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9.21.2010

The Colorless ATL


I was at the House Beautiful Design Institute Keynote Panel last Thursday and the topic was "Big Trends, Fringe Moments and the Color of It All".  In a post later this week I will recap Newell Turner's four big trends right now.  They are really great and I love them all, but today's post is on COLOR.

Moving to Atlanta was a big aesthetic change.  The south views interiors much differently from designers and consumers in California.  To simplify: southern interiors are often colorless.  Okay, at this point you can argue with me about the subtleties of blueish grey and greyish blue and that creme is a color, but Atlanta is really lacking color interest.  You can point to designers such as Decor Demon's Brian Patrick Flynn and John Oetgen who are doing loads of big bright in-your-face color, but generally Atlanta designers are known for soft neutrals and pastels.  Don't get me wrong, all of these are beautiful interiors, but I am ready for something fresher and more vibrant in my adopted city.





I am looking for clients who are not afraid of a mustard couch or a aubergine velvet chair.  Clients who are not stuck in the formality of the old south, those that want bold pattern (not talking chintz here), want to bring in pieces from their travels (mexican wrestling masks, chinese silks, balinese bells!), those who want escape the world of safety beige and be adventurous!  Below are images from some of my favorite California designers.  But don't forget that the King of Color is from Atlanta.


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