Trending color at High Point Market

One thing I heard over and over at High Point last week was how everyone was so excited about all the color in the showrooms. Evidently for the past few years the showrooms have been awash with shades of gray and white.

As someone who is passionate about color I was on high alert for colors I saw as trending. I saw plenty of blues and greens and also purples (no surprise since Pantone picked Radiant Orchard as their color for 2014). What I didn’t except though was a color that hasn’t gotten a whole lot of love lately and that is RED! Not the deep dark “oxblood red” of the past few years but big bold tomato red!

Take a look at some of these gorgeous showroom where Red was definitively the center of attention.

Alexa hampton

Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair: Linda Holt Photo

 Possibly my favorite show room in all of High Point was this teal and red room for Hickory Chair by Alexa Hampton.

red and turquoise for C R laine

C.R. Laine showroom: Photo Linda Holt photo

C.R. Laine    showed vibrant tomato red with aqua. A hot/cool color combination I have always loved.

Wesley Hall Showroom: Photo Linda Holt

Wesley Hall paired red with charcoal and creamy white for this fresh looking showroom with fabrics from Tilton Fenwick.

C R Laine showroom: Linda Holt Photo

The above vignette was also at C.R. Laine; Don’t you love that red leather stool and red coral art work paired with the red trellis patterned chair?

Mary McDonald

Mary McDonald for Chaddock: Photo Linda Holt

Mary McDonald used gray and white for her new line for Chaddock Home but look what she used as her accent color! If you look to the left there is the most beautiful red leather and brass side table. That floor by the way was one of my favorite elements of the show.

I have SO MUCH more to share but for now I wanted to spread the news that Red is trending!

What do you think of red? Do you use it in your home?

If you would like help updating your home for Spring or want to incorporate red into your home, give me call!

Friday’s Photo

I often challenge my clients to think outside the box when looking for art for their walls. Who said wall art must be flat?  Here is a wall grouping of clay pottery that I saw on display last Spring at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

Wouldn’t you smile every time you walked into the room if this happy colorful collection was on your walls?

Have a great weekend!

I’m sorry I can’t find the artist’s name. If any of you know who it is please forward it to me.

 

Simple trick for determining the undertone of white

I think for many people the most difficult color to choose is white. So often you think you are picking a “clean white”  and you get it up on the wall and it looks green or pink or blue. Well here is my super easy trick for determining the undertone of white.

Take a look at these three different whites.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

When you bring home sample chips from the paint store and you look at them on your wall, can you tell what the undertone is?  Can you tell which one is “whiter? Probably not. However, ask the store if you can take a look at the fan deck and simply look down the strip and you will easily see the undertone.

Linda Holt Photo

Now I’m not saying that these whites will go on the wall and look blue or green or orangey/gold (but they could) but notice that the first two are cool whites and the one on the right is a warm white. The bottom line is that most whites have undertones so it’s better to find out before you get it up on your walls and it turns blue or green or yellow.

If you are still uncertain and struggling to find the “perfect white” give me a call!

How about you? How do you choose the perfect white?

 

Which wall is best for a painted accent wall?

I recently received this question from a reader who was painting her family room and wanted to know which wall would make the best accent wall. She was confused as to whether she should pick a solid wall that was a side wall, the fireplace wall, or the wall behind the sofa which had a window and a door.

Regardless of how you feel about accent walls (many designers and decorators see them as dated) they are still very popular here in the north east and quite a few of my color consulting clients ask for them. When choosing an accent wall, remember it will be a focal point in your room, so be sure there is a good reason to draw attention to it. A random “side wall” doesn’t make for a good accent wall just because it’s a solid wall. Also, don’t default to an accent wall just because you don’t have the courage to paint all four walls your accent color, otherwise it will just look like you haven’t finished painting.

So, which wall is best for a painted accent wall?  Here are the three things I look for when deciding on an accent wall.  

