Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Trends 2014-16: Spring and Jungle Greens.

It seems we are going to see many greens in next Colour Seasons. They are presented either as Spring Greens either as Jungle Greens. No wonders about this choice, which seems to express our desire for green shades with a natural feel. We will see many of them in 2015 and 2016.
This trend celebrates Spring, specially with grass green.
TWO TONE CHAIR by Ichiro Iwasaki.
More tending towards olive is Pedrali's polycarbonate Blitz Chair:
Design by Claudio Dondoli and Marco Pocci.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Colour Trends 2014-15: Mid Blue.

From the colours that have been spotted in Design Fairs this year, I'm bringing a very cool one for the Summer Season, Mid Blue. This one reminds of summery skies and, in some shades, Caribbean waters, or the colour of the sea in a rainy day.

Optimistic and summer like, it will help us feel in a better mood after so many gray days in Winter and Spring. Below, the Box Stool adds a fresh and luminous splash to the room's composition:

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Color Theory or Color Instinct or better having both to choose Colors for Design?

Now and then I come across this discussion in Color related Internet Forums:

- Are you supposed to be a better Color Expert if you follow Color Theory or is this for newbies? 
- Star Consultants are those who have a special sense for Color which is a kind of gift that makes them special and unique?

I was taught that you can create Color Harmonies either by instinct either by knowledge of how Color Harmonies can be created based on relationships established among Colors according to their position in the Color Wheel. I never was taught "this is better than that" and honestly feel annoyed when I realize there are people in the net discrediting the knowledge of Color Theory as if it even could be dangerous to be taken into account!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Colours by Culture, an infographic.

Shared today in Google+ by Lori Sawaya, from The Land of Color, I picked this interesting infographic which showcases prefectly how colours have different meanings according to different cultures. This should be carefully taken in account for designers and corporations when creating new products, specially when dealing with clients that come from a culture other than ours. The image comes from Top Web Design Schools. Enjoy! 

Colors by Culture

Isabel de Yzaguirre,
La Colorista

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Colours and design in Feng Shui, the infographic.

Today I'm pleased to introuduce  a host post by writer and marketer Marcela de Vivo, who has created a wonderful infographic on Feng Shui. It summarizes awsomely this ancient art, that implies Colour and Design of the Home, while presenting some helpful advice aimed at avoiding troublesome issues in each area of it. Le'ts see what Marcela has to explain to us on this interesting topic:

"As Asian culture continues to gain popularity within western cultures, so does the ancient 3000-year old Chinese method of creating a harmonious environment, which is more commonly known as Feng Shui. When it is literally translated, Feng Shui means "wind and water," which is designed to promote vibrant health, wealth and overall well-being; however, the benefits will vary depending upon how well the energy, or "Qi," flows throughout the room, home, building or garden. For example, a Feng Shui home office requires an active, vibrant energy for increased success, while a bedroom will need a soft, sensual energy. In order to achieve these desired energies, you will need to follow the basic principles of Feng Shui  which are shown in the infographic provided by Soothing Walls below. Once you have defined the bagua (the energy map of your home), you can then begin to determine what colors you will use in each room and how to represent each of the five elements (fire, water, earth, metal and wood). While this may seem like too much to handle all at once, achieving a Feng Shui design for your home is fairly simple. The element of water, for instance, can be represented by adding decor pieces in various shades of blue, images of moving water, or having a small indoor fountain. Whether your focus is wealth, romance or good luck, the principles of feng shui can help bring the right energies into your home for whatever you desire."

I hope you have enjoyed this post and that it may be useful to you in some way or other. I'm not a Feng Shui expert but have read much on that subject, which has always been of my interest, and can consider it if you want it applied to your Home Design. For that, you can always contact me. Thank you so much to Marcela and best wishes to you!

Isabel de Yzaguirre,
La Colorista.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Colour Trends in the first half of the year.

According to what Tamsin Kingswell says in Mix Trends Newsletter, which  I'm subscribed to, the Summer is a good time to make an overview of colour trends as seen in the first half of the year.In Tamsin's words, "So far we’ve noticed metallics broadening out to include all things shiny (much on show at DMY), a romance with clear materials or those with just a hint of a tint and our love affair with green going ever deeper into the forest with a lovely, almost Loden-like shade. And we still don’t seem to have shaken off the collective passion for pastels and neons although at Mix our enthusiasm is waning fast. Instead we are waiting for a move towards darker, more sober colours that counterbalance all that candyfloss knocking about at the moment. "

From what I've seen in the streets here in the small Barcelona's area village where I live, I can confirm the love of pastels and neons among people, together with emerald green and floral colors such as pink, red and sunny yellow.

Cal Gavi, Moià (Barcelona).
Photo credits and colour  palette by
(c)-Isabel de Yzaguirre Maura, 2013.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Vividly Colored Chairs: guest post by Mari from Arcadian Home

About a year ago, I published a guest post on "Decorating with Floral Art",by Arcadian Home. Today I'm very pleased to host AH again with a post on Vividly Colored Chairs, which suits perfectly my love of Color!
Isabel de Yzaguirre,
La Colorista.

Hello, lovely readers! 
I'm from Arcadian Home blog which is a wonderful place for home decor inspirations. There you will find lots of great creative ideas for everything from decorative trays to big wall art and much more. Today, we're going to talk about one of my favorite pieces of furniture. I love all things related to home interiors, but chairs are at the top of my list of furniture obsessions. I am especially fond of colorful chairs, so that's what this little visual tour is all about. Please enjoy! Thanks for letting me stop by to share. ~ Mari 

Monday, April 1, 2013

A project come true: The Four Seasons Mural for a School's yard.

Whoever has followed me since three years ago maybe remembers a  post on a Mural Project for Josep Orriols i Roca School's yard. The School is located in Moià (Barcelona, SPAIN).

I published the project for the first time when I had been working on it for about nine month, and I had serious doubts about its being  painted because of economical crisis in Spain. But luckily parents were very willing to see it done, and to let their sons and daughters have a more colourful School, no matter what it might cost. They organized events to collect money and provided all the colours that I had specified, whith the sponsoring of our local Paints Store. 

Today I can say the mural has come to life and am offering a view of the whole process until its completion.

The initial goal was to have some of the concrete walls of the yard decorated, and we chose the one in the sight: 

La Colorista, 2010.

My project aimed at representing the colours in the natural landscapes around our village all along the Four Seasons of the Year, in the same order that we experience them since the School Term begins: from Fall to Summer. Colours were picked from photographs shot in Moià's surroundings, and the proposed design was this one:

The Four Seasons' Mural, Isabel de Yzaguirre Maura
(La Colorista),2011.

Monday, March 4, 2013

The meaning of Colour in Marketing. And in Interior Design.

A few days ago I found this interesting Infographic on the meaning of colours applied to marketing. I'ts a good brief that can be perfectly applied to Interior Design. And since color increases readership, recognition and comprehension, I hope it will be helpful for you. Enjoy!

Isabel de Yzaguirre, 
La Colorista.