tag archives: color

pantone 2018 color of the year | ultra violet | 18-3838

photo credit pantone

media room | greenwich, CT | interior design by mark cunningham

photo credit richard powers via architectural digest

the grateful dead house | 710 ashbury street | san francisco, CA

photo credit nick huggins|adventurous pursuits

the feel good garden | designed by matt keightley

2018 royal horticultural society (RHS) chelsea flower show | 22-26 may 2018 | london, united kingdom
photo credit rhs

provocative, thoughtful, creative, original, visionary?

counter-culture?  experimental?  non-conformist?

health, wellness, well-being?

interior?  exterior?  or, garden?

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sitting room | miami beach, FL | interior design by frank de biasi

green mohair rug | doug and gene meyer

photo credit françois dischinger via AD

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2017 pantone color of the year | greenery | 15-0343

photo credit pantone

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beauty is live | matte eye shadow | parigi

by terry | aqua-print eye shadow | green fizz

nars | duo eyeshadow | chartreuse green shimmer/cobalt blue shimmer

photo credits barneys new york, barneys new york, and sephora

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oliver peoples | sofee sunglasses | clear/mirror green

dior | reflected P sunglasses | green/mirror green

barton perriera | justice sunglasses | gold/tortoiseshell/mirror green

photo credits bergdorf goodman, barneys new york, and barneys new york

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gianvito rossi | capri sandals | green

prada | suede sandals | green

gianvito rossi | artemis sandals | green

photo credits barneys new york, barneys new york, and barneys new york

need i say more?

there is usually a showstopper room at the san francisco decorator showcase.  last year, it was the master bedroom by antonio martins interior design, who paneled the bedroom in blue and white portugese tiles, called azulejos.

click here to read my previous post about the 2014 san francisco decorator showcase.

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master bedroom | antonio martins interior design | 2014 san francisco decorator showcase

24″ x 24″ azulejos wall panels | painted by linda horning and katherine jacobus

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

this year, i thought that the dining room by cecilie starin design, with a black and white mural painted by street artist ian ross, was the most innovative room.

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street soirée dining room | cecilie starin design | 2015 san francisco decorator showcase

ian ross | black and white mural | 2015 san francisco decorator showcase

ian ross | freelon mural 2 | 41 freelon street | san francisco, CA

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace, david duncan livingston, and ian ross art

the pair of spray can sculptures that flank the fireplace are also by ian ross.

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street soirée dining room | cecilie starin design | 2015 san francisco decorator showcase

ian ross | spray can sculptures

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

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interior designer cecilie starin

photo credit david duncan livingston

the street soirée dining room is also an homage to orlando diaz-azcuy, and the dining room that he designed for the 1998 san francisco decorator showcase.

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dining room | orlando diaz-azquy (odada) | 1998 san francisco decorator showcase

light ring pendant lights | NIDO living | san francisco, CA

street soirée dining room | cecilie starin design | 2015 san francisco decorator showcase

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photo credits robin weiner, david duncan livingston, david duncan livingston, and lisa walsh | innerspace

do you think that the 1998 diaz-azcuy design could still be considered innovative?

2015 san francisco decorator showcase

3630 jackson street | san francisco, CA 94118

25 april-25 may 2015

will 2015 be a year of contrasts?

if color forecasts are any indication, then maybe so.  color authority pantone, a division of x-rite that provides professional color standards for the design industries, named marsala as the color of the year for 2015.

‘marsala is a color that exudes confidence and stability’

-leatrice eiseman, executive director of the pantone color institute®


living room | interior design by james magni

photo credit erhard pfeiffer

bedroom | london, UK | interior design by michael s. smith

via architectural digest

dries van noten | spring 2015 ready to wear collection

photo credit yannis vlamos | indigitalimages.com

celine | winter 2014 collection | mini luggage handbag multicolor | vermilion

photo credit celine

isabel marant | spring 2015 ready to wear collection

photo credits marcus tondo | indigitalimages.com

sherwin-williams paints selected another red hue, coral reef, as the color of the year for 2015.

‘coral reef is an uplifting color’

-jackie jordan, sherwin-williams director of color marketing


living room | interior design by jay jeffers

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 bedroom | interior designer unknown

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missoni | spring 2015 ready to wear collection

photo credits yanni vlamos | indigitalimages.com

aquazzura | resort 2015 collection | beverly hills sandal | coral

photo credit barneys new york

but, benjamin moore paints chose a complementary color, guilford green, as the 2015 color of the year.

‘guilford green is a color that signifies fresh energy and growth’

-ellen o’neill, creative director at benjamin moore

living room | piedmont, CA | interior design by barbara barry

photo credit barbara barry

 bedroom | the peninsula beverly hills hotel | interior design by alessandra branca

photo credit alessandra branca


erdem | spring 2015 ready to wear collection

photo credit yanni vlamos | indigitalimages.com

chloe | winter 2014/2015 collection | marcie handbag | baobob green

photo credit net a porter

bottega veneta | spring 2015 ready to wear collection

photo credit yannis vlamos | indigitalimages.com

could it be coincidental that sherwin-williams and pantone both featured red and green in their marketing materials?

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or, that berry red is one of the colors that benjamin moore suggests to combine with guilford green.
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when you mix complementary colors like red and green together, you create brown.

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johann wolfgang von goethe | theory of colors | 1810

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pantone is receiving mixed reviews for choosing a color with brown undertones, like marsala, as the color of the year for 2015.

PS.  now, ppg pittsburgh paints has announced that blue paisley is their 2015 COTY (color of the year).

could no trend direction be the trend direction for 2015?

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radiant orchid

photo credits wall street journal and chicago tribune

color authority pantone, has named radiant orchid the color of the year for 2014.  pantone, a division of x-rite, provides professional color standards for the design industries.

leatrice eiseman, executive director of the pantone color institute® associates orchid, which has purple, fushcia, and pink undertones, with creativity and originality.

wendy donahue, a chicago tribune newspaper columnist, describes the pantone color of the year as:

‘one part cultural indicator and one part marketing forecast.’

so from a marketing perspective, the color orchid could appeal to fashion conscious, tech savvy, 20-30 year old consumers because they value creativity and originality.  would you describe ‘it’ colors, such as orchid, or other fashion trends, such as ‘it’ handbags or ‘it’ shoes, as individualist?  or, as conformist?

manolo blahnik | bb suede pointed toe flat | orchid purple

photo credit neiman marcus

people seem to either really like or really dislike purple.  so, orchid could be considered an individualistic color.  if you are an interior designer, orchid could seem too reminiscent of 1980’s mauve and teal color schemes to become ‘the new new thing’.

‘the kids are rocking an ’80s-comeback thing, but mauve is like the one thing I will never, ever embrace.’

-jonathan adler, potter, designer, and author

if you really like purple, would you use orchid as an accent color in a neutral interior design scheme?

living room | greenwich, CT | interior design by suzanne kastler

photo credit simon upton
or, as the primary color?

bedroom | 2007 kip’s bay decorator showhouse | new york, NY | interior design by drake design associates

photo credit nick johnson