{the triumphant return of mauve}

Pop culture and paint colors return to the 1980’s

“Mrs. Johnson, the 1980s called and they would like their mauve colored wall back.” That’s right, like many other pop culture fixtures, colors are also coming back. “Ladies and gentlemen, please stand and join me in welcoming the triumphant return of mauve!”

Martha O'Hara mauve paint

Martha O’Hara Interiors

What do you think? Is it too soon for mauve to make a comeback? If you’re of a certain age you still may experience flashbacks from the 80’s and agree with the Facebook comment, “Too soon to bring that color back!” It will be interesting to see if a younger generation is as passionate about mauve as they were in the 80s.

I’m looking forward to seeing how the 80s mauve is used in 2014. In the above photo the wall color is unexpected and feels fresh and new and exciting. The 80s aren’t coming back — they’re already here!

flame stitch from the 80's

Flame stitch – 1980’s

Flame stitch design is another trend from the 1980s making its way back in 2014. Interestingly, many experts say flame stitching has a history that predates the ’80s significantly, reaching all the way back to the 13th century. There aren’t many trends from that period that are making their way back into popular design, however, flame stitch design is back on point.

Scion Spirit and Soul book

Flame Stitch – 2014

Raise your hand if you remember “Garanimals!” You may have been too old to wear them in the 80s however, the “matchy-matchy” way of the times came through in children’s clothes back then. It was also prevalent in design. Of course, today, the colors, fabrics and designs may be somewhat different, but the idea of matching design certainly seems to be on the way back.

Matching wallpaper and bedskirt

Matchy-Matchy – 1980’s

Hampton's Designer Showcase 2014

Designer Tobi Fairley does “matchy-matchy” in the Hampton Designer Showhouse 2014

There are some who might contend that Southwest design never went away – especially those who live in the Southwest! Today’s version adds vibrant color and daring patterns. The designs today may not be from your relative’s adobe in New Mexico, however, it is still distinctively Southwest.

Additional photos from this gorgeous home with interiors designed by Martha O’Hara Interiors can be found here.

Becky Harris, Houzz contributor, wrote a great piece, “Pop Culture Watch: 12 Home Trends from the 80s Are Back.” It’s a fun read with references to Facts of Life, Charlie’s Angels and Miami Vice!

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{friday finds: october color of the month}

Color of the Month: Glacier Bay H0054

Sophisticated, cool, clean and high-end looking. Today’s blue will add “pizzazz” to any room in your home and our Color of the Month for October is no exception. Meet “Glacier Bay” (H0054).

Historic Glacier Bay H0054 paint

Historic Colors of America

You could say that “Glacier Bay” is “peaking” right now in the trend cycle. Look around and you’ll notice blue in a number of different settings – in fabrics and paint color as well as wallpaper and floors.

Kathy Basil from Hirshfield’s Design Center has noticed the trend with her clients,”Over the past six months or so, more and more designers are requesting blue fabrics and wallpaper.” Basil cautions that blue can be bold and depending on its use, a little can go a long way, and yet, “blue is a color loved by many.”

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{spirit & soul wallpaper and fabric collection}

 

Scion Spirit & Soul Wallcovering

A whole lotta love from the Spirit & Soul collection.

axis_wallpaper from Scion

Axis wallpaper

 

Wallpaper Wednesday: Spirit & Soul Collection

The third Scion collection, Spirit & Soul, released in the UK this spring finally arrived in the states. Vibrant colors and strong patterns give this high-energy collection a 70’s hippy-hippy-shake vibe. This new collection has its’ own distinct look just like two previously released Scion collections Melinki and Wabi Sabi.

Spirit and Soul Wallpapers is a show stopping collection of statement wallpapers. As well as interpretations of a number of the fabric designs, it also incorporates the ever-popular Mr. Fox in a wide range of colours and two different scales.

