I have always been intrigued and fascinated by color. As a Certified Home Interior Color Color Consultant, I study the color trends each and every year to be able to better guide both my residential and commercial design clients.
This year Pantone the supreme color guru of the US has selected their 2012 Color of the Year- Tangerine Tango- 17-1463.
Pantone’s 2012 color of the year, was selected because, “there’s the element of encouragement with orange, it’s building on the ideas of courage and action, that we want to move on to better things. I think it would be a disservice to go with a relaxed, soothing color now,” as my friend and colleague Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, told the Associated Press.
Because Tangerine is such a bright and vibrant color, I would recommend using it in interiors as:
In addition it makes a great combination with other vibrant colors such as red. I like the word “optimistic” to describe this color as we are moving into 2012 with a different outlook on life and our interiors.
We recently completed a basement redesign for a client who was interested in an eco-friendly children’s playroom. We worked to create an interesting design complete with bamboo flooring,and eco-friendly wall covering. Check out the results:
BEFORE: Adults and Children co mingled in a space meant for kids
AFTER: Custom built ins for storage, low VOC Eco-friendly wallcovering, upholstered custom day beds, bamboo flooring and natural woven blinds for window treatments
Before: Toys, empty wall, carpeting and a TV
After: A wall celebrating the family bamboo flooring and organization.
Recently we completed a townhouse model home in Washington, DC. Check out the before photos and then the after. We added color to the walls and custom window treatments. Special thanks to our partners at Authentic Contemporary Art for assisting us on the artwork.
Children's room before.
Living and Dining area before
Living Room before
The Zen living room space. Photo by Omar Rafik
Master Bedroom- custom window cornices, splash of color on the wall and of course-artwork! Photo by Omar Rafik
Our favorite- the baseball theme room.
Bathrooms always look great with just the right accessories. Photo by Omar Rafik
Dining Room- wall color and artwork make the space. Photo by Omar Rafik
Critique Boutique at the beautiful National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland asked us to come up with a glamorous redesign of their existing dressing rooms. Critique Boutique is a high end woman’s fashion store catering to a distinctive clientele. The clothes are all designer made and unique.
The owner, Toni Foster, felt that the dressing rooms should be comfortable and aesthetically pleasing to her high end clientele. In addition she wanted the dressing rooms to have a face-lift to reflect the high end fashion aesthetic of the rest of her store.
Before: The Critique Boutique needed a dressing room make over to create a high end pleasing dressing experience.
After: Critique Boutique Dressing Room Make Over
We took cues from the surrounding color palette of the store which was predominantly yellow and green. The fabric selected reflected rhythm and pattern.
Before: This bench in one of the dressing rooms needed to be dressed!
After: A well dressed bench in this dressing room takes the fitting experience to another level.
We took the benches in the dressing room, placed cushions and upholstered them with a skirt. To save money and time we created the draperies to be rod pockets, lined them and then used her existing rods to create them.
The result is fantastic. Toni gets compliments every time her customers use her fitting rooms! Stay tuned for our wine and design event at Critique Boutique on May 15th.
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