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!

Welcome to our blog!

Before I start delving into the ever-changing world of interior design trends and statements, let me first welcome you to our new blog for Designs Of The Interior – our DOTI blog, so to speak. DOTI was founded as a small Interior Design studio in 1983 and today is a name that represents specialization in residential design as well as ASID-certified designers and a network of home furnishings manufacturers.

This blog is meant to serve as inspiration to you, dear readers, as our clients and fellow lovers of beautiful things. We are going to work hard to bring you the latest trends, color schemes, interiors, and furniture so that you can be inspired, awed, and more aware of just how varied and amazing the world of home décor and design really is.

Please feel free to comment with your thoughts, questions, or suggestions about the blog– we would love to hear your thoughts on a trend or how you were inspired by a particular post.

Once again, welcome, and enjoy your DOTI blog experience!  Remember, life’s too short to live with ugly stuff!

Michele