Looking Forward to Fall

Even though it’s barely March, now is the time that trends are developing for fall fashion and interior design.  According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, the color trends for fall are all about looking to the past and “the big picture theme is a Mosaic of Color and Style.” From simple black to soft pink and everything in between, the colors for fall interiors evoke quiet strength in a time when the economy is still reeling.

Design doesn’t always mean a literal interpretation of the colors, as you can see on the January 2011 cover of Interior Design Magazine where the palette embodies the tones of the year without using them outright.

When it comes to 2011 Fall Fashion, the hues for women are both bold and muted.  From a radiant purple Phlox on one end of the spectrum to a whisper of lavender on the other, the colors range from restrained to irreverent.

Diane von Furstenberg played with neutral tones and pops of color in her Pre-fall 2011 collection.

Interior designers won’t always follow the palette set out for home decor, but instead embrace fashion trends like in this living room that mixes bright shades with concentric shapes in an unconventional space.

The fall fashion palette for men is nearly identical to the one for women, but with a hint more depth…

In the Pre-Fall 2011 Runway Show, Bottega Veneta blended a deep shade of Burnt Sienna with a bit of Bamboo together with a Coffee Liqueur coat to create a look reminiscent of a crisp fall day.

Whether you’re shopping for a new look or buying accessories to update a master suite, you’ll likely see a lot of these shades in the products that are available, so keep them in mind as you decide which direction to take!

P.S. I don’t condone the use of all the leather footwear and bags featured in these looks, but they are representative of Fall 2011 and I believe similar looks can be achieved without using animal products.

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The Pantone of the Year

Every year the paint company, Pantone, announces the color of the year and this year it’s…PINK!  Ok, the color is Honeysuckle, but as you can see below it’s actually a vibrant shade of pink.

The Pantone of the year is supposed to inspire fashion and design, so check out some great ideas using this poppy choice for the color of the year.  It doesn’t just have to be for a girls room but unless you want a shock of pink every morning, it’s probably best used as an accent color.

Like in this room…I love the dreamy quality of the sheer white drapes against the textured ceiling and bright pops of pink furniture and pillows.

And the simplicity of the honeysuckle chair against the modern monochromatic design in this ultra modern home really works in the space.

This room from Apartment Therapy might be my favorite one of all.  I love the rustic wood beams and the funky crystal chandelier.  And you could easily change out the chairs for wooden benches or sleek white chairs or even cut tree trunks if you wanted a really organic look, plus when the walls are white absolutely anything goes.

Not only does the Pantone of the year impact interiors, it also influences fashion, especially wedding fashion, so if you attend a wedding this year, don’t be surprised if you see a palette like this one from Prima Donna Bride:

I know for a fact the Pantone of the Year impacts weddings because I got married in March of 2010, and the Pantone of the year for 2010 was Turquiose.

I wasn’t even aware of it at the time, but because the pantone of the year influences so many of the available options, I wound up with the dresses and cake below. Coincidence?  I think not.