finding inspiration in the everyday

In Vogue March 26, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — inspiringdesigns @ 7:44 pm

Following trends is unavoidable. We all do it. In fashion for ourselves or for our home we can’t avoid what is out in the stores and available to us to purchase. There is also the media, print publications, and the web pushing us towards what choices are popular.

I am sure we all have color trend memories, some good, some not so good. In my lifetime I recall the peach and mint, mauve and wedgewood blue, navy, hunter and bungundy…the list goes on and on. In the past few years blue and brown were everywhere. I personally still like the combination, but it is no longer in vogue.

old blue and brown

new blue and brown

So what to do with that expensive fabric and furniture in blues and browns? Here are some suggestions.

First, don’t take anything away, just add another color. This is an easy and inexpensive solution.

I have always been a green girl and colors inspired by nature are never out of style. Brown like the earth, blue like the sky and green like the grass and trees. How can you go wrong with this timeless combination?

Highland Court, one of my favorite fabric lines, a division of Duralee, has some great fabrics incorporating these colors.

Option number two, change your art. Adding black and white art to a blue and brown room adds a modern touch and a bright new feeling.

Another way to go is a bold print using a bright bold color (red or orange) to pump it up a bit. It really makes a huge difference to recover one upholstered piece of furniture or just change out pillows if you choose a distinctive colorful pattern.

ThomasPaul fabric

And if you still love this combo, think about switching up the shades of brown or blue. Try an aqua, navy, or teal. If you have soft neutral walls switch to a deep chocolate with undertones of eggplant. (Sherwin Williams Marooned). A nice grey toned taupey brown is also a great pick.

Below is a great new 2010 palette recommendation from Benjamin Moore Paints.

Inspiration… out of style color palette, Realization…easy updates.



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