Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Guest Post: Moving indoors after a summer outside

I am pleased to have a guest post today from Mark at NW Rugs in Beaverton, OR. I thought his design ideas and the new 2013 season would be a nice change of pace. Hope you enjoy.............

As we start to move indoors after a summer outside, many a homeowner starts to turn their attention to their interiors and readying them for the holidays and beyond. Since the recession there has been a consistent move toward quality over quantity and longevity over passing trends. The interior design forecast for 2013 bears this out, especially in the area of color choices.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute sums it up well. "There will be the consumer's expectation of practicality - what colors will have staying power and can be relied upon as a steadying influence in unsteady times."

While people want quality and value they still also want their homes to be fresh and to express one's individual style. The nine palettes for 2013 are named (click on each to see the palette): Connoisseur, Glamour, New Old School, Rugged Individuals, Extracts, Footprints, Sojourn, Surface Treatments and Out of the Ordinary. Each refers to and implies the aspirations and desires that will drive design choices in the coming year.

2013 Pantone Interior Color Palette “Connoisseur”

Eiseman of Pantone says, “We are seeing a resurgence of classic shapes and traditional styling, combined with a much more updated feeling.  That has been going on for the past few years and I don’t see it going away.”

These color palettes will be seen in paint, fabrics, house wares and even rugs. Lisa Galligan, interior designer and showroom manager at NW Rugs often advises "Rugs are a great way to bring color and personality into a space and, it is certainly much easier and faster to lay down a rug than paint an entire room. Or if you rent or lease and aren't permitted to paint."

2013 Pantone Interior Color Palette “Out of the Ordinary”

We asked Ms. Galligan to provide some rug choices from the NW Rugs large collections that might work well with these new palettes for 2013. "Remember, you don't have to match the color(s) exactly. If you do it tends to make a space look planned and manufactured rather than comfortably coordinated."

Lisa’s advice echoes what Portland based interior designer Kimberlee Jaynes recommends about color matching - “Don’t spend hours trying to match colors exactly. It doesn’t happen in nature, and if you try too hard you’ll end up with an artificial look. One trick designers use often, especially when doing a room from scratch or re-doing a room to make it up-to-date and fresh, is to start with a rug and pull the color choices from there.”

You can see examples of traditional, transitional and modern contemporary area rugs that complement each of the nine Pantone 2013 Interior Color palettes here. Which is your favorite palette and rug?

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