Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thursday's Thoughts

Many furniture stores have a "no photos" policy because they don't want shoppers snapping pics then looking for better prices from their competitors.  That's somewhat understandable, sort of.  But lots of us need pictures - either we want to show the photo to our significant other before making the purchase, or we want to see a picture of the item while standing in our own home looking at the things the new item will coexist with before committing to it.

So what do you do?

Ask for a brochure or pamphlet depicting the item.  If one isn't available, find out which company manufactures the item and then find their website and you will have access to photos and most often detailed information including dimensions, colour choices, and more.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thursday's Thoughts

Thursday's Thoughts is a new feature I decided to add. Thursday's Thoughts will appear, you guessed it, every Thursday; the topic will always be somehow design-related, and it will literally just be a thought, not a full-length article. A point to ponder. A couple of words of wisdom. Maybe a photo with a sentence or two sometimes...

And here's today's thought:

Planning to renovate? Or even just dreaming about a specific project? It's never too early to start a "style file" - collect photos of things you love from brochures, magazines, websites, etc. Even start keeping a list of names of designers, contractors and other industry professionals who have been recommended by friends or family. This will start you (or your designer or contractor) off with an organized visual idea of the direction your project will take when the time comes.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Colour Trends for 2011

Trends are an interesting thing.  First of all there are two kinds of trends: 1) those established by industry-related organizations, and 2) those based on consumer behaviour.  Secondly, there are two kinds of people: 1) those who follow the trends as closely as possible, and 2) those who know what they like irrespective of the trend du jour.

And interestingly, the colour trends shown for 2011, for the most part anyway, seem to be allowing for everyone's preferences to still be "trendy".
Azko Nobel's "The Colors of 2011"
Yolo Colorhouse's "Color Trends 2011"

Pantone continues to release a colour of the year, and this year's is as bright as last year's turquoise, but unfortunately less likely to find its way into as many people's homes: Honeysuckle.

ICI Dulux (an Akzo Nobel company) released a lemon-lime sort of shade of citrus yellow as their colour of the year, and Benjamin Moore's 2011 colour of the year is called "Vintage Wine" - by their own description it is a "rich hue with a deep brown base and a hint of smoky violet".

Lots of words are being thrown around too including: humble, simplicity, refresh, collective, magic... But the truth is that they likely bring different colours to your mind than to mine because we all associate different things, different experiences and slightly different qualities to each of those words.

Azko Nobel has created a ColourFutures International Colour Trends 2011 notebook available for download. It combines a magazine style with a picture book style, and is worth a quick flip through. Click here to go to the download page.

My next post (later this week) will be about the trends beyond colour - pattern and motif, texture, shape and form, mood and ambiance...