The new year is the perfect time to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. It’s when we usher in new creative energy and thankfully say goodbye to a few things that have overstayed their welcome like Moroccan poufs and antlers. While I’m always on-board for innovative inspirations, there are a few trends the team at Coddington Design are not quite ready to get rid of. Ombre, chevrons, and my still favorite color combo (yellow and grey) are three trends that we’re not quite ready to see end.
Ombre is French for “shaded.” It’s a gradual fading technique used on fabrics with colors subtly shifting from light to dark. The progressive blending of shades leaves a relaxed elegance that can easily fit into many design genres. Since ombre is usually created during the textile process as opposed to the dying process, there’s a greater complexity to it. The play on shading can really open up a room and lend a sense of brightness and spaciousness especially when the tones range from dark at the floor to light at the ceiling. It also leaves a lot of options for mixing and matching complimentary colors into the design.
2012, you cannot take my chevrons from me! I’m still hooked on this style that seems to bring an air of sophistication and modernism to everything it touches. Last spring, I wrote about my burgeoning infatuation with the chevron, an inverted V-shaped pattern that dates back to ancient pottery design, and since then I’ve grown even more attached. When I first wrote about chevrons I was smitten with the glittery mirrored chevrons that were catching my eye but now my obsession is spilling over to chevron covered floors and walls.
Pantone’s color of the year for 2012 is the bold Tangerine Tango, Benjamin Moore chose a powdery sky hue called Wythe Blue but my pick for the year is grey and yellow. Showing up on the scene last year, grey and yellow is still my latest color combo passion. Yellow isn’t the easiest color to work with and is forever synonymous with quaint, country kitchens but pairing a buttery yellow with the perpetual underdog tone of gunmetal grey can create a space of calm distinction. I recently used it in a new commercial project I’m working on. It’s still under wraps but I can’t wait to share it. (Here’s a hint: there is a canary yellow chesterfield sofa involved.) Stay tuned to our Facebook page for photos!
Do you have a trend you’re not ready to leave behind? Let us know in the comments below!