“BLANCO CERANA™ reinvents versatility with the addition of its warm, neutral Biscuit color to the one-of-a-kind Fireclay collection”.
Blanco’s new biscuit colored sink
Biscuit is a color the design world hasn’t seen much of since the 80’s . It makes perfect sense though to reintroduce it now since biscuit (creamy almond white) pairs better with brown/gray that bright white does. I see this as one step closer toward taupe and one step away from cool gray.
While attending KBIS with BlogTourVegas I observed a color trend that really caught my attention. Neutral tones (especially in tiles and woods) are warming up and moving away from cool gray and shifting to more of a brown/gray or taupe. In fact, the presenter at our visit to Walker Zanger tiles told our group in no uncertain terms that “warm neutrals are trending for 2015″.
Have you ever thought about what inspires you to take a photo? What stirs your soul and causes you to stop in your tracks and reach for your camera? For some it’s nature, for others it’s travel, art or fashion. It might be a beautiful sunset or the way your cat sleeps on his back in the sun. For me, travel is always inspiring as it presents the opportunity to see everything with a fresh set of eyes.
When I do travel however, it’s usually not the “postcard scenery” that gets me most excited. It’s little details and the everyday elements that strike a cord with me. It’s the textures, patterns, and colors of a new environment. It’s often simply the unexpected. Here are a few “not your average travel photos” that stirred my soul while on BlogTourVegas.
This metal studded wall at the Aria Hotel was very visually appealing to me.
As was the carpet at the same hotel.
I liked the composition of this chandelier and the pattern against the vaulted ceiling.
Speaking of patterns, I see patterns everywhere. It’s almost a sickness. While my travel mates were admiring some designer bags in a nearby window display, I was captivated by the ceiling rings and pattern made by the three chandeliers hanging above.
Reflections in the Koi pond at the Ballagio Hotel was an ever changing kaleidoscope of patterns and colors. Each second was another opportunity for a once in a life time photo. Never again would the colors, lines and reflections be exactly the same as it was in the exact moment I took this photo.
Like pattern, isolated pops of color also excites me. I couldn’t resist stopping (even though I was running really late) to grab a photo of the five green chairs against the chartreuse glowing bar. The pattern made by the draping filament lights and the lone patron was the icing on the cake.
Similar situation below where the pop of red against the black and gold was just so eye catching.
Where better than Vegas to find unexpected compositions and juxtapositions like this window display below.
I loved the lines and graphic quality of this hotel lobby but I can imagine it would be very disorienting when returning from a late night of partying.
This gold 3 D wall created from fabric wrapped female forms was impossible to resist even though the lighting was dark and I only had my cell phone.
I know most people would not find these very appealing as travel shots. For me though, it is how I see the world and what gets me inspired in my life and my business.
I would love to hear from you. What inspires you to grab your camera?
Boy, did the reddish brown color choice cause controversy! Social media just about blew up after the announcement and comments were about five to one against the color. Interior designers were especially harsh voicing comments like “the 80’s called and wants their color back” and “Pantone is way off the mark on this one”. I personally was simply surprised by the choice as this was not a color that was on my radar. Oxblood Red yes, but Marsala is much more muted than oxblood and is more purple.
Now that I’ve had a few days to adjust to Marsala, I don’t love it or hate it. It’s really all about context and what colors are being paired with it. It would look quite nice as an accent color with dark greens, blues, or gold. Is this a color that I will be suggesting my clients paint their walls? highly doubtful, but then again, I never suggested last years color Radiant Orchid either.
The thing to remember is that the Pantone color of the year is all about marketing and I would say they hit a home run in that respect. It got everyone talking and even made the national news that evening.
Now, back to Barry Dixon. The talk was so timely because his idea on color is just the opposite of Pantone. Whereas Pantone is all about what’s hot right now, Dixon is all about timeless, classic beauty. He opened his talk with a beautiful image of a room the we all assumed was completed recently. He surprised us all by saying the room was done fifteen years ago. So what is his secret for choosing a timeless interior color palette? He looks out the window.