1. A solid wall with no breaks or interruptions. A solid wall behind a sofa or a bed is always a good choice. It is a great place for a pop of bold color that adds visual interest to an otherwise lack luster room.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

2. A symmetrical wall. If you must use a wall with windows or other architectural features it will look best if the wall is symmetrical.  A wall with various sized windows or windows and a door is not the best choice.

symetrical accent wall

In the photo above, the accent wall is symmetrical with the two matching windows and sconces. The dark gray also relates to the sofa and draws you visually through the room while adding some interest to what looks to be a long narrow room.

3. The ceiling. Painted ceilings are very on trend right now and since the ceiling is the 5th wall it is a great place to add a pop of color.

blue painted ceiling

image via Apartment Theraphy

Similar to solid walls, a painted ceiling works best if there are clearly defined boundaries. In other words, if you live in open concept house, a bold turquoise ceiling may not work for the whole house. Bed rooms and bath rooms are my rooms of choice for a painted ceiling.

The Novagrats via Apartment Theraphy

The Novagrats via Apartment Theraphy

This morning I stopped by a client’s home who I had helped with choosing color a few weeks ago. She had recently moved to a beautiful new condo and her main floor was one very long and narrow single room (approx. 60′ x 20′) that was kitchen, living room, dining area.

We decided on an accent wall for the far back wall for two reasons. She wanted to tie in the orange accent from her rug, pillows, fabric and art work and we also wanted to visually shorten the room with the advancing orange wall. Here is the result.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

Here is another view of just the wall

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

She told me it is her favorite thing about the condo and just loves walking in and seeing the pop of bright color.

As always, I love feed back…What do you think of accent walls?  Do you have an accent wall in your home?

Friday’s Photo

This has been quite a Winter with all the snow and ice, school closings, lost work and canceled appointments. I think we all need a big bouquet of flowers to cheer us up and remind us that Spring really is right around the corner.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

Happy Valentine’s Day my friends!!

Friday’s Photo

It may not be immediately apparent but this is a photo of a sunset taken in my hotel room. Actually, it’s really just a plain shear curtain with red dots. On my final night stay I came back to the room just as the sun was going down. The light was reflecting off the adjacent buildings and bouncing back through the shears creating this gorgeous array of colors.

 Linda Holt photo

Hotel Sunset: Linda Holt photo

The lesson? Sometimes it’s fun to see the usual from a slightly different perspective.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

 

 

The hot new “love it” or “love it not” color for interiors

Tuesday I spent the day at the Boston Design Center. I hadn’t been in for a few weeks and as someone who is so tuned into color I couldn’t help but notice the hot new color that was EVERYWHERE! It seems Purple is everyone’s darling right now. I only saw a few show rooms that didn’t feature purple, either as a wall color, a furniture color or in accessories. Here are a few photos I snapped with my cell phone to give you an idea of what will soon be in a store near you.

purple wall

purple accent wall at Scalamandre

Stepping off the elevator I was blown away by this rich purple accent wall at Scalamandre. The silk purple floral and solid purple pillows tied in nicely with the wall color.

Purple leather chair at Kravet

I spotted this gorgeous purple leather chair at the Kravet show room and this purple velvet one at Duralee (swoon).

Duralee

Several of the showrooms featured purple sofas for those willing to make a major color commitment including this one below at Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids

Kravet also had a purple sofa but leaning more toward magenta. I loved the art work above and the chartreuse green wall.

Kravet purple sofa

Kravet purple sofa

For those who like purple but are not so sure they want to make such a big commitment there were plenty of pillows. Using pillows is a great way to be on trend without making a major investment.

Kravet

Kravet

This purple velvet and ikat were two of my favorites… also at Kravet.

Duralee

Duralee

Another purple a bit more on the magenta side was spotted at Duralee.

This piece almost came home with me as it was a floor sample and would look so nice at the foot of my bed.

Ailanthus

Ailanthus

Having studied color and color psychology  I know purple is one of those controversial colors that people either love…or not. Studies show that purple is most popular among pre-adolescent girls and creative types but it doesn’t get much love in home interiors except maybe bedrooms…until now.

UPDATE: Just as I was getting ready to publish this post Pantone announced their 2014 Color Of The Year….Radiant Orchid.

Radiant Orchid

Radiant Orchid

I would love to hear what you think about purple…love it or love it not?

If you would like help incorporating purple or choosing any other color, give me a call.

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