Friday, August 29, 2008

Fall Into Color ~ Trends for 2008

If you’ve started receiving your Fall/Winter clothing catalogs, you are already ahead of the game when it comes to the color trends in interior decorating, says Kathy Passarette, of Creative Home Expressions, a Long Island, New York interior decorating firm. “The colors from the Fall fashion lines transition to the colors we see as trends in home décor. It is not unusual to ask a client what colors they feel good wearing, because you can translate those same colors used in clothing lines into the home.”

Color is an emotional choice and chances are if you are happy wearing certain colors, or think you look good in certain colors, you will surround yourself with those colors in your home.

Some of the color trends we will be seeing in paint, wallpaper, fabric, bedding, accessories and furniture for Fall of 2008, and into 2009 are:

Reds will be split between the strong blue based and yellow based hues.

Orange continues to show up with brown-downed shades, but also include a brighter tangerine and an updated coral.

Yellow will range from bright to antique golds.

Green continues to be widely used, in all hues, taking its influence from nature. Greens create a cool, calming feeling and give you that outdoor connection.

Blues are a constant. While robin's egg blues are declining a bit, there are softer tints of blue along with bold bright blues. The newer versions of navy are considered on the formal side.

Purple as more of a red based raspberry like hue, as opposed to the blue based purples that have been previously popular.

Brown is getting a little bit lighter with sand and tan colors. As with the greens, the nature inspired browns are still being used.

Long term, the trends are forecasting neutrals, the spa-like blues and nature based greens, although they are grayed-down and earthy. So, if you want to be a trendsetter in home décor, just check out the fashion catalogs - the color of that sweater you like so much may wind up being the color on your walls.

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copyright 2008 Kathy Passarette, Creative Home Expressions

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Top Ten Decorating Mistakes Adult Ed Class

Join Kathy Passarette of Creative Home Expressions on Thursday, October 16, 2008, from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Mount Sinai High School for the Adult Education Program "Top Ten Decorating Mistakes and How To Fix Them".

The fee is $25.00, free for senior citizens.
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