COLOR, DESIGN… AND MORE COLOR…

Submitted By:  Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID, CMG

3986748249_500dc28010Just in case you missed the latest post on WFCA.org “Designer’s Corner”, you might want to check out the article on “What’s Cooking in Kitchen & Bath Trends…PLUS COLOR”. It’s the “PLUS COLOR” part of that article that ties nicely into the subject of this blog.  Twelve stunning new colors for 2010 were introduced in that article—all will come into their own for home interiors over the next year. These rising stars on the color scene were all based on my on-going research and work with Color Marketing Group International. (CMG is the premier color-forecasting group in the United States. As a not-for-profit organization, color trend predictions are unbiased, sector-specific, quite accurate, and highly valued.)  Each member analyzes the raw data that comes out of CMG conferences and customizes it to their particular product line and market.  In my case—home interiors! 

3986749897_a0dc7d946fOne of the new color introductions included in that published forecast was Violet Satin.  This color was strongly influenced by the technology sector and is reflective of combining stainless steel with the softer side of purple.  The fashion industry absolutely loves it, and so do home interiors.  It’s a transitional color that we will see working effortlessly in everything from carpet and fabrics, to hard surface applications.  Consider that the 2010 color predictions for home interiors were decided early in 2008, and validation of these colors is now emerging—in a big way. Evidence of that was seen at the recent Cersaie Tile Show in Italy.  Sphere Trending, a respected international trend spotting company, highlighted this show in their recent newsletter.  In their own words: 

3986752291_f4c87c8219“As always, the tile and bath installations at Cersaie were simply stunning this year. Continuing in importance, as a softer statement in design, was the influence of inspirations from nature. Birds and butterflies came to life, subtle floral motifs took shape and shadowy trees, branches and leaves became an elegant statement.”

The link to Sphere Trending’s slide show is below (Lovely in Lavender). Be sure to click on ‘slide show’ in upper right of their page to see these images full-screen.  Enjoy this color-rich visual walk through of the exhibits at Cersaie, and watch as Violet Satin comes alive in some stunning and surprising applications.  This color is a blossoming winner already making international headlines, as you will see.

 

Lovely in Lavender from Cersaie 2009Posted: 06 Oct 2009 08:17 AM PDTFor more tile and bath inspiration from the Cersaie Tile and Bath Show, our Flickr Photostream has a recently updated “Lovely in Lavender” collection. This soft and gentle hue was a key color for elegantly ethereal tile and bathroom design this season. Gorgeous!