A new year has started and we leave behind 2010! I think most people are happy to start 2011 and look forward to a better year in general. After surviving all the challenges that were thrown to us last year I think we all have learned, grown and feel a bit stronger. A new year welcomes a sense of opportunity and there seems to be a stronger positive mood in people, business and the economy in general.
In these challenging times its always interesting to see what the world of color is doing as it is a true reflection of our moods, the economy and our social issues. As an ex Color Marketing Group member it is always fun to see the “it” color and the color trends to come that always start with the fabric mills and high fashion which cross over to high end home furnishings and trickle down a couple of years later to mass retail.
These past years we have seen a move away from the frivolous, and what has been in is an Upbeat and realistic mood inspired from all of our hard work and challenging times. Hard work reminds us of Honey Bee’s and our new color “Honey Moon”. This color is patinated and reminiscent of warm, worn leather and a fresh face on yellow. The “it” color for this spring will be “Honeysuckle” with its dynamic reddish pink that allures and engages. This color will put a smile on you and help you face the troubles of everyday with vigor.
Other points of inspiration for spring color this year will be exotic destinations such as Africa, India, Peru and Turkey. In this economy we all want to escape our every day challenges and its trough these exotic colors that we will be transported to a happier mood! This spring we are looking at an unexpected marriage of opposite colors such as warm and cool tones to spice things up. Think Coral Rose, Lavender and Beeswax/Honey Moon. Think of a captivating tropical Blue Curacao with warm colors such as Honeysuckle, Coral Rose or Peapod a fresh yellow –green.
Note that we will also start noticing a transition from the reign of green to blue, as blue inspires tranquility and refreshes our mind just like the ocean! The trans seasonal neutral that will ground all palette’s will be a range of the color silver which you can rely on coordinating everything your heat desires.
Now that you have an insight on what’s going on in the world of color you may want to run and get some of these great new hue’s of color which are already being displayed in your favorite showrooms in pillows, fabrics and rugs. So run out today and support your favorite showrooms in our energetic Design District and don’t forget to stop and enjoy the weather that will put a smile in your face and inspire you as well!
Luis A. Araujo
ASID (American Association of Interior Designers) board member & chair of the International on Turtle Creek Association