Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Charlotte's Locks Red by Farrow&Balls, their colour 2012?

I love this colour from Farrow&Ball!!!I received it in their Newsletter today and I can't stop watching it!
It reminds me of Juicy Ripe Berry Red, the Colour of the Year proposed by AzkoNobel  for 2012.

Farrow&Ball are highlighting this colour in their UK website and it's beautiful and suggestive name is Charlotte's Locks.The upper half of the image corresponds to this colour in Estate Emulsion and the lower part is the same colour in Full Gloss. This way, a striking, textured look is created and the high sheen gloss finish constrasts wonderfully with the chalky matt appearance of Estate Emulsion for an ultra contemporary feel

According to F&B, "Full Gloss offers an extremely robust and durable finish wherever it is used, inside or outside the home. Ideal for all interior and exterior woodwork and metal and available in 132 colours, its 95% sheen gives a striking finish." It suits front doors, furniture in a need of up-dating, walls and radiators.

I'm seeing lots of red announced everywhere.  For instance, CMG has chosen a red they have called Phidias as the 2012 color for Europe.It has something to do with Juicy Ripe Berry Red...

Or not?

I  had never thought of red in the way I do now. And you? Would you have red in your home?
If you  need any advice, just contact me. I'm here to help you!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Color Focus 2011, Autumn-Winter.

The year 2011 has seen Pale Blue, Chocolate and Olive pop, and Spring Greens are announced for Autumn-Winter 2011-2012. Gray and White go on as neutrals and Tangerine and Vintage Mustard Yellow will play the accents. Lilac will  complement emerging Pale Aubergine.

Pale blue has moved from accessories to large pieces of upholstered and treated furniture in 2011. Prominent in Maison & Objet 2011, it makes a perfect contrast to rich dark woods and to Chocolate, a rich and dramatic colour that has come for a re-visit in some Luxury Interiors.

WA Teppan - Sushi Bar Palmas (Santa Fe, Ciudad de México)

Nobis Hotel (Stockholm)

Flexible and seductive, Chocolate brings back a  retro message with a vibe to the 70's. It matches with  deep Midnight Blue and with Black,Turquoise and Aqua.

Pale blue has been seen in textiles and china and will have a strong presence for all 2011.

Ruche Sofa by Inga Sempe for Ligne Roset

Another popping colour in 2011, Olive, brings a touch of earth and a sense of tradition. It works well in interiors, matches both chocolate and blue and fits classic designs like Chesterfield sofas or armchairs with a retro feeling. This colour will go on in a paler shade in the Epiphany Trend from Mix, in Spring-Summer 2012, together with grays - that have been going on trend in  2011 as a symbol of understated elegance.

Aphrodite by by Tadao Hoshino for Ligne Roset

Gray will be seen from paint to soft furnishings, as shown above. And White, it remains a core colour for most furniture collections and provides the perfect finish for tableware.

Today tableware by Gianinni

We will see 70's nostalgic Tangerine for accents, as in this wonderful carpet by Serge Lesage:

For a warm and cozy accent, down to earth Vintage Mustard Yellow drives attention in 2012 Vanity  Trend by Mix Trends.See it in Patricia Urquiola's Bohemian design for Moroso, displayed in its rich upholstery:

It's been found as well in furniture...

... and in textiles:

To end this color  focus, lilac appears as a complement to emerging pale aubergine. It will provide a background to darker purples and will sweeten the colour palette in wallpapers, bed linen, fabrics and home accessories:

The Brocatto Papers, by Farrow&Ball.

Kazan, from Intuicion collection by Gastón y Daniela.

These are trends: maybe you love them, maybe not. If you are trying to find your own direction amongst this  sea of colors, contact me. I can help you!