What's Hot / What's Not
What are the current color palettes and basic
color tones that designers are crazy for right now?
- Lime and Apple Greens. Great to lighten the mood
of a room. Lime and Apple Greens on an accent wall are the perfect punch against
espresso leather brown sofas and mission furniture.
- Grays with brown undertones. Grays
are more sophisticated than just watered down black pigment. Grays of today are chic and masculine.
- Hot pinks with brown undertones.
Again the presence of brown pigment softens the otherwise pre-pubescent glare of this feisty color.
- Tone-on-tone whites and off-whites. This combo is cleverly used in many new chic restaurants nationwide. What a
great way to create depth on a wall by playing with the ever expanding range of
the white palette.
- Chinese orange reds. With the 2008 summer
Olympics in Beijing, designers have re-discovered this centuries old Asian
- Lavender. The new beige.
What colors have designers phased out?
- Burgundy red
- Forrest green
- Sage green
- Khaki, beige
What macro design trends are in?
- Paint the ceiling black.
Contrary to making the room look smaller or shorter, it makes the ceiling
- Mirror glam. A Los Angeles based
designer has re-introduced this 1930s style by encrusting and encasing
furniture with custom cut shards of mirrors.
- Concrete and cement staining. It’s
not just for unfinished basement floors. Many are recognizing how practical it
is to jewel tone the concrete floor in a main living room or high traffic area,
foregoing wood, carpet, and even pergo options. Sleek for shower stalls.
Perfect for outdoor back patios and pool decks.
What macro design trends are phased out?
- French/ country shabby chic
- Oriental rugs
What are some of Raea’s favorite tricks and
discoveries that have worked really well with clients?
- Paint your walls black with a
glossy finish. A perfect solution to highlight the dimensions of a hallway, and
to create a gorgeous contrast against pine and bleached floors.
- Bronze out the baseboards. Sometimes the walls are just fine, so give some decorating attention to your
baseboards. Who says they have to be gloss white? It's an unexpected way to endcap your room.
- Utility box artwork. A great way to
distract the eye from the ugly, gray metal fuse box panels. WTD creates custom
artwork in symmetrical size and shape and the gray beast fades into the
- Faux switchplates. So you’ve
painted your room a bold, dashing color, only to have white, plastic electrical
switchplates pop out everywhere. WTD paints on the actual switchplate covers,
matching the background tile, granite, stone plaster, grout, or flat finish.
Watch your switchplates disappear!
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