Let’s imagine a classroom of very young students. They have learned the names of all the colors since school began. They are eager to learn and the teacher wants to expand their little minds.
So the teacher asks each student one by one what is their favorite color? And each child receives either a stern reply or a warm confirmation depending on the color each individual student chose. We learn to follow the leader.
Now let’s go forward many many years into adulthood. When the industry wants consumers to buy more product what do they do? They praise the new color. It’s shown in magazines and online as the best color you can have in your home. Bloggers pick up on this. That means other colors are seen as outdated.
One of the paint companies has selected a red as the color of the year. Red is one of the bad colors. Red, you are bad bad bad! That’s what I have run into online. It’s really fascinating to see such extreme reactions.
Uninformed consumers believe they are right on top of being ‘on trend’. What this says is they are not educated in their own taste. When someone tells you over and over a color is not worthy and to is to be mocked, it’s very much like a child in school being scolded by their color choice being not nice. Even adults want to feel like their choices are valued and found appropriate. This can be unfortunate for those that aren’t informed and don’t really know what they love yet. Those that are hired to help with these decisions should be able to work with many colors and be flexible. A bold color can be a neutral if it’s decorated correctly.
So let’s take red for instance. I am surprised and delighted by the announcement of red reigning for the next year. That means there may be more items to purchase in the future since they are pushing red. Which is a great thing if you love red.
If being trendy is important to you, it’s simply a matter of updating what is around the color. First be sure you love the color. Buy the on trend plants, you will see them on virtually every blog. Buy the on trend rugs . Or better yet, don’t have any rugs anywhere in your home. Just your wood floors. Your kitchen has to be all white and you cannot have anything on your counters ever.
But if you want a tasteful home that reflects you and is indifferent to trends then you are the smart one. I would say Instagram is much better at bringing more ideas and seeing real taste in homes you wouldn’t have access to normally. Honestly I do love flowers but I want to live in a home that isn’t dependent on flowers for color in the room. That is a sure sign for me that this isn’t working.
All of the following surroundings are completely different and personal to the space that is lived in. See the variety and individualism in each photo. That is very important. Individualism. We are supposed to be different. That’s what makes it all interesting.
Let’s have a good look at the red family, shall we? Fiery, sensual, romantic and combative, it is not a shy color for good reason. The red family includes many shades of red and includes the warm reds you think of in the winter and the cooler ones that are closer to the purple shades.
Kristen van Riel
Interior by Alidad @alidad_ltd
Mario Buatta Designer ~ Patricia Altschul’s Library/AD
Danielle Rollins library upstairs done by Miles Redd.
Danielle Rollins/ Miles Redd
Highclere Castle ~ Downton Abbey Red or orange, it’s in the red family.
It appears this is the other side of the room.
Bathing In Romance from Daisy Cottage