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{wallpaper wednesday: the latest & greatest wallpaper books}

thibaut Caravan wallpaper book

Tulsi Block from Caravan

Caravan Paper by Thibaut

Patara Ikat on the wall and Pongo fabric on the ottoman – Caravan

Hirshfield’s retail stores have received so many new wallpaper books in the past month, that it’s a great time to be looking for wallpaper. Florals, geometrics with a twist, embossed classic motifs to digitally altered designs. Papers printed in the United States and United Kingdom bring a good mix of colorways and printing techniques. In addition, there are price points for everyone’s budget. Don’t you have a guest bath that needs some wallpaper TLC? Exciting times in the world of wallcovering.

Caravan by Thibaut

Venture to a place where treasures await at every turn in the Caravan collection. Classically inspired designs and worldly motifs are enlivened with a fresh and adventurous color palette. This energizing collection of coordinating wallpaper, print and woven fabrics is full of surprising shapes and movement that embrace traditional design. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: granny chic}

Yes, but not the Granny Chic I’m talking about… 

With each new fabric and wallpaper book arriving at Hirshfield’s Design Studio, more often than not, Julia exclaims, “Granny Chic.” What’s Granny Chic you ask? Here’s Julia’s definition of Granny Chic style:

A happy mix…What’s old is new…Granny Chic is a vintage look updated with fresh new colors, patterns and textures. Wholesome and pretty without being too precious or dowdy. Vaguely familiar from your past but it now feels fresh and new….a dash of the past mixed with the here and now. Looks best mixed with contemporary and modern.

granny chic

Heart Home Magazine May 2014

granny chic

Plate collection paired with a modern kitchen set – Source Houzz

Tilton Fenwick

Fabrics from Tilton Fenwick evoke a Granny Chic sense of style.

Granny Chic

Mixing the old and new with Eijffinger wallpaper and a vintage Granny Square patterned Afghan. Source Heart Home magazine

pom pom pillow

My grandma had pom-pom trimmed accent pillows in her living room. How about yours? Source Living Etc.

tilton fenwick

Tilton Fenwick Slipper Chair from Style Beat

 Kathy and Greg (Hirshfield’s Design Studio) were at High Point Market in April and featured were sofas and chairs covered in floral patterns, “just like your grandma had.” We’ll soon be seeing traditional patterns like chintz, cabbage rose, paisleys, and Jacobean florals. It’s always exciting to see what the style makers do to update color palettes and give traditional designs a modern twist, making them fresh and new to eye. Everything old is new again. Let the trend cycle begin.

Here’s a link to an article on How to Decorate Granny Chic if you’re interested.

{hirshfield’s paint colors showcased}

 

Hirshfield's fan deck

Hirshfield’s is a member of Color Guild which is comprised of more than 55 independent paint manufacturers from 14 different countries and is dedicated to the marketing, promotion and selling of paint products. The combined expertise and experience of the member companies makes Color Guild uniquely qualified to serve as a definitive resource on color and coatings. Color Guild colorists work tirelessly to predict and present trend colors 12 to 18 months in advance of their entrée into the marketplace. These color experts carefully separate the fads from the facts as they identify the color trends that keep consumers ahead of the ever-changing color curve making Color Guild a global paint and color authority.

Color Guild’s fan deck is named “Color Is” and offers 1,320 colors for any space or environment you want to create. The shades in the fan deck bring out the best in each room. Here are some of the Color Is hues brought to life:

Hirshfield's Paint Color Is

Traditional Kids by Lake Oswego Interior Designers & Decorators - Lord Design

This charming door is Childhood Crush | 1088, and the quaint exterior is Sharkfin | 0574 Read the rest of this entry »

{color marketing group 2015 color forecast}

Friday Finds: Color Trends 2015

Mother earth once again dominates the color trends for the year of 2015. This is very understandable as solace and peace are linked in so many ways. We embrace new growth but also are drawn to the beauty of deterioration and the colors it reveals.

Jack-O-Lantern, Remaining Embers, Pleasant Stream

Once again blue green is in the forecast in a brighter and deeper value that is the perfect companion for rusty reds and mid-tone oranges.

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