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The Power of Colour (Posted On: Friday, April 06, 2007)

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Bright colours, bold patterning and sophisticated textures are energizing home decor for 2007. These elements will be seen in furniture, fabric and accessories. They will influence our art and matting choices and determine which mouldings will best complement them for our homes.

We’ve all noticed bright colours filling the shelves at our favorite stores. It both energizes us and provides a positive confident platform for our art selection and frame design this year.

Colour forecasters study why colours progress in certain directions and how colour families gain prominence while others wane. After a long cycle of calming neutrals, we have entered into a strong and energizing colour palette including warm, clear and bright colours. This shift reflects an attitude of optimism in the country. This positive energy, think of bright sunshine, golden yellow, will influence the entire colour palette. As the colours become cleaner and clearer and more vibrant, they will become more yellow based. This will provide a warming for each colour, in contrast to the cooling neutrals we have become so accustomed to in the recent years.

This strong and vibrant colour palette will support and energize home decor this year via bold patterning in fabric, accessories, wall coverings, and of course artwork. Art will feature colour blocking and geometric, vibrant contemporary abstracts and fun graphics for all ages. And in a nod to the retro styling of the late 1960s and the early 1970s, these patterns featuring strong colour and geometric styling are popping up in highly stylized room settings, often juxtaposed with more traditional elements to add a new energy to the design. Think Warhol living in the same room with a Bergere chair and a Lucite table. This juxtaposition adds visual interest and extreme energy.

Another design juxtaposition to watch for will be the use of bold, over-scaled patterns on smaller scaled furniture. This unexpected use of large patterns and awning striped on traditional furniture styles will put a modern twist on formal interiors and create new energy, definitely 1960s inspired.

We can channel this energy and complement these designs by using either monochromatic or contrasting matting combinations and by adding a bright fillet under the mat or inner moulding for a "pop" of colour. To repeat the strong colour at the outside edge, use either colourful metal mouldings or brightly painted or laminated wood mouldings. Another great way to achieve a bold and dramatic design statement is to stack contrasting moulding combinations to repeat and support the colour story and to contain it energy.

Frame design choices will continue to evolve next year with a broad range of products featuring beautiful textures and surfaces, both in matting and moulding selections. Design elements to watch for will be authentic, deep carvings featuring wood and metal combinations and continued evolution of antiqued veneers paired with carved detailing and complex textures. Conversely, softer golds and silvers are emerging and adding sophistication to our design choice.

However, the most important trend will be a passion for great design.

Written by Margot Nicolson-Trott
Owner, Georgian Frame Gallery
172 Hurontario Street
Collingwood, Ontario


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