If the national news, slow economy and long winter have got you down, you may be excited to know that bright and bold colors are on the design horizon. Ready to lift your home with optimism and energy, these saturated hues will be dotting the continued trend of safe, neutral environments through well chosen accents.
"Colors do act as retail therapy when the economy is challenged, just as women tend to spend for makeup during doldrums."
- Tom Julian
Giulio Patrizi Jumble Chair, giuliopatrizi.com; Indigo cashmere; Blue glass stem lamp.
Similar to the “Lipstick Factor” in cosmetics, adding a bold red lamp or deep cobalt throw pillows to your space is a quick and less expensive way to feel better in your surroundings.
Look for blues from bright Cerulean to deep navy and indigo. Reds will range from fire-soaked Chinese red to bright pinks. Energetic yellows partner well with black and navy for a sharp contrast. Purple comes in all shades, from violet, lavender and amethyst. Turquoise will be very strong and works well when partnered with a variety of blues, while green moves away from an intense acid green to a more playful grassy shade.
Yellow Lounge Chair, segis-usa.com; Vintage yellow wire basket; Vintage plastic dinnerware
"People want to be cheered when the economy is in a slump. It's like the greatest time for music was the Swing era during the Great Depression."
- Gerald Celente
Alan Pepin / Creative Director
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