Pretty simple right? If you bring the natural surrounding colors into your home it will never be out of style. According to Dixon, “steal color from the outside elements-the sea, the sky, evening blues, lavenders, purples and grays”.
With his new paint line for C2 paint, Dixon did exactly that. He studied the surrounding colors on his farm in Virginia. He looked not only at the obvious like the grassy fields and surrounding trees and flowers but at hay bails, fence posts and the winter sky just before a snow fall. He “stole” the color of the eggs his hens lay and the early morning fog rolling across his lawn. He looked at the many colors of the sunset and sunrise and even the fur on his dog.
So here are my two take-aways from both the color of the year and Barry Dixon.
#1. Color preference is really personal and if you are not a fan of Marsala we have a saying, “if you don’t like the weather in New England just wait a few minutes” Mark Twain….. if you don’t like Marsala just wait twelve months.
#2. Nature never gets it wrong…if you bring the surrounding outside colors into your home it will always feel fresh.
SOOOOO what side of the fence are you on? trending or timeless?
I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and enjoyed some down time with family and friends (and maybe some shopping). I had a nice relaxing day on Thanksgiving but Friday, Saturday and Sunday I was working like a fiend. You see it all started with this rug.
I won this beautiful leopard print Stanton carpet on Lisa Mende’s blog giveaway. I knew the moment I found out I won that it would be the starting point of my long overdue office makeover. I have been working in a mess of a too small office for way too long. Samples, files and folders were stacked everywhere, my bookcase was an over stuffed mess and all the furniture was old cheap junk that needed to be either tossed or donated.
You know the saying, you throw a pebble into a lake and a tsunami happens in China. Well that is exactly what has gone down. Since my office was just a small room off our “formal” living room and we NEVER use our living room I decided to make both the little office AND the living room my office.
SOOOO all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday I painted…both rooms! Now as you know, I am not afraid of color. In fact, the living room walls up until Friday were a rich dark green. Perfect for sitting in a cozy setting with a book and glass of wine…except it never happened. We are almost always in the family room so taking it over as my office made perfect sense. Since the usage is changing I want the room to feel light, bright and airy. I want the walls to be a clean backdrop for all my colorful samples, design books and artwork. I made the decision to paint the walls in both the small and the large room WHITE.
I will admit it was a scary for me to pick White. In all my years, I have never had White walls; plenty of light neutrals, but never White. I struggled a bit with which White (it had to be a warm White since the room gets a lot of blue/green reflected light from the outside trees) but I did not want a yellowy or creamy white. I ended up choosing a white with a slight red undertone called Marshmallow by Sherwin Williams. I tried their new no VOC Harmony paint and I have to say it went on so smoothly and had absolutely no odor.
Painting over that dark green was dramatic and it didn’t help that my husband walked in half way through telling me he liked the green better.
I will admit I had a moment of doubt mid way through because White by itself isn’t too exciting. I held on to my vision for the rooms though and kept on painting. The two rooms are about 75% painted and here is a sneak peak of the walls (yes, I have a blue ceiling).
(On Sunday when I took this picture it was raining outside so the light was terrible and the walls look blotchy, which they are not).
I am so happy with how it turned out. It is light and bright just as I wanted. I’m on a roll now but I have so much more to do including having window treatments made, wallpapering a focal wall and deciding on storage pieces. My big splurge is a custom walking desk that is currently being made in North Carolina. I hope to have it by Christmas and I will show it off as soon as it arrives.
Once everything is done I will show you the full makeover (including the embarrassing “before” photos). Oh…and just so that you don’t think my new office will be lacking in color, here are a few elements that will be incorporated.
I am so excited to finally have an office I can spread out in and feel inspired and energized by. I just know 2015 is going to be a great year. How about you? Do you have/like white walls? If so, how do you bring in color?
Another colorful find that stopped me in my tracks at the ICCF while on BlogTourNYC. This collection of gorgeous colored bottles makes me want to open a restaurant just so that I can put these over the bar area.
Linda Holt Photo
(as much as I tried I can not find the vendor info on these lights. Please email me if you know who it is)