|For fun - this season's "In" colors
||[Aug. 1st, 2007|07:35 pm]
I thought I'd post this information generally since I don't often go back to read old comments myself and it might be fun for others. I'll be totally honest and upfront here in that I don't usually advocate doing the most "In" thing except in medium to lower priced pieces of your wardrobe... they go out of style as fast as they come in. Or hmm... I'll rephrase that a bit and I'll say take what's interesting from what's in... but don't do it too true to form because that will date quickly. Unless you're the type to redecorate and repaint every year of course (I do have one client like that), but generally that's too exhausting (and too expensive) for the rest of us.|
So for fun... (I'm using fashion for examples because it'd take me too long online to find the right rooms to illustrate my points and fashion and decorating follow each other closely). There are several color pallettes that are, as kimattica put it, "in in in!" *grins*
One is muted - mauve (I know! old and creepy right?), with cappuccino, and cream colors. Think soft and feminine (or modern, goes both ways). Actually, this one is also somewhat classic and is great for soothing. Can't find a good clothes example of this one quickly enough. So for everyone stuck with rose or mauve colored carpeting that can't stand it (I know it was quite a thing for a while there), try painting the walls a nice cappuccino color - seriously, take your favorite Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts iced drink to the paint store with you to help pick out a color, otherwise you'll be easily sidetracked by strange green-toned ones that end up looking more like erm... baby's diapers than you want. Then put some cream furniture in the room. Or turn all those colors around into other places - cream carpet, mauve walls, cappuccino fabrics, etc.
The next is yellow. Particularly yellow as an accent to black and white. Here's an example in a Kay Unger shirt dress. Done right, it doesn't look like bumblebee-wear. Black and white is still extremely popular - as in heavy contrast. Here is another example of black and white (this time with a soft metallic accent - also in. Check out Ralph Lauren's metallic paints though ping me if you actually want to use one, there's some things you should know about the labor involved. So the houndstooth prints and certain plaids are still very in. (If you think you're looking at 70s retro, you are.) By the way, don't be afraid of black in your home (in the wood furniture most likely) it does accent everything around it rather than looking like "yet another wood color."
Jewel tones are back. Think 80s style (teal, plum, chartreuse, navy, etc) but with a slightly lighter and more modern feel. This page is loading today with a great example, not sure how long it'll stay that way. Here's another good example of a jewel tone.
Very big in home furnishings right now is Blue and White. (Old Ralph Lauren, and probably will be in that line again). I mean clean navy and white. That's and up and coming one.
Also in is PURPLE!! Lots and lots and lots of purple - lavender, dark purple, plum, etc. For a bit of design background this is significant because the fashion world tends to follow the Color Wheel around until it reaches purple, and then it goes the opposite direction. So it never spins always clockwise, instead alternating between clockwise and counter-clockwise.
Animal prints are also big, and extremely classic (leopard was a favorite of Victorian decorating actually). So don't be afraid to add in a little pop in pillows or in your wardrobe with some animal prints. Lately I've been quite intrigued by the giraffe prints popping up, although zebra and leopard are still classics.
For those who don't remember or aren't familiar with the color wheel, here's a picture (and the informational link is here):
So there's a fun general gist for you.