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!

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!

A passion for purple…

Does purple scare you?  Most people would say “YES”!  Just recently, we had the privilege to make this vision of violet come to life for one of our clients.  She could not get enough of this bold yet sophisticated color.  If you think “sophisticated” and “purple” don’t belong together, think again.  To accomplish this look, we paired
masculine touches that contrasted the  often- stereotyped “feminine” color. Metallic silvers and dark finishes were our accents of choice.  Bold shapes also added texture and a bit of masculinity.  Although the room is not dripping in these finishes, we used them in small areas of high importance.  Finally, we finished off the room by contrasting the vintage plum paint used on only one of the walls, combined with a pewter grey tone on all the others. Our client couldn’t be more satisfied with the results quoting, “It’s beautiful…I love it!” It’s safe to say this purple room was a pleaser!

 

               

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!

 

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?

              

Up, up, and away.

Charged with the task of creating a modern airplane-themed child’s bedroom, Designs Of The Interior (DOTI) had to hunt down sleek, silver, high-gloss accessories – preferably airplane themed – to complete the fun tangerine and aqua space that we helped design to the client’s wishes. This was no easy feat, considering that most airplane-themed furnishings are vintage, not modern. However, much to the delight of our client, we found this perfect silver jet lamp for the nightstand of her son’s bedroom. She exclaimed:

 “Oh my goodness…it is awesome!!!! … You certainly have a way with finding just the right stuff.”

The lamp fits the theme, the modern look, and, of course, the client’s budget, making everyone happy and excited to see the bedroom when it’s complete and ready to take off.