Talking Trends...

... Color Trends.  My friend Tamara Stephenson, NYC residential designer, textile and wallpaper designer of Root Cellar Designs and blogger extraordinaire has been traveling the world discovering the trends coming out of Europe that we in the United States will see in the next year and a half or so.  Tamara gave an informative talk based on her trips to Heimtextil in Germany and Paris Deco Off, as well as Maison et Object.  Not unlike fashion week, these internationally acclaimed European trade shows set the trends on all things home decor that we'll see in the stores and showrooms the following year.

Tamara identified 5 color trends to look for based on her sightings ~

PLANETARY BEAN ~  gemstones, minerals, wood, nature inspired, respect for the planet, washes, cerulean blues mixed with sandy neutrals.

Pierre Frey

Stephan Jones

EXOTICA, MAXIMAL ~ vibrant, worldly, optimistic, layered, a worldly melding of colors and textures. Stains from China, earth's clay from Mexico, stains from India.  Think orange, fuchsia, emerald, cobalt, saffron.

Fromental  Wallpaper

Pierre Frey

Jim Thompson

ARTISANAL, HISTORIAN ~ handprinted, handmade, painterly;beauty in a brush stroke. Timeless color with intensity pared down by patina. Richly layered antiques mixed with modern. Color combinations include:prussian blue, gold, pear, plum, ruby.

Robert Passel

Root Cellar Designs

de le Cuona, Dragonfly

MOODY, SLEEPY ~ black is still hot mixed with deep colors in matte as well as high gloss. We are dark obsessed, we want to cocoon. Glamour, mixed metals even on wood.  Digital printing continues to open possibilities.

Christian Liege


Lisa Mende

TECHNO LIGHT PLAY ~ LED light is infused into fabrics, 3D feel, opal, aqua, foils, shimmer and shine has an effervencet feeling.  Copper makes a comeback.

Victoria Hagan



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