Every spring and fall Pantone announces 10 fashion colors for women’s, men’s and interiors. Four of Pantone Spring 2016 colors – a pale blue, a dark blue, a lilac-gray and yellow are especially important for interior design. To create maximum impact you need to pair these colors with the right designer rugs. Learn how 7 top designers create glamorous interiors by juxtaposing Pantone’s Spring 2016 blues, gray and yellow with the perfect designer rugs.
Pantone’s Spring 2016 colors contain a pale blue, a dark blue, a lilac-gray and a bright yellow.
“Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.” From Pantone Spring 2016 Colors for Fashion and Home
“A maritime-inspired blue, Snorkel Blue plays in the navy family, but with a happier, more energetic context. The name alone implies a relaxing vacation and encourages escape. It is striking yet still, with lots of activity bursting from its undertones.” From Pantone Spring 2016 Colors for Fashion and Home.
“As in most any season, the need for neutrals arises. Essentially a basic, the subtlety of the lilac undertone in Lilac Gray, adds a distinctive edge to this classic gray shade.” From Pantone Spring 2016 Colors for Fashion and Home.
“While the majority of the Spring/Summer palette trends toward calmness, a few diversions from the theme emerge that offer a contrast. With Buttercup designers reveal a shining beacon transporting its wearer to a happier, sunnier place.” From Pantone Spring 2016 Colors for Fashion and Home.
1. Start a traditional living room design with a pale gray-blue silk geometric rug. Upholster sofas and ottoman in plain fabrics of different textures and slightly different shades of blue. Upholster a pair of chairs in a darker blue blue floral print and another pair of chairs in a beige small scale geometric patterned fabric. Add more warmth with yellow drapery, yellow flowers and gold accent pieces. Layer in darker shades of blue with pillows and accessories. Heighten drama by lacquering the ceiling in white and painting the walls gray as in this living room in an apartment designed by Steven Gambrel in