2020 Color of the Year

2020 Color of the Year

Hello!

It’s that time of year where we all anticipate the color trends for 2020. Color is not just about paint. These yearly trend colors can be used in all areas of lifestyle to set a mood or emotion. Accessories, window treatments, furniture, and paint are just a few areas to add hints of the color of the year.

The Pantone Color Institute and paint companies choose their own color of the year. They try to forecast a worldwide point of view on where color is going in the future.

Check out below to see what your favorite paint company has in store for you in the coming year!

The Pantone Color Institute

Chosen for it’s  calm, confidence and connectivity globally. The classic blue! http://www.pantone.com

Benjamin Moore – First Light

“First Light 2102-70 reflects a new definition of the home—a shift in mindset from the material to satisfying the core needs in life: community, comfort, security, self-expression, authenticity and ultimately, optimism.”http://www.benjaminmoore.com

Sherwin Williams

2020 Color of the Year, Naval SW 6244, is a rich navy that creates a calm and quiet confident surrounding.

“Navy is coming out of its comfort zone. 2020 is an empowering year of change that focuses on bringing your best self into the new decade. The next 10 years pave the way for wellness of the mind, body and soul – a clean palette for self-nurturance.

Giving a nod to Art Deco influences, Naval fuses the striking and bold opulence of Art Deco with the awe‑inspiring power of nature – from the infinite night sky to the mysterious depths of the sea – bringing navy out of its comfort zone to usher in an empowering New Year and fresh decade of change. This deep shade evokes a prominent sense of confidence that fuses timeless color with a fresh mix of natural materials and textures. “ www.sherwin-williams.ca

PPG

Chinese Porcelain—a rich and traditional blend of cobalt and inky blue—its 2020 Color of the Year. This color embarks calmness and a spirit of hopefulness, both always being seked out in this world.

“The need for simplicity and escapism from technology is, in part, the reason that consumers are craving blues like Chinese Porcelain that bring us closer to natural elements such as the sea and sky—creating serenity in any space,” said Dee Schlotter, PPG’s senior color manager.” http://www.ppg.com

Find peace in a restless world.

“In a world where sleep is viewed as a luxury and the anxiety of a fast-paced world is all too real, it’s only fitting that the color trends for this upcoming year offer escapism in today’s technologically-driven society. Hand-selected by PPG’s global color experts, the PPG paint brand’s 2020 Color of the Year, Chinese Porcelain (PPG1160-6) is a blend of cobalt and moody, ink blue that imparts calmness and restful sleep while also offering the spirit of hopefulness – a rare commodity in a restless world.” http://www.ppg.com

Happy color! What’s on your design mind?

 

Why Introduce New Products?

Why Introduce New Products?

As designers, one of the many exciting aspects of our profession is to see the new products as they come to market. It is our job to keep on top of the latest colors, finishes and equipment that will enhance your new space. There is a steady flow of architectural representatives that keep us up-to-date and educates us on the benefits of these new introductions.

Another aspect of our role as a designer is to educate our clients on the materials that they are selecting. We elaborate on the benefits, costing and maintenance protocols, as just a few of the features necessary to review prior to making a decision.

We will periodically present a snapshot of these products to better inform you of the latest offerings.

If you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to reach out and connect. We would love to know what’s on your design mind!

         

Black and White is Always Stylish

Black and White is Always Stylish

Why are black and white always in style?

These two contrasting shades remain one of the most popular and enduring color combinations thanks to their adaptability to almost any decor style. The two colors help in making the living room appear far more urbane and classy. While black anchors the room and helps highlight its prominent architectural elements, white lends a sense of airiness and balance to the backdrop.

There’s a rule in decorating that says that “every room can use a touch of black.” You might think this is strange if you have a room of pastels or jewel tones. But think a minute.

Using the color black adds a focal point of color that grounds, anchors, and adds a sophisticated look to a room.

Black in accessories, light fixtures, trims, paint, or in one bold piece of furniture will help to catch the eye and sharpen any decorating scheme. It will serve as an outline that sets off specific areas or objects. Black by itself is striking.

Below are a few products that embrace black and white.“What’s on your design mind?”

Matte Black – Simply Sophisticated

https://barildesign.com/en/produits/cuisine/classique/arteh16/robinet-de-cuisine-monotrou-haut-avec-douchette-retractable-2-jets/

Kravet’s Black and White Fabric – so versatile and always in style

https://www.kravet.com/fabric?color_group=3727%2C3737

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When was the last time you sat in your waiting room?

When was the last time you sat in your waiting room?

When was the last time you sat in your waiting room?

We are too busy as business owners to stop and observe our office and the surroundings that we are presenting to our clients.  But what is it costing us?

You could be losing clients and it could have little to do with the services you are providing. A fresh perspective could change everything… including your bottom line.

What type of experience are you creating for your customers?

  • How is the vibe, feel or atmosphere?
  • Are the colors current?
  • Is the office in need of some TLC?
  • Does it have a good (effective) lighting?
  • What does it smell like?

Have you ever stopped to think about how these factors could be affecting your clients and their desire to do business with you?  Could you be losing current or potential customers?  How does this impact your bottom line?

How they feel within your space is indeed one of the reasons that they choose to work with you.  There is plenty of competition out there in your industry – so what is setting your services apart from everyone else?

Often times we underestimate what the impact of a pleasing paint color, clean floors and comfy chairs can have with your clients.  People want to feel comfortable within your space and will speak about their experience and how you made them feel to a friend long before they will describe the services, good or bad, you have provided.

Design addresses all 5 senses.  It can be subtle or bold.  It can help orchestrate a wonderful experience for your clients; one that they will remember and want to talk about for years to come.

Are you willing to sit in your waiting room and take a hard, honest look at the experience you are creating?

We would love to hear your thoughts and “What’s on your Design Mind?”