tag archives: color


do you believe that fashion trends and interior design trends are related?

if so, then based on the spring 2020 women’s ready-to-wear collections in milan and paris, jungle and tropical prints and colors are on trend.

noir kei ninomiya | spring 2020 ready-to-wear | 27 september 2019 | paris, france

looks 1, 31, and 34
hats by azuma makoto made of ferns, palms, and moss
photos courtesy of noir kei ninomiya via vogue


valentino | spring 2020 ready-to-wear | 29 september 2019 | paris, france

looks 29, 40, 34, and 48
naive jungle prints inspired by 19th-century artist henri rousseau
photo credits filippo fior / gorunway.com via vogue


dolce & gabbana | spring 2020 ready-to-wear | 22 september 2019 | milan, italy

looks 25, 26, 118, and 24
sicilian jungle prints
photo credits filippo fior / gorunway.com via vogue


mezzanine | the greenbriar hotel | white sulphur springs, WV

renovated by dorothy draper during the 1940’s | refreshed by her protégé carleton varney in 2007

brazillance wallpaper | dorothy draper(r) fabrics & wallcoverings

designed by dorothy draper for the arrowhead springs hotel | san bernadino, CA | 1937
photo credits dorothy draper & company and the greenbriar via facebook


the pantone color institute(tm) gives their color of the year credit for influencing product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, such as graphic, industrial, interior and fashion design.

2019 pantone(r) color of the year | living coral | 16-1546 TCX

photo credit pantone


they describe living coral, the 2019 pantone color of the year, as a natural color that is nourishing and nurturing,  warm and comforting.

do you think that coral is comforting?

le hideout – salon d’esthétique | montreal, canada | by menard dworkind architecture & design

photo credits david dworkind via @interiordesignmag and mrdk


or, stimulating?

some retailers, such as barney’s new york, think that the color coral stimulates sales.

photo credit barneys new york


yves saint laurent beauty | la lacque couture nail polish | op art coral

nars | blush | bumpy ride

kevyn aucoin | molten gems liquid lip color | poppy topaz

photo credits barneys, barneys and barneys


delvaux | brillant mini satchel | coral

delvaux | tempête mini leather satchel | coral

photo credits barneys and barneys


karen walker | loveville sunglasses | red

karen walker | romancer sunglasses | crazy tortoise

illesteva | lisbon sunglasses | apricot

photo credits barneys, barneys, and barneys


christian louboutin | decollete 554 patent leather pumps | multi

walter de silva | sharon satin sandals | orange

photo credits barneys and barneys


some hospitality design practitioners also think that the color coral stimulates consumption.

the coral room bar | the bloomsbury hotel | london, united kingdom | by martin brudnizki design studio

photo credits the coral room via vogue and mbds


color psychologists consider warm colors stimulating.  and, cool or neutral colors calming.

more saturated colors are also more stimulating than less intense colors.


the interior design of the coral room is a balance of warm, cool, and neutral colors.


including a cool grey, similar to metropolitan, the benjamin moore paint color of the year 2019.


benjamin moore | color of the year 2019 | metropolitan | AF-690

photo credits benjamin moore and benjamin moore


if the salon at the coral room was your living room, would you prefer to paint the walls warm, stimulating coral?  or, calming, neutral grey?

2018 pantone 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?


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

green mohair rug | doug and gene meyer

photo credit françois dischinger via AD


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

photo credit pantone




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


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




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.


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.


Ian Ross ArtSan Francisco

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.



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

ian ross | spray can sculptures

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace


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.

odadasfds 1998starin-show-pr-15-04-06



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


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