REJUVENATING SPRING COLORS
Color, Color, Color. We love it and can’t get enough of it this time of year. Whether we use it in large doses or small punches its essential to a well designed interior. Colors come in and out of favor but some are keepers such as blue and green. And they are trending right now as sea green and sky blue or as gem tones like saphire and emerald. The following examples inspire and rejuvenate.
This uplifting, traditional style living room is all done up in sky blue and spring green. It’s daring yet soothing at the same time. Green silk taffeta curtains and blue linen sofa contrast beautifully with the iron “branch” cocktail table and leafy print chair.Furniture is by Century, which always provides high style and timeless quality.
Rich jewel tones infuse this quartz surface with life and energy. Picture this as a counter top in a powder room-Wow! Semi-precious stone surface by Ceasarstone.
Pastel, watery blues and greens are soothing yet envigorating and very on trend right now, especially the aqua. You can almost feel the sea breezes; one could spend hours in this beautiful traditional dining room.
Here’s an exciting new look for a Chinese lantern: emerald green. Just pure whimsy! by Charles Edwards.
The ever popular aqua is paired with orange for lots of energy in this contemporary sun room. Fabrics by Sunbrella are great for outdoor rooms and indoor ones as well. Great wearing and easy clean up.
Who is more on trend than Jonathan Adler? Unexpected combinations of color and patterns create excitement and fun. Deep saphire blue sofa combined with softer blue chairs look great on the black and white rug. Note the touches of brass for a change up in metals.
Letitia Little, Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in the Minneapolis, MN. Visit www.letitialittle.com.
METALLICS AND MENSWEAR
Two of the latest trends in interior design are metallics and menswear; perfect examples of that all important element of design, texture. Here are some exciting examples.
These stunning textural wall tiles designed by Ann Sachs for Kohler just seem to glow with light.
Metallic threads add shimmer to these textural weaves for Hartmann and Forbes window shades. Great look.
This metallic pendant is called “Confetti” and is so aptly named. Metal strips are fused together to form a primitive looking ball of light. Just pure fun. by Currey & Company.
Window pane check curtains in wool, masculain arm chairs in flannel, a wool plaid throw and faux horsehair covered ottoman are just some of the fabrics used to define the new Menswer look. Include houndstooth, herringbone and paisley and you’ve got the well dressed room. By Schumacher.
More Menswear styling is represented by this rich dark paisley wallcovering. Also by Scumacher. Note the metallic mirror.
Texture reigns in this vinette. The combination of the rough wood table, string, pods and ceramic vase is tantalizing!
Watch for my next post on Fabulous Fuchsia.
Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award winning interior deigner in Minneapolis MN. www.letitialittle.com.
THE LATEST TRENDS IN INTERIOR DESIGN
Fall has arrived and along with it are new trends in interior design. Here are a few examples of what’s new in fabrics, tile, lighting and furniture.
Loaded with texture, this room has it all, from the bleached wood chest to the painted wood mirror to the toile patterned curtains. And in orange no less. So Dramatic!
I love the texture and rust tones of the these mixed stone mosaic tiles. What a great backsplash these would make. Modern Mythology by Crossville.
The light shining through this drum chandelier creates a shimmering texture all its own. The capiz shell circles and wrought iron frame are an unexpected combination that creates whimsy. “Peggy” by Currey & Company.
The contrasting textures of “Patani” paisley wallpaper and old world accessories create a rich tableau that I find so appealing. Thibaut wallpaper.
What could be more textural than this beautifully matched veneer wood table top! Savoy dining table by Century.
These Native American inspired tapestry fabrics are colorful and rich in texture and part of a growing trend of ethnic influences. Amerinda Collection by Osborne & Little.
For more on Texture and Trends see my next post.
Letitia Little, Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. www.letitialittle.com.
Newest Colors in Bold Blues and Elemental Greens
In my 2 previous posts I talked about grays, violets, reds and golds as some new color directions for 2013. Not to be forgotten in the latest color forecast are bold blues and elemental greens.
Bold blues and aquas from Kravet in the Modern Dining Collection.
Fluid Blues color palette from Benjamin Moore with deep water colors.
Poolside cool blues. Teak furniture by Kingsley Bate.
This casual chair shows off New Green in a nubby linen. by Century.
Elemental greens color pallette by Benjamin Moore.
Benjamin Moore Colors are: Jungle Canopy,Summer’s Day, In the Garden, Green Thumb, Lilianna.
For more on 2013 Color Trends visit my 2 previous posts.
Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. for more info www.letitialittle.com
New Color Directions for Interiors
The new colors for 2013 are simply inspirational. They are complex yet definative with a rich velvety quality. Hues range from deep rich blues and plums to soft creamy golds and yellows to fiery reds and oranges. Sprinkle in some earth tones, many shades of gray and some varied neutrals and you’ve got the whole gambit of the newest colors for interior design. See them in paint, fabrics, and furniture for the most exciting looks from traditional to modern interiors. Here are two color groups in reds, oranges and golds. To see more take a look at my previous post.
Bright fuschia and orange put these luscious fabrics by Brunschwig & Fils front and center for 2013.
The sun filled colors of “Fiery Sunset” are infused with energy and strength. From dynamic fuschia to subtle clay they remind us of warm climates and sunny days. Colors from Benjamin Moore
The paint names alone will stimulate creativity: Peruvian Chili, Egyptian Clay, Hot Tamale, Tomato Tango, and Tropical Fruit by Ben Moore.
