It’s official! Pantone has chosen their color of the year for 2014.

“A human being isn’t an orchid, she must draw something from the soil she grows in.”

-Sara Jeannette Duncan

 A home is not only your personal sanctuary but the stage on which you live out some of your most important moments.  It’s where the family grows into their future and your time is spent in joy and reflection. A home is the soil that will feed and support life’s journey that will ultimately end in a flowering bloom you can be proud of.  Bringing us to Pantones color of 2014, that not only promises to bring new growth into your life but also inspiration for the New Year.  Radiant Orchid is everything you love about being bold while upholding the beauty of bringing an Orchid into your living space.  A color well represented by this flower because of its rich, true, color and endless uses and opportunities throughout every room of a house.  From pillows to paint and all the drapes in between Radiant Orchid has unlimited applications, as I have even seen it blossom into jewelry and dresses.   Proudly making this color’s popularity a growing one across all fields of fashion and the perfect tone for freshening up your home this spring!

Sherwin-William’s Color Forecast: Part Two

Curiosity

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the attempt to make the modern smaller and sleeker it was only a matter of time we started exploring the undiscovered hues of the molecular level.  Out of “Curiosity” for the pure, wondrous and bizarre fashion has discovered a fantasy world of color that’s in complete balance with nature and the pressure to be new and unseen. Being referred to as Bio-design this intriguing new outlook demands to leave its fossilized mark in the, what’s what of 2014.

Intrinsic

Hugging the photos of your loved ones and ancestors around your home, “Intrinsic” truly belongs naturally in your living space. Derived from the past to stand as a “forget me not” as we proudly step forward never forgetting our roots.  Earning its colors from traditional dyeing techniques and textures from hand woven memories this collection is all about standing the test of time. All in effort to freshen up the old through preservation of what made us who we are.

Now let us step into the New Year with a Reasoning mind and a Diaphanous Curiosity for the Intrinsic.

Sherwin-William’s Color Forecast: Part One

Color in 2014 will stem from a new elixir of perfection that derives earthy knowledge of organic balance and simplistic duality into a melting pot of science and the bizarre.  Sherwin-Williams has just launched their color forecast and have naturally categorized them into four groups, Reasoned, Diaphanous (Di•aph•a•nous), Curiosity and Intrinsic.

Reasoned

For the mathematical and logical that takes pride in the power of hard science then becoming more “Reasoned” this year just makes good sense. Using tone on tone and geometry as inspiration this collection of shades and shadows stand unmatched in negative spaces.

Diaphanous

 

Diaphanous might be light and translucent, but its lucid delicate qualities are what gives this group its strength in this harshening world. Relating closely to the wind and seemingly defining gravity there’s no question some of the strongest touches come in the softest forms. Transforming the new to fit the evolution of humans so that we want to interact with our world, not our world interrupts ours. Giving everything from electrical devices, colors and textures provide a spiritual relationship not material one with their owner.

Power of art in the home.

Through the ages of time people have always understood the importance of having art in their life. From statues standing in town square to more personal works hanging in their home, art is a key factor in society. Not only is art a great way to record the past but, it also can add that personal human touch to any room of the house.  Easily turning the empty spots above fireplaces and walls into a focus point of conversation, while sharing your home with friends and family.  Whether it’s a painting of old or a new masterpiece, the styles and choices of what fits you and your desired environment are endless. Already have that piece your just absolutely in love with or has been in the family for years? Why not design a room around the art and incorporate everything you like about it into a actual living space. Now the next time you feel like something is missing you will know what, art.

Scarves and drapes.

Standing there clothed from head to toe in the latest fall collection, you find yourself wondering what is missing. A slight chill passes over your neck and the answer is clear, you forgot a scarf.  Placing your cashmere scarf around your neck, there’s this sense of warmth and completion added to your mood. Not only is your outfit well accented, but you’re more comfortable.  Now ask yourself, shouldn’t your home feel the same way?  A sanctuary in which you can enjoy all the beauty and elegance in the world surrounded by the hue of the drapes just like the scarf warmly, hugging your neck.  Portraying that luxurious and custom feel that you enjoy from your favorite shawl and giving it back into your home. Transforming the almost perfect room into an extension of oneself that lets everyone know your home represents you.  So no matter, the gorgeous frame, the finest fabrics find themselves around windows and self. There’s no reason both can’t be exquisite!

Yello’? Can ya hear me?

 

 

Yellow is not a color typically seen all that often in interiors; it’s very bright and attention-grabbing – maybe a little too much for some people. Yet, it’s on the 2013/2014 Color Forecast “Seduction” palette as previously blogged about. That’s probably because good ole classic yellow is on the upswing for its optimistic and creative-thought-inducing qualities.  Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t want a little optimism and creativity in today’s times?

Three shades of yellow appear on the forecasted color palette: a goldenrod, mustard, and a pea green that is very much on the yellow side. While we aren’t really sure about how “seductive” these tones are, they are most certainly rich and bold and will add life to whatever space they appear in. These colors are perfect when paired with whites, like in the interior shot above, or grays, as is trendy with current interiors. A low-saturation goldenrod paint in a small room would be a non-overwhelming facelift to brighten a dull interior. Or, even adding just a lamp and a rug, like the ones we found below, can make a room look fresh, young, and inviting. So maybe yellow and green are only “seductive” in that they’re happy and bright, but even so we are excited to see what 2013 brings us for these colors.

           

2013 will be oh-so-sensual!

We at DOTI previously blogged that Tangerine Tango is Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year, and that it isn’t going away any time soon, if the Color Association of the United State’s 2013-2014 Color Forecast is any indication. However, this is far from being the only hue on the color trend horizon. But the other colors forecasted by the CAUS are, on the whole, significantly softer and more sensual; in fact the “theme” of the color forecast is – get ready for it – seduction. “Grounded” grays, “cosmic” purples, and “Eden”-like greens are among the selection of up-and-coming colors for 2013 and beyond. Looking at the palette, you can see that gray-based hues are very popular. This gives interiors a subdued sensuality that is obviously popular among architects and designers, and even fits well among the aforementioned 1920s décor trend for furniture and furnishings.

This gorgeous pink and purple are two of my favorite among the forecasted palette. They’re romantic and sophisticated, and provide a great starting point for a seductive color scheme. They are great when judicially paired with each other, with neutrals like the beige swatch below them, or even with one of those “Eden” –like greens mentioned earlier. A living room like this one with these colors and elaborate furnishings is classic, feminine, and beautiful.  Not to mention, since these colors aren’t too bright, it’s easier to use several splashes of it within your space, if colored furnishings are more your style. Look at what we found already in our catalogues in these 2013-trendy colors!

          

Take a tango with tangerine!

Is a neutral palette too tame for your taste? Then you will love the new 2012 Pantone Color of the Year, 17-143 TCX. And although you may think “Hey! 2012 is almost over; I don’t want an outdated color in my home!”,we at DOTI encourage you to think again – this cheery orange hue isn’t going anywhere. In fact, the Color Association of theUnited States has a few shades of orange listed on their Color Forecast for 2013, many of them are very close to this tangy hue. Tangerine is popular in both interiors as well as fashion because its brings together the vivaciousness and energy of red with the friendliness of yellow. Of course, being a bright color, it cannot be overdone, so doing an entire room in tangerine would probably be a little overwhleming. But as an accesorry, accent, or major focal point, this color is perfect. Make sure to look for he right balance of orange and pink – too pink you get into the corals, and too orange you get into the burnt, fake-tan color territory. If you want to brighten up your kitchen, energize your office or perk up your living room, take a look at these tangerine colored products we found from our vendors for inspiration. Tangerine pairs great with neutrals as well as other bright colors.  Try it in something small first to see how you like it…beware, this color will be your new favorite in no time!

  

And the litmus test says…neutral.

Gray, beige, white, cream – you know these colors well. They are everywhere, and look good with almost anything, because of their wonderful neutral nature.  In interiors, monochromatic color schemes take on a myriad of different forms and are easily one of the most beautiful solutions for an elegant living space. For example, in the interior to the left, the contemporary patterns on the rug, ottomans, and pillows add flare and visual interest to what would otherwise be just a ho hum neutral interior. Even the textured wallpaper – as opposed to just a flat paint color – gives greater depth and beauty to the space. The gold base on the cocktail table really ties the warmth of the entire room together.

     

We found similar furniture and accessories from DOTI’s vendors, and these are definitely not the only beautiful neutrals that we have to offer! I really like this flowery neutral Villa Romo fabric (bottom right) for either pillows or upholstery. Not to mention, the gray leather on the Klismos chair (bottom left) is unique as well as stunning. What sort of neutral spin can YOU think of?

              

Why the gray face?

One of my most requested color combinations today in homes I design for is green and gray. Sophisticated yet fun, it’s easily applicable to anywhere in the home. Perhaps one of my favorite ways to uniquely incorporate gray and green is a gray sofa with light green accessories and/or wallpaper. Gray fabrics have an understated beauty to them and go with a variety of different floor and wall treatments. A vibrant green pattern on the wall or pillows makes the gray stand out even more, and green accessories like plants or vases add delightful splashes of color while still looking elegant overall.

It’s also easy to modernize a living or family room with green and gray. I love this ruffled lime green pillow, which combines two of today’s hottest trends (ruffles are in!). In addition, these traditional chairs with a slight green twist are fun to pair with overstuffed furniture for a cool contrast. Finally, add in this warm gray rug for a furniture anchor and it’s easy to take your designing and imagination from there.

What do you think about this color combo? Love it or hate it, leave a comment and let me know!