Spain – Color, Design and Architecture

Last fall I had the pleasure of traveling to Spain for three – yes 3 – full weeks. It was a wonderful experience filled with relaxation, food, architecture, history and culture. We traveled the entire country in one big circle, starting and ending in Barcelona. Over the next few months, I will share these experiences in a series of five blogs detailing the highlights from the trip, focusing on interior design and architecture.

I hope you enjoy reading about the details as much as I did experiencing them!

Plaza de Espana



Color of the Year 2012 – Tangerine Tango

Pantone released the 2012 Color of the Year in December but I just couldn’t concentrate on it with the holidays looming.

Now that the new year has stated it makes me happy just thinking about it.  Of course this is the point, the color was chosen to be a continuation of last years color (honeysuckle) as a pick me up for our sluggish world economy and dour mood.

Sitcom Dubai Vase

Sitcom Dubai Vase

Each year Pantone choses a color that they feel reflects the times and the current feeling of the world.

Tangerine Tango  was chosen based on research they did all year long and glimpses of trends they were seeing across such divers markets as auto, home, electronics, fashion, jewelry, and music/Hollywood.

I love it, I think it’s a great compliment to most interiors and injects a conscious bit of color and energy into a room.

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it.  Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”
– Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®


A tale of Turquoise

As I have mentioned before, each year the Pantone Color Institute names a color of the year.  Their goal is to tap into the psychology of the world and describe our goals and desires.  For 2010 that color was turquoise.  I alway love to see how their forecast plays out here in the US and more locally in my neck of the woods.  With 2010 over I thought I would reflect a little…..

While none of my clients this year wanted to paint their offices or dining rooms turquoise, every girl’s room that I did- had to have it.  It’s not hard to imagine why: just open any kids catalog and you will see that they have fully embraced the trend.  The color itself is fun and lighthearted.  It has a lot of energy so it translates well to kid spaces.  While many of us might have set ideas about the color, I had a great time tailoring it to each girl’s personality and needs.  For me, the interesting part of working with trends or interpreting trends is figuring out how they work for you (if at all) and then putting your own unique spin on them so they feel relevant and natural to your life.

In the first room I did this year, the young girl was 9.  She didn’t want a pink room anymore and declared herself “not a girly girl.”  On a shopping trip they found a great bedspread which led the way for the other dramatic elements.  This definitely isn’t a girly room, and it has has lighthearted and whimsical elements just like her.  The big “out-of-the-box idea” was to open up her closet a little and make it a part of the room by painting it to match her room and adding built-ins.  Her hamster now has a new home which she loves and we added functional, stylish storage space.

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