These bright, fiery colors really pack a punch in this modern interior by Jonathan Adler.
The nature infused colors of “Golden Fields” from Benjamin Moore are soothing, relaxing and homey.
This lattice print fabric in refreshing greens and golds would liven up any living room or bedroom. by Zimmer + Rohde
Don’t miss my next post on blues and greens.
Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. for more info visit www.letitialittle.com.
New Color Directions from Benjamin Moore
I recently viewed the new Color Stories from Benjamin Moore and decided to share these inspiring new colors with you. There a eight new palettes to choose from. I will highlight most of them in the next 3 posts. I love to use Ben. Moore paints for my design projects because the colors are easy to work with. The paint itself is a quality product that goes on easily and is durable (my painter loves it too). Not to mention the paint has low VOC’s so its good for the environment. So take a look and be inspired.
The soft gray curtains and silver traditional desk exemplify the new gray color palette. Paloma cotton satin by Romo
“Shades of Gray” reflects the understated side of gray with undertones of brown, blue and green.
Color names are intriguing: Burnt Ember, Coachman’s Cape, Espresso Bean & Old Soul, Perspective and Smoke & Mirrors.
Rich deep purple and pale violet Paloma cotton from Romo showcases the new purple/blue color palette.
“Violet Twilight” color group is made up of colors of the evening sky that range from deep amethyst to pale violet.
More inticing colors: Approaching Storm, Faded Violet & Elderberry Wine, Pressed Violet and Purplicious.
Crisp purples combined with soft grays typify the newest colors for 2013 in this modern setting. Furniture by Century
Watch for fiery oranges and earthy gold tones in my next post.
Letitia Little Allied ASID,CID is an award wining interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. For more info visit www.letitialittle.com.
I was in one of my favorite interior design showrooms the other day and was so enthralled by these new 1950′s inspired fabrics and wallpapers, I just had to do a new post about them.
These linen prints are so playful. I love the 50′s dresses and the colors. . . just the thing for pillows, window coverings and furniture in any mid century modern interior.
Wonderful Retro chair in gray and yellow, a favorite color scheme of mine. And the wallpaper captures the era to a tee!
The curtain fabric and sleek, minimalist sofa reiterate the 50′s theme so perfectly, you just want to sit right down and enjoy!
Crisp, clean wallpapers and fabrics enhance the spare style of these interiors. What could be more relaxing? High Society Collection by Villa Romo.
This post is for you, Linds!
Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is a licensed, award winning interior designer located in Minneapolis, MN. for more info visit www.letitialittle.com.
Bold, geometric shapes are everywhere in interior design this year. They make strong statements in fabric, wallpaper, furniture design and even lighting in modern and traditional styles. Here are a few examples that caught my eye.
This glass front console with the white fretwork is so crisp and modern and the orange geometric fabric on these classic Chinese chairs gives them a fabulous update.Chin Hua by Century Furniture. Wonderful, bold colors!
This chic, modern wall sconce is like a piece of jewelry all done up in silver circles and blue silk shade. by Vaughan Lighting.
Love this little loveseat in the blue, white and black pagoda print with its shaped back. This new Chin Hua collection by Century is so exciting and creative!
The linear quality of this nickel chandelier is softened by the flower petals. And there’s that blue again.(can you tell I like blue?) Very lighthearted! by Vaughan
This gray and white geometric fabric is very popular right now. Looks great on this chair by Century and would work for curtains or bed coverings too.
The red, white and blue color scheme works with the Chinese furniture to create a new twist to an old style. How American! Chin Hua by Century.
Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is a licensed, award wining interior designer based in Minneapolis, MN. for more info visit www.letitialittle.com.
Trends in interior design are always fun for me to follow because they keep me on my toes. Fresh new looks inspire creativity. One of the strongest trends in furniture for 2012 is natural, light woods. Oak is back but in bleached, white washed or grayed tones. Think driftwood. These natural tones are an exciting casual look and provide a neutral background for any color scheme. Silver leaf finishes are the new metallic. Their soft sheen is upscale and elegant. You will see them on tables, chests, mirrors, lamps etc. Another new trend is lacquered tables, consoles and cabinets. Done in white or lipstick red, the look is very hip. Each one of the following examples can be the inspiration for a whole new room or the perfect finishing touch to an existing room design.
“Bees Knees” chair and occasional table by Caracole
Pine chandelier from Century. The smooth white shades contrast perfectly with the rough wood for fabulous texture.
I love the silver leaf sheen with the black painted legs of these nest of tables from Caracole.
Red lacquer cocktail table from Somerset Bay in a Greek key design. Fun!
This great little chest is called “Bedrock” from Caracole. Perfect for bedroom or casual living room.
Letitia Little is a licensed, award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. visit www.letitialittle.com for more info.
I am always inspired by Barclay Butera fabrics and these richly layered reds are no exception. From Kravet.
The red family from deep merlot and rose red to azalea and raspberry, is representaed here in these exciting new fabrics fromKravet.
Bold red is dynamic shown here on the walls and in this tufted leather chair from Century.
Modern console in white lacquer is the newest trend in furniture. Loft Collection from Somerset Bay.
This fabulous bouquet of roses represents the full range of reds and pinks for 2012. Inspirational!
The soft sheen of the silver leaf finish gives this three drawer chest from Emerson et Cie a real updated look.
For more on Color watch for my next Post on “How to Choose a Paint Color.”
Letitia Little is a licensed, award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. Visit www.letitialittle.com for more info.