High Point, North Carolina hosts the High Light of my work vacation – the Fall and Spring Furniture Markets. As as interior designer, it is energizing to find the perfect piece for a client’s project. This October’s market was the best in several years – a great come back. (Recession must be over!!) Avant-garde, architecturally designed bookcases, credenzas, and display pieces, creative lamps and chandeliers were inspiring. Area rugs, resembling modern paintings have truly become floor art.
Traditional is still here, but the Mid-Century Modern revival has inspired a new Modern. And color is not disappearing. Thank goodness.
Yesterday afternoon, as I relaxed comfortably in the massage chair at Alexandre de Paris in Fairfax, Virginia, Sophie painted my toes with that elegant Exclusive Plum that will probably complement the many shades of purple in my wardrobe!
Talk about marketing, Sherwin Williams was also offering free manicures with Exclusive Plum last week in Chicago at NeoCon, the annual trade show for commercial furnishings. I wish there had been time in my schedule that day to take advantage of that.
Every year we hear about the color of the year. Remember the 2014 Pantone color of the year? Radiant Orchid! There was quite a bit of orchid (and other shades of my favorite color – purple) at the High Point Furniture Market this year. However, it did not dominate the scene. In the past all one had to do to learn the “in” color of the season was go through two showrooms. The “in” color was in both and one knew that it would be visible everywhere. This spring was different. There was a variety of color displayed by national and international manufacturers.
The truth is there is almost no limit to color choice. Over the past decade we have all become more open to color in our homes. Furniture companies began offering a few color options for their fine wood pieces to test the market. This year the choices are vast. Some showrooms say any Benjamin Moore paint color, others say any Sherwin Williams paint color can be specified on their products.
Have you looked at a paint fan deck recently? You will see over three thousand hues. Today the real question is what is YOUR favorite color? You get to choose your favorite for the perfect accent piece.
Overwhelmed? One can always hire an interior designer to give some guidance.
PS: Our Sherwin Williams rep came by last week and brought us beautiful nail polish in Exclusive Plum SW6263, their 2014 Color of the Year!
PPS: Let’s not forget how beautiful the colors of natural wood finishes are. They provide the perfect background for our lives and the rainbow of color around us.
Preparing for Market can be quite the task, but it’s something that Carolin and I look forward to twice a year.
The Hotel room has been booked and confirmed, so now the fun can begin! High Point Market sends out several books as a Market Preview. These include the showrooms that are participating in Market, provides a glance into the various new products and vendors, and even various networking and educational events. We scour the pages looking for anything that catches our eyes. Sometimes we spot items for a specific project or client, but sometimes it’s something that we have to see and keep in mind for future projects. There are many lines that we love to visit to see their showrooms and new additions at each market, but we’ve also found many new resources at Market that we may never have seen otherwise.
It’s true the internet has become a huge help in business and life, but there are things that just have to be seen in person, and for us that’s much of the items you put in your home and office. Fabrics, colors, textures, quality are all very important, but impossible to see on a screen. You may get a good idea, but there’s nothing like seeing the real thing. High Point Market and other trade shows give us this opportunity. It gives us confidence in pursuing something for a client, even if it’s a new vendor.
A designer friend, Annette Phillips, ASID emailed me recently, saying that this must be my year. Pantone had just announced Radiant Orchid as the color of the year. Everyone who knows me is well aware that PURPLE in all its’ various, beautiful tints and shades, is my favorite hue. I enjoy seeing purple almost everywhere I go – not just at home. Look around and you will see purple everywhere. Now look again, what other colors do you see? There is a great variety of color in our world today.
Here is the true beauty about color this year, last year, and probably for years to come. We no longer have the mauve decade, the harvest gold and avocado green decade. Global communication opens our eyes to combinations of colors that intrigue us. We have almost any color we desire available to us all the time, every year. Manufacturers even provide fan decks from top paint companies for our own custom finish on case pieces. Fabric showrooms feature selections in every shade one can imagine. Fabric designers mix beautiful combinations into inspired, exciting patterns.
Color, your color, carefully planned and implemented, enhances your environment. Enjoy it.
PS – If you view our website, you will see purple in our logo and pages about us but you won’t see it in the images of client spaces. Their rooms are in their favorite colors!