It’s always fun going to High Point Market and seeing the trends, and one trend that I keep on my radar is color trend. I love knowing what Pantone forecasts for the following season, and seeing if the High Point showrooms reflect these forecasts. And as usual, there are some colors that always do! One of the many colors from Pantone Spring 2015 Color Report that was evident throughout High Point is Scuba Blue.
Scuba Blue is a vibrant and energetic shade of turquoise that evokes cheerfulness and joy. It is a playful blue that is invigorating and exciting. Place this color in your home to add a pop of drama and fun. Even though this color is exciting and bold, it still offers a feeling of escape–reminding us of the ocean’s turquoise hues. After all, who wouldn’t want to be reminded of somewhere exotic, tropical and relaxing?! Scuba blue works well with most colors, but it looks exceptional with other shades of blues and greens as well–reminiscent of nature’s tropical palette. Pair it with black and white for a real dramatic look. Use this shade of turquoise as the main color in your sofa or chair fabrics and rug, or as accents in your pillows and accessories.
High Point Market was a blast; lots to see and lots of pieces to try for my clients. I am so happy to bring to you one of my favorite lighting companies, Fine Art Lamps. Fine Art Lamps’s origin began in the late 19th century by Max Blumberg in New York. They are known for creating unique and original lighting designs of beautifully handcrafted metal, hand-blown glass, and other unique materials with stunning finishes.
Fine Art is now located in Miami Lakes, Florida, and has over 700 skilled designers, artists, craftsman and associates working together. What is so wonderful about Fine Art Lamps is there is a fixture for everyone and that every fixture is completely customizable. So if your client is in love with a fixture but the size is not quite right or they want to use another finish, Fine Art can do it! They also have ADA compliant wall sconces, perfect for those commercial projects.
Fine Art introduced three new collections: Prussian Neoclassic, Natural Inspirations, & Ice Sculpture.
Prussian Neoclassic: Inspired by the Prussian designer Karl Friedrich Schinkel, who championed the neoclassical Greek Revival style. Bold lines traced delicately by fine cut crystal beads available in two finishes: Prussian silver gray and Brandenburg gold leaf.
Natural Inspirations: The glass sculpture drop lights are American made studio glass. The inspiration for this collection comes from nature, born from the elements of the earth.
Ice Sculpture: Gorgeous and elegant these light fixtures have sculptural crystal leaves with botanical accent berries, projecting from uniquely scrolling branches.
Below are images from their showroom featuring some of their new collections and other favorites I spotted in the showroom this market.
Wall panels and wall treatments can make an impact in a space. I’ve posted on several ways to wall panel a room, see it here, and today I thought I’d further delve into it with the use of shiplap. Shiplap is wood board that is commonly used on sheds, barns, etc. It is an inexpensive 1-inch rough sawn or 3/4-inch pine that is 3-10-inches wide with a rabbet joint on both ends. The rabbet joint ensures that the boards can partially overlap each other which makes it great for weather resistance & dimensional stability.
If shiplap is so great for outdoors why bring it indoors? There is no need for weather proofing or dimensional stability indoors because of studs and sheetrock. But what it does offer a perfect wall treatment design. What is the difference between horizontal wall paneling and shiplap? Because shiplap overlaps each board, there is a 3-D element that differentiates it from traditional wall paneling (board butted up against board). The overlap gives a small shadowy layer, adding depth to the space.
You can use shiplap anywhere, we mainly see it on walls or on the back of bookshelves. It is a more casual, relaxed look–often times seen in mountain or beach homes. There is not one place it has not been used–from bathrooms to kitchens, to stairways to bedrooms. So, are you a fan of shiplap? Tell me your thoughts.