Monday, April 1, 2013

Design Trends for 2013 (Part 2)

Color Inspiration: Green

Pantone® has named Emerald as the Color of the Year for 2013 in their Fashion Color Report for Spring 2013.

That doesn't mean you can only use that one color. There are hundreds of shades of green, so finding one that suits your lifestyle and decor shouldn't be a challenge.

Think outside the typical green box and experiment with variations of shades of greens like bright spring greens or olive tones, and blue-greens or teal.

ELLE DECOR® asked five designers what they loved about green.
Here are a few of their answers. For all five designer’s answers, see the article, “Color Code: Green”.

ELLE DECOR - Color Code: Green - Designer Bunny Williams Bunny Williams
“Mossy greens and unusual browns make sophisticated backdrops for art and antiques,” says New York designer Bunny Williams.

“These walls, in my New York apartment, are painted Cleveland Green by Benjamin Moore and finished with a soft glaze.”
Miles Redd
“My favorite way to use green is with plant material—a maidenhair fern, an exotic leaf in a glass bottle, or a single paperwhite,” says New York designer Miles Redd. “Green is a subtle reminder of nature, and it makes you feel healthy, fresh, and alive.”

“The old-gold walls make for cozy candlelit dinners, but the refreshing emerald-greens from the plants and curtains make this room equally enjoyable at breakfast.”
ELLE DECOR - Color Code: Green - Designer Miles Redd
Steven Gambrel
“The color green is a statement, and I don’t care much for the very palest shades of green, as they seem weak,” says New York designer Steven Gambrel. “A strong bottle-green or absinthe-green is far more memorable and actually really easy to live with.”

“Hits of dark brown and black help cool the color of green down and ground it in its environment,” says Gambrel. “Amber and gold finishes also react really well to a bottle-green background. A lacquered version is the most effective, as there seems to be a transparency to green that is not the case for other colors.”

It's Not Just the Paint... It's You...

Color doesn't exist on walls alone. You can add greens into you're world through furniture, art and decor, clothing, jewelry and other accessories.

Art and decor pieces add a splash of color and can easily be changed to the season or your mood. We are always switching out different pieces in our house to re-energize the space. Sometimes just moving them from one room to another, or storing them away to use again later.

Clothing and accessories let you take the color with you wherever you go and make you feel good, standout, and get noticed.

Get Inspired...

Shine On: Lacquer and Gloss

Terracotta Color Block Vase with Tan / Taupe Glaze and Green Free-Form Color Blocks, Textured Surface, Unsigned Vase, ca. 1970s from ZoeDesignsVintage on “Gloss!
High gloss!
Shine! Polish!

~ Jeffrey Bilhuber
Look for ways to bring high sheen surfaces into your home. Maybe a polished marble table, a high-gloss lamp, or enamel or lacquer accessories.

But if you want to make a bold statement, here are two great examples.

Designer Jeffrey Bilhuber lacquered the ceiling of his guest room in Benjamin Moore’s Jupiter Glow.

Lacquered ceiling in designer Jeffrey Bilhuber's apartment -
In a windowless entry hall, designer Christina Murphy chose HO1950 by Fine Paints of Europe to lacquer the walls a rich green, and reflect light from adjoining rooms.

Lacquered entryway in designer Christina Murphy's apartment -
Get Inspired...

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