March 2013

Color Inspiration

Author: Sunny Nolde, Plantation interiors

All abloom in a fresh crop of fabrics, rugs, furnishings, wall coverings and paint samples, this season’s interior designs are inspired by the rich colors of an enchanted English garden. Just imagine white lacquered Chinese Chippendale chairs with emerald green upholstery, a mahogany dining table and a sparkling chandelier. Add a glistening water view and some wonderful friends. Whether you are seeking a serene sanctuary or a blast of pizazz, your palette of colors may set the overall mood.

Perhaps one of the significant elements for establishing a color palette is a piece of art. It can be an exquisite Venetian glass sculpture by Carlo Scarpa or a dazzling American impressionist painting. In the Guggenheim museum, for example, one is often captivated by the sculptural staircase and the surrounding exhibits. “The color and power of these paintings just sweeps you off your feet,” said Karen Meyerhoff, the museum’s managing director for business development. Interestingly, the museum has collaborated on a unique line of paint collections with a Vermont-based company that imports premium paints from the Netherlands. “I wanted to give people that same emotional response in their home,” Meyerhoff said. “You want to enhance the pieces, not compete with them.”


When choosing a color palette for your home, you can find inspiration almost anywhere. Maybe it is a favorite painting, scarf, rug or even a photograph from an excotic locale.

An area rug or an antique piece of furniture may also be a grand beginning. “Forget what you’ve heard,” said interior designer Bunny Williams. “Children and antiques do mix. Furniture with a little patina can be very child-friendly. That antique has been around 200 years. Kids aren’t going to hurt it.”

Then try to envision how you will live in each room. What is going to take place in this room? Consider its purpose. Be sure to give your space some “breathing room,” Williams continued. And by all means, you may wish to do a little editing to make sure the room is not too cluttered. Look for the rapidly changing furniture functions and features as they are improved through the advances in modern technology. It is both convenient and efficient to plug that new tablet or cell phone right into the cleverly located electronic outlet or opening on your nightstand.

Within the context of purpose, use color to create a modern or traditional accent around your room’s inspirational element. Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of color standards for the design industry has selected a color direction for the spring season. It’s a mixture of dynamic brights with novel neutrals to create a harmonious balance. These colors can be paired together, grouped or used boldly alone.

Prestigious and prolific furniture manufacturer Century is featuring color combinations of coral, navy and ivory, as well as the soft palette of French blues and washed greens. Citron yellow accents the charcoal greys and textured metallic finishes that can provide marvelous character to a piece. Emerald green is also woven into all seasons this year. It’s a little touch of Hollywood glamour, as well as a sophisticated color from nature’s aura. The color trends are brilliant and welcomingly refreshing this season. Talk with a designer or decorator; perhaps they will share their wisdom on how to create a beautiful, hospitable and comfortable interior with this palette.

Plantation Interiors is located at 10 Target Rd. on Hilton Head Island. For more information or help with your design project, call (843) 785-5261 or visit plantationinteriors.com.

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