- Gray is the new black
Gray has always been a very versatile color that goes well with so many things, but this year it's taking center stage as the perfect neutral. Gray is stylish, sophisticated, and glamorous. Pairing various grays such as charcoal, silver, slate, or subtle gray with more vibrant colors like sunny yellow, sapphire, magenta or forest green can have amazing results.
- Popular colors include Navy Blue, Turquoise, and Pantone's Orchid
Bright colors are big this year and we're seeing lots of amazing interiors that include these gorgeous, bold beauties.
- Graceful curves and geometric lines
The perfect blend of feminine and masculine in any interior -- mixing graceful feminine curves with geometric shapes and straight, masculine lines can be a match made in heaven!
- Light, honey-tone woods
There's nothing like warm wood tones to brighten up a space, and they are definitely making a comeback this year.
- Metallics, jewel tones and bling are in
There's nothing that says 2014 quite like gorgeous splashes of copper, bronze, silver, Aztec gold, pewter, steel and antique brass mixed with neutrals and a dominant jewel tone. Ruby, Turquoise, Sapphire, Emerald and Amethyst are all amazing jewel tones and of course we can't leave out popular Pearl. Everybody loves a little shine and sparkle to liven up an interior.
- Saturated colors
Similar to last year, vibrant, saturated colors are still in. People are realizing more and more how important is to feel happy, and that the spaces that they spend all of their time in are a major contributor to that happiness. Cheerful tones are a great way to make interiors feel warm, welcoming, and uplifting.
- Natural colors
On the same token, natural colors are also big this year. It may be the 21st Century, but people are feeling a growing need to revitalize their connection to the earth, to "go green" and bring nature back into their homes. Earthy tones include but are not limited to muted blues, rich chocolate, espresso, tan, beige, red rock, forest green, avocado, and fern.
- Wood, hair on hide, and other natural textures
Along the same lines of #7, natural textures are big this year. You'll be seeing lots of rich, textural woods, furs and leathers, cowhide, and hair on furniture and accessories.
- Putting things together that don't match perfectly
In music, there is something called "dissonance", which is defined as lack of harmony among musical notes. While this may sound strange, dissonance can be one of the most beautiful aspects of music. In the same way, interior designers can use their own kind of dissonance by mixing colors, textures and patterns that might not seem to go together at first glance, but really make a statement when you step back and see the whole picture. We're seeing a lot of dissonance in interior design this year.
- "Less is more" when it comes to accessories
People are realizing that all of those extra accessories that they bought over the last few years are actually beginning to feel a little cluttered. It's back to basics with the old adage, "less is more" and keeping it simple.
- Sculptural artwork is incredibly popular
We are seeing so many beautiful new mixtures of sculpture and painting this year in a new fusion of art that adds a three-dimensional element to the typical two-dimensional art. What a fun way to accessorize!
- Bringing the outdoors in and vice versa
Last (but definitely not least!) everyone is finding new and wonderful ways to merge the indoors and outdoors into spaces that would really have to be considered both. In Hawaii, they call it the "lanai" and here on the mainland we call it fabulous! It's the perfect space to entertain guests or relax at the end of the long day, bringing nature back into our modern world.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
It's amazing how art is the difference and aura of an interior! That's why we are so excited to share these images from our most recent art installation at the EventMover Office in Irvine, CA. They had a fairly large white office space, which meant quite a few walls that needed character. We helped them finish their office with paint, final furniture, art and accessories.
When we had our initial consultation with EventMover, they were pretty clear about what they wanted: a peaceful Japanese Garden feel with lots of waterfalls, bamboo and scenes of nature. So we set to work giving them a large collection of our art and photography along those lines. They ended up selecting most of the pieces from our fine art photographer Tien Frogget as well as a few pieces from our talented artist and photographer Ricardo Vela. We decided to go with a combination of framed metallic prints and large canvas wrap pieces and the Photomation team did an amazing job bringing them to life.
Art is one of the most important elements of any interior -- in fact, it can make it or break it. Often times even the most beautifully and carefully designed spaces just look unfinished without the right art to complement it. Or worse, if the wrong art is chosen for the space it can take away from the impact of the interior completely. When the right art is chosen for the right interior, magic happens.
The thing is, choosing the right art for a business like this one isn't just about aesthetics. Creating the right atmosphere for a working space like EventMover is critically important because having a peaceful and visually appealing office contributes to higher productivity and efficiency in employees. For more information on some of the scientific studies that were done on this topic, read our previous blog post, Did you know... art helps you live longer and healthier? A small investment in art can actually pay off down the road by improving employee mood and in turn increasing productivity.
Here at OC Designer Source, we specialize in choosing the right finishing touches for interiors. We make it so easy for you to have an optimized space by choosing the right art and accessories and making it work within your budget. Let us use our expertise to transform your business office.