High voltage design trends

IO-Earley webColor shock is here! The muted, soft  tones that were coveted for a number of years are taking a back seat to intense, high voltage color.

The Emerald Green Pantone color of the year is just the parade marshal.  Expect also to see brilliant tangerine, sapphires, crisp yellows, and shocking reds.

Running with these intense hues is still too much for a large sofa, but pillows, textiles, chairs, rugs and walls will no longer sit back and whisper.  No, it is an all-out color splurge.

This playful approach to design looks fabulous when paired with a grounding color. Typically, one patterned fabric starts the color story and the colors are repeated in geometric and solid prints. The grounding color binds all the color, pattern, and texture together for a splendid color vignette.

Just when you thought grey, brown and black were the only grounding colors, white walked through the door and there is we start feeling the modern vibe. White and black are as sophisticated and glamorous as always.

Since vibrant tones usher a playful room mood, expect the unexpected in patterns. Large scale chevrons are everywhere, both in starring roles and as a backup. Oversized toile is an exciting addition.

Some combinations for the design aficionado that wants to be current would be sienna, azure, sapphire paired with taupe, emerald green and bumblebee yellow paired with charcoal, or teal, coral, lemon yellow, and lipstick paired with ivory.

If you are not inclined toward investing in a trend but crave the color in your life, remember that pillows and ottomans offer the temporary trend fix and are easily changed later.

Wall and ceiling color can provide an easy color fix, as well.

Without a doubt, 2013 will be the year of the bold and beautiful color, complete with high voltage and energy.

Vicky Earley

Vicky is the principal designer for Artichoke Designs in the Art & Design District in Carmel.

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