It’s a whole new year, so we must have a new favorite color for 2014. Pantone, the reigning king of color forecasting, releases color trend reports twice a year. Their projections heavily influence fashion trends, which show up in Spring and Fall collections. Then we start seeing influences in interior design, graphic design, and product design shortly thereafter. I started to see a lot of jewel tones make appearances in late 2013, so it should be no surprise that they are included with this year’s interior color palette leanings. Pantone’s favorite color for 2014 is “Radiant Orchid”. Many paint companies, having jumped on the band wagon, have recently announced their own “Colors of the Year”. Benjamin Moore followed up with “Breath of Fresh Air”, Dulux with a teal tone cleverly monikered “90GG 19/151”, and Sherwin Williams rounded out the pack with “Exclusive Plum”. Do you see a room in one of these hues in your future?
Hey, guess what! California Home + Design included my loft project in their “Best CH+D Living Rooms of 2013” list. I loved working on that project and it’s really cool that the finished design seems to resonate with people. Every once in a while, a dream job comes along with the perfect mix of ingredients: a great client with vision and trust; an amazing contractor (Clymer Construction) with a fantastic team; talented tradesmen, vendors and craftsmen; and a collaborative attitude that makes the whole experience fun. Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to do something I love for a living. It’s good to be reminded.
I’ve got a thing for graphic elements in rooms and I definitely have a special fondness for the bullseye. There is something about them that sort of draws me in. Whether they are clear graphic forms or abstracted, they look great in contemporary rooms. Using them in interiors is an interesting way to infuse color and form, as well as to add some curves to soften up a typically rectilinear space.