Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Choosing and Using Color Part 2

Check out any fashion magazine such as (featured above) and you will get an indications of the new color trends. And, just in case you have not been following the New York fashion shows for Spring 2011, all you who love color will be in for a pleasant surprise. Yes, the runways are awash with brilliant color! Everything from vibrant yellows, raspberry reds, corals, purples, bright pinks and turquoises. This colorful palette is intermixed with a large swath of black and whites, beiges, browns and grays. To see more you can check out and see designer John Galliano's generous use of color in his spring collection.

You may be asking, "Why should I care...I am not a trendy sort so I haven't the slightest interest". You would be very surprised to discover how much of our lives are dictated by the fashion industry. In fact, if you do not buy one article of clothing in the next year (which I seriously doubt), you probably will be buying an appliance for your kitchen, tableware, home accents, paints for your wall, or a few of you lucky ones, a new car. The truth is that the colors and styles dictated by the fashion industry will filter down to every major department in every major department store including WalMart and Target. Have you ever tried to find some bedding, for instance, to match a color scheme from a few years ago only to discover it is almost impossible? I assure you that this is by clever design of the fashion/color gurus.

So, if you are planning on updating or redecorating in the coming year, you may want to take this into consideration. This does not mean that we all have to follow along like good soldiers, there is room for individuality, but good luck with trying to find furnishings and accents in unique choices of color. In any event, the die is cast, and these will be the colors you will see for the new year. So, bottom line, unless you want to expend the extra energy swimming against the current it would be a good time to do a little research before you choose that paint color.

To sum things up, brights in yellow, corals, oranges, pinks, blues, and purples are definitely "in". Oh yes, and for all you animal print lovers...looks like they will still be around for some time only now they are doing them in the bright colors as well. Looks like ruffles, large prints and retro are also very big and although I am not exactly sure how many ways that will translate to the interior design industry, rest assured that it will.

Just thought you would like to know. Have fun decorating!

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