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!

          

Have a taste of the tantalizing twenties.

What with The Great Gatsby coming out in December and the allure of the more glamorous times of the past, it’s no wonder that 1920’s-inspired fashion, jewelry, and interior design is on the upswing.  I know I have an ardent longing for the fabulous parties and unapologetic wealth of the roaring twenties. The 1920’s and subsequent Art Deco movement “look” consisted of elongated shapes (like the feminine silhouette), geometric patterns, metallic embellishments, and an overall subtle extravagance. For inspiration, take a peek at the trailer for the upcoming Gatsby movie, or even the latest runway fashions (as seen above).

    

If you really like the 20’s look, it’s fairly easy to create a whole space that looks like it’s straight out of the twenties. What’s not to love? It’s traditional, with its rich materials like leather, but yet contemporary at the same time, with its clean lines and geometric shapes, both featured in the above dresser and folding accent screen.

Or if you’re a fan of moderation, Art Deco accents and fabrics are varied and easy-to-incorporate. I love the colors on the middle fabric and the uniqueness of the lamp; both would look perfect in a hallway or bathroom.  All these furnishings give your space an exciting and lavish look; it’s no wonder they were called the roaring twenties!

 

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!

  

Do you dig the modern flair?

    

This week, DOTI wanted to work on creating an elegant interior that both you, as well as your husband, can enjoy. For a relaxing, modern living area, we love this Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman in brown leather, for they are as classic as they are comfortable.  This console table is a perfect companion for the Eames chair; a great setup for a flat screen and very masculine and modern with its strong lines and dark wood. Next we wanted to find a rug to give color and overall mood to the room. We found this modern rug from Surya with linear elements in it – although wavy in design, the vertical lines and rectangular shape of the rug fit with the straighter lines of the chair and console table. After that, it was easy to find accessories to complete the look. My favorite one is this cool end table from Global Views; I adore the way its cut and the funky wood! And how about that yellow pillow with its textured fabric…don’t you think that’d make such a statement against the smooth leather? All together, these elements make for a picture perfect family space. What do you think of this modern look? Be sure to let us know!

         

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?

              

To boldly go where no flower has gone before…

BOLD florals always make a BOLD statement wherever they pop up.  Rugs, fabrics, even fashion are full of “flowers on steroids” cropping (ba dum psh) up in the markets and on the runway. I personally love bold florals and can’t wait to use them in my own home in any way I can – they really liven up a wooden floor or solid color frame chair. Indoor-outdoor fabrics are especially popular in these patterns, and for good reason: nothing says relaxing outdoor patio like fun flowers and lush leaves. Just imagine a neutral cotton fabric upholstered chair with a bright orange floral pillow on your backyard porch.  Our vendors have a great many options for selecting a bold floral accent piece – whether it’s rug, chair, or pillow, we’ll help you find the perfect peony print to add a splash of fun to your home interior.

      

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!