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2012 Color Trends - Green is NOT it (for me).

According to House Beautiful & Brandwave.org, Green is the "it" color for 2012.  I know, it coincides with Spring (fertility, blossoming, new beginnings etc.) and has a fresh feeling from Winter's palette. Color Alert "Green" 2012-2013

Why try to force a hamster into the wheel?  I'm not buying it.  There's something a bit Dorothy Draper that doesn't fit my aesthetic, however I applaud designers who dare to use Green.  It's a risk, and sometimes it works brilliantly.  Steven Gambrel did a nice job in this traditional hallway, as well as James Aman for his use of Benjamin Moore's Tasty Apple/black combination.

Interiors by Steven Gambrel, Photo Courtesy of House Beautiful
Interiors by Steven Gambrel, Photo Courtesy of House Beautiful
Interiors by James Aman, Photo courtesy of House Beautiful
Interiors by James Aman, Photo courtesy of House Beautiful

I'm dedicating this blog post to my current color of the moment - Blue - Luscious, Cobalty, Clarity, Breeze on your Back - Blue.  Lately, I can't get enough of these pigmented, saturated hues which stride the lines between Primary, Indigo & Teal.

Cobalt_Blue
Cobalt_Blue

Each shade of blue tells a story...

The Cobalt Blue Family, Courtesy of Wikipedia
The Cobalt Blue Family, Courtesy of Wikipedia

Loving Le Creuset's Marseille Blue Bakeware

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marseille_blue_cookware

The Sicilian nod gained extra props with my Sicilian-born mother-in-law:

New Colorway - Le Crueset
New Colorway - Le Crueset

French artist Yves Klein patented "International Blue" in 1960.  My prior bosses, George Yabu & Glenn Pushelberg, own a Klein Table which encapsulates this perfect Blue pigment.

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patent_blue_klein
Yves Klein's Pigment Table
Yves Klein's Pigment Table

I'm inspired by the crisp white light juxtaposed with rich blues.

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santorini2

The aqua water is perfectly cupped against the blue sky.

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santorini1

My friend Ladyshark of LiveFastMag.com took this photo yesterday in Venice. What a difference a little color makes!

ladyshark_instagram
ladyshark_instagram

Finally, the thick blue glass below are a perfect compliment to an indoor/outdoor setting...

Thick Blue Garden Glass
Thick Blue Garden Glass

xoEB