Violet and plums made the forecast for 2010 and are gaining importance for 2011. 'Plummy', a deep plum inspired by gems, botanicals and food ... is a great replacement for red in a dining room.

Jackie Jordan, Director of color marketing, The Sherwin Williams Company


Look for lemon, dark citron, rose dust, blueberry, cobalt, indigo, peacock, turquoise, even super-hero blue - thanks in part to the recent opening of a show dedicated to super-hero-inspired fashion at the Costume Institute in NYC - are making a splash throughout fashion.

In all areas of décor for Europe and North America, blues that remind us of sky and water -- inspired by environmentalism -- remain prominent, even in the kitchen.

Blue is on the horizon (no pun intended) as a statement for the new decade. It represents a calming influence, something we certainly can use in these uncertain times.

Brights in general will be important in 2011, especially the colors of the equatorial cultures such as India and Brazil... They're especially usable when you see the palette mixed with complex neutrals.

Kate Smith, Color Strategist, Sensational Color


 You will see more Palace blue once again this year. This is and always will be a color that designer’s will always have ready at hand.  It doesn’t matter what type of business, or who the target market is, this blue is safe, pleasing, and dramatic. Perfectly unisex and suitable for business that are funky or formal.   This color is perfect as a foundation for any palette.

Look for blue's most subtle shading — such as the pale blue-green called "oxygen" — on walls. It's very popular.

Be daring such as with this Provencal-Secretaire-Desk in Eddy West's Cloudy Day Blue finish.

Although Blue Iris was Pantone's color of the year for 2008, don't expect blues to go away completely since many variations often complement the sunny yellow orange of this year's Pantone color of the year 2009: Mimosa.

Try mixing calm colors such as pale blue or gray with unique textures (think curtains or funky wall hangings) to really punch up a wall.

We haven't seen a whole lot of wingback chairs since "The Cosby Show."

"In the '80s wingbacks felt so upper crust, and they needed a rest," said Michelle Lamb, an internationally recognized trend forecaster based in Minneapolis. "Now they feel refreshing."

Wingback chairs are even appearing in modern furniture catalogs. Their shape is being used for settees, headboards and ottomans.
Old wingback chairs can be spiffed up with fashion-forward fabrics.

Balance is a fundamental principle in nature, with harmony its universal intent.
Light, air, water, and earth are the elements of nature and when echoed in design, help us to achieve a sense of peacefulness and tranquility.

“I think we will see a rise of more eclectic and organic designs. 
Clients will need more advice about mixing and matching what we have with what we find and making it work.” 

Blues are going to be very important going forward - everything ranging from light sky blue and spa colors to rich and deep blue black purple.  I call the trend "Into the Blue" because the palette encompasses deep ocean, blue sky, and night blue

Kate Smith, Color Strategist, Sensational Color


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