over top of your existing comforter, will add a nice cozy touch to your bedroom space.

 

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5. Bring in Candlelight

Adding in soft lighting will make your home feel warm and inviting. Place candles around your room to easily transition from daylight to the soft glow of a candle.

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Fall Color Report: Warm Cognac

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Walls to couches, skirts, coats and headboards, cognac adds a warm energy to fashion as well as home décor (images from top left: Pantone.com, Pottery Barn, Brewster Home Fashions, Milk Magazine, Pinterest & Style.com)

Where brown is seen as dull, cognac is seen as glamorous! This warm, classy hue brings to mind autumnal bliss, where colorful leaves, cozy knits and days spent by the fire all lay at the forefront of our minds. So it’s no surprise that this toasty shade, reminding us of not only a steaming cup of coffee but our favorite pair of leather boots, has won a place on the Fall 2014 Pantone Fashion Color Report.

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A perfect pair to so many colors, you might even call it a neutral! It has the ability to make black seem not so harsh, while also being able to bring out the true beauty of a vibrant red without making it too overbearing (as seen above). There are not many colors you can truly say this about, that can work so fluently alongside others while also being able to stand alone brilliantly!

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Images via Houzz, Pinterest & Brewster Home Fashions

What is seen in fashion can also transition over to the home décor market. From warm leather sofas, stand out headboards, vintage accessories and cultured brown walls, cognac creates an interior that is stylish and chic as well as pleasant and enjoyable to live in. Whether it is the main focus of a room or subtle addition, adding in touch of this feel-good color provides your home with a comfortable living space.

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Beautiful pairings with white, pink and black accents (images via Houzz, Rue Magazine & Pinterest)

The beauty of Cognac, is that it seems to break all the rules. It not only compliments black, but it looks great with white, even better with color, and yes, it even looks fabulous on its own! This is definitely one color we can get used to!

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Decorating Ideas to Bring a Touch of Autumn to your Home

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If you’ve ever experienced New England in the Fall, you know the vibrant beauty that seems to suddenly appear out of nowhere, transforming busy highways and cottages by the sea into picturesque scenes of color. From gold toned leaves to the comfort of a fireplace to crisp cool nights spent in cozy sweaters, these are the things that make Autumn one of our favorite seasons. So why not invite some of the warmth and magic of the harvest season into your own home? With autumnal colors and natural accents, to decorative pumpkins and more, adding a touch of fall flavor to décor is very simple to achieve.

Bring Nature Indoors

The heart of Autumn decorating stems from the beauty of nature. From pine cones and berries to acorns, pumpkins and leaves, creating a gorgeous wreath or a rustic centerpiece out of natural details is an easy and stylish fall addition.

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Cozy Accents

Layering your room in a variety of cozy throws and blankets adds both warmth and texture to décor, fashioning a comfortable fall escape for you to enjoy on those chilly days and nights.

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Decorative Pumpkins

It’s not about the plain orange pumpkins anymore! Painted and glittered, golden and shiny, pumpkins have come a long way and can be both a chic and stylish fall accessory to home décor.

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Shades of Autumn

Rich browns, brick reds, burnt oranges and golden yellows all lend their part in creating an Autumn inspired atmosphere. Decorative pillows or kitchen linens are a great way to add in unexpected pops of these toasty shades.

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DIY Project: Wallpaper on Stair Risers!

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From black and white prints to the more vibrant and colorful, adding a beautiful pattern to stair risers is an easy way to bring stylish detail to the interior of your home. With numerous ways to express your own individual design style, this is the perfect time to allow those creative juices to flow! Whether you choose a pretty floral print for a more romantic and girly feel or instead opt for a chic geometric for that dash of modern flavor, this simple DIY project will truly make a statement in your home as well impress those around you by showing off your artistic talents!

Project Tools:

  • 1 roll of wallpaper prepasted or unpasted (2 rolls+ if you are looking to alternate designs as seen in the picture above)
  • 1 can of acrylic wallcovering primer
  • 1 can of wallpaper paste/adhesive (if using unpasted wallpaper)
  • 1 quart of matte gloss or gloss clear acrylic
  • Household cleaner & sponge
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Wallpaper sponge/brush
  • Smoothing tool
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Before & After: Bare white stairs transformed into a lovely new décor statement

Project Directions:

  1. With your ruler, measure each stair riser separately as each stair could vary in size.
  2. Using your pencil, trace out each measurement on the back of your wallpaper and cut to size with a pair of scissors (read the wallpaper label to determine the exact pattern repeat, to ensure that each sheet remains proportional to one another).
  3. Next, wash your steps to make sure they are free of any dust or debris.
  4. Apply a thin coat of primer to each stair riser and let dry. This helps the wallpaper stick to the surface better as well as makes it easier to remove later.
  5. If you are using an unpasted wallpaper, apply a thin coat of paste to each stair. Next, press the wallpaper onto each stair riser and even into place with a smoothing tool. If you are using a prepasted wallpaper, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on the correct booking time, and then use the same steps from above to apply.
  6. Wait until the wallpaper has completely dried, while making sure to wipe away any excess paste with a sponge.
  7. Lastly, apply a thin coat of glaze to protect your stairs from future wear and tear.

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Polishing the Perfect Wall: Why You Should Bring Your Favorite Summer Nail Shades to Walls

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The Tom Ford Summer Collection is a perfect match to this modern wallpaper that fuses a vibrant red, soft orange and warm beige for a sizzling brilliance on walls.

Most of us wait all year for those first signs of summer…warmth, sunshine, long beach days, colorful sunsets and updating ones wardrobe from drab winter tones to fresh, happy shades, including switching out that dark nail tone for a more vivid alternative. So why not do the same with your décor?

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A bright pink and orange shade as seen in the Essie Summer Collection, matched with its ivory and grey counterparts, make these energetic colors appear light and airy on walls.

If you’re afraid of adding to much color, or worried about how these electrifying shades will actually appear on walls, consider creating a feature wall as an alternative. This gives you the freedom to pick a bold design while making sure your room doesn’t appear too busy or chaotic.

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Consider pairing a fearless red with a coppery orange as seen in Butter London’s collection, for a wonderful mix of color and sass.

Dior’s colors of summer bring a cool vibe to your space that is filled with ocean blues, sea glass greens and a fresh pop of pink. If you’re looking to create a relaxing retreat that soothes and inspires, this pretty palette does just the trick.

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Dior’s colors of summer

From pastel pinks to a punch of peach to a lush grassy green, Zoya’s summer shades invigorate décor in tones that are calm and friendly. With a dash of contemporary flavor, this rich collection will bring effortless detail to walls.

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Perfectly mastered, Zoya’s six dazzling shades are ideal for any wall in your home

You may not have thought that polishing nails and polishing walls in the same hue would ever be something you would consider, however just like the changing of seasons, refreshing décor in a warm summer palette can easily change the mood of your room from bleak to vibrant and boring to magical!

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Nicole by OPI has polished the perfect red and pink combo that will bring a dash of romance to walls as seen in this pretty floral wallpaper

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