Saturday, March 19, 2011

Design tips: Color Trends for Fall 2011 and our unfortunate friends in Japan.

It seems surreal… I write this thinking of color trends and how much fun I usually have when these reports come around.

At my house the daffodils haven’t bloomed yet, the fruit trees are still asleep, spring is so late this year. In parts of Japan, there won’t be anything growing for a long time. Alas. Gone. The cherry trees and handsomely trimmed gardens.

The latest color forecasts from the fashion world and Pantone’s Color Institute: Out are the rich spicy warm colors, in are cheery brights! In Japan, somber colors of mud, debris and filthy water prevail. Temples and art, centuries old, families, livelihoods, gone.

In another comfortable world, pinks, purples and yellows have some newly acquired depth, they’re not the clear bubbly retro pastels of earlier seasons. Teal colors are in, so is olive/sage green, which hasn’t left for decades. Light blues and mocha browns are still hot.

All pair well with the dark browns, grays, whites and neutrals that aren’t going away anytime soon in the interior design industry. Keep it simple and update your accent pillows, throw blankets, and towels with the new colors for a fresh new look for your own home. If you have one. Say a prayer of thanks.

And please keep in mind all our world neighbors and friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them. In Japan, Haiti and war-torn countries worldwide they’re not thinking of throw pillows, they just need the basics. Like shelter, food and clothing.

To help, contact the Red Cross or Mercy Corps.

I pray the affected people of Japan and all over will have new homes soon, reunite with loved ones and recover from the unbearable, unimaginable and horrible tragedies that have hit their beautiful and forever inspirational country.

Until next time,

Elaine Bothe


Color swatches image courtesy of Pantone.

Broken Teapot image courtesy of Elaine Bothe. (It was a cat-induced spill, not an earthquake. Purchased during my first trip to Japan, even broken, the teapot is too far beautiful to toss.)

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