blog

slide1a

By Kelly Dubyne

Pantone announced the color of the year for 2017 in early December.  You may not think the color of the year has much significance but I am going to share with you how you can use it to make a positive difference in your life. As a designer, I get downright giddy when the color of the year is announced. This year, it is called ‘Greenery’. It is a bright, vibrant, happy shade of green!

On the color wheel, green is considered a cool, calming color, but this particular vibrant green has a yellow undertone and feels warm and active. Pantone describes Greenery as “fresh, calming, and meant to inspire new beginnings.”  Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute says Greenery “bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose”.

slide6

Be ready to see this color in beauty, fashion, appliances, graphic design, home decor and even cars!  How can you use it in your home and life?  Consider a scarf, top or even jacket for your wardrobe. (Wouldn’t a Greenery pair of heels be fantastic?!)

slide10Bring Greenery’s warmth into your home by painting an accent wall in this rejuvenating shade. Or, consider simple accents such as a pillow, blanket, curtains or even a patterned chair!  Keep it natural by bringing in some green from the outdoors! These simple additions will bring with them the positive changes in mood and energy that Greenery inspires. 

However you enjoy the color this year, Greenery is sure to bring a vibrant addition to your home!

Photo Credits: Pantone

 

{ 0 comments }

By Kelly DuByne

Every year, those of us in the design world love to think about what the color of the year for the upcoming year could be. Plenty of companies release their own color of the year, from paint companies like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams to clothing companies and even paper companies.

poised-taupeSherwin Williams’ Color of the Year for 2017 is Poised Taupe, a beautiful, warm neutral. 

Benjamin Moore’s is Shadow, a deep, saturated purple.  Personally, I tend toward these deep colors and love when a client tends towards that direction. We recently redesigned a home in these deep colors. Watch for the photos soon on our Projects page!shadow

The Color of the Year that everyone talks about is revealed by the color authority Pantone.  Leaders across all industries integrate the color of the year into their designs: home products, appliances, automobile, fashion and more.

I love to try my hand at predicting the color of the year in November before it is announced in December! I’ve studied the Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2017, reviewed paint companies’ colors of the year, poured over the current fall color and home trends, studied the fall runway fashion shows and am always perusing color trends in retail stores and magazines. All of these factors help me make my prediction. The two colors that I predict and also hope to be color of the year are: Pantone Niagara as my first choice and Pantone Kale as my second choice.

Pantone describes Niagara as “comfortable and dependable”. Blues tend to be timeless, think denim jean jackets, the sea and sky. Does blue ever go out of style?

Photo: decorablog.com

Pantone Kale is my second choice.  A warm green that feels close to nature, and reminds us of a healthy lifestyle so many of us work towards. Green is a wonderful neutral too!

Photo: due-home.com

Whatever Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017 is, I always wait for the announcement in early December with giddy anticipation like a kid going through their Halloween candy!

{ 0 comments }

Doors: Opening Design Possibilities

April 26, 2016

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Windows and floors and doors, oh my! Windows and floors and doors, oh my! We all remember a similar rhyme from childhood (lions and tigers and bears, oh my!), but now that we are adults, this revised version is probably a more accurate depiction of what scares us. Of these three design […]

Read the full article →

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

March 15, 2016

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger We all know the line, ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?’ No matter what the answer returned by the all-knowing reflective oracle is to that question, the unmistakable effectiveness of a mirror to add detail, form and function to a room is a sure thing. Mirrors can […]

Read the full article →

Hiring a Designer Will Save You Money

February 16, 2016

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger When homeowners are faced with the need to decorate, design, build or remodel homes, the first thing they decide is if they can afford to do so. Once they factor in the cost to hire professional contractors, permitting, materials, etc. their budget may be tighter than expected and hiring a professional interior […]

Read the full article →

Not One, but Two to Color Your Year!

January 19, 2016

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Wrong again!  We’ve been wrong about the Color of the Year before, but this year, we not only guessed the color wrong, but also the number of colors that would be named. In November each year, Kelly DuByne and I like to take a shot at guessing which color Pantone will name […]

Read the full article →

Centering in on the Holiday Décor

December 15, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger I LOVE to check things off of lists!  I appreciate the finality of the act and my holiday decorating is no exception.  Whether actually on paper, or just a mental list, I have definitive areas of my home I want to decorate and, when they are completed, I CHECK, CHECK, CHECK them […]

Read the full article →

Our 2016 Color of the Year Predictions

November 17, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Marsala, Radiant Orchid, Emerald, Tangerine Tango, Honeysuckle–Sounds like a wonderful garden party, doesn’t it?  Well these are much more than aspects of some well-planned soiree.  These are just some of the Pantone Color of the Year ‘queens’ of the past. Each year, around this time, the designers of the world sit on […]

Read the full article →

The Ups and Downs of Stairs

October 20, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger There are few things that add impact to a person’s perception of a home’s value like stairs do. Whether it’s the stairs leading up to the front door or interior stairs from one floor to the next, they speak volumes about the care and maintenance of the residence. Think about the last […]

Read the full article →

Cabinets—Where to Begin?

September 15, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Everything, including the kids’ snacks, the everyday dinnerware, grandma’s gravy boat, the laundry detergent, bath towels, blow-dryers, and on and on and on, need a place to be housed. That’s right! We as consumers have a huge amount of ‘stuff’ to be stored. Walk into any home’s kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, etc. […]

Read the full article →