Heather and I also had the chance to recap the October, 2009 market in High Point, NC. For those of you not familiar with High Point market, it is our industry’s “Fashion Week”…but instead of taking place in the pounding heart of NYC, the biggest and brightest interior design stars and manufacturers converge on a small NC town, literally taking over every building, hotel, restaurant and house in a twenty mile radius! It’s fun, electrifying, and enormously overwhelming. Comfortable shoes are a must because there are miles and miles of showrooms to visit…No one wants to miss a bit of what’s coming in the world of design!
(Speaking of comfortable shoes, Last year I worked with Jaclyn Smith’s team in High Point, launching her new home furnishings permanent showroom in the IHFC building. I watched that woman teeter on 5 inch heels each day, but she did it without wincing…only that gorgeous smile on her face! … That’s show biz training for you. We all watched with envy)!
As is being widely reported, Heather saw lots of purple this October…in all tints and shades from the wispiest lavender to the heartiest aubergine. And in everything from accents, to tiles, to wall coverings, to upholstery to case goods. I’m happy to see so much of it, as it’s one of my favorite colors. I, personally, don’t use it often in my wardrobe or interiors, but every time I see it…it moves me. Hmm…Perhaps a sign to insert more of it into my life?
Paring with purple, which is normally considered cool on the spectrum, are warmer hues like umber, gold, and pumpkin. Bridging the two temps is grey… as in charcoal wool upholstery and/or intermittent doses of pewter metallics. Textures are HUGE right now. Juxtaposing shimmer with matte is key. This adds a layering effect that can be as subtle or as in your face as you want it to be.
I love subtle plays of texture… Similar hues contrasted by levels of sheen (like the example above of the charcoal matte upholstery accented with a similar hued metallic such as pewter). This creates a depth without too much energy. It creates interest while maintaining a calming effect. Since I prefer my environments to be calm, this is how I create a sense of peace without boredom. In order to amp things up a bit, energy wise, contrast your sheens and contrast your colors. You will immediately incite a stronger, more electrifying energy into your space. The eye has more to digest, and that takes more work physiologically. Your body will feel it… in a good way!
Here are some examples of current designs using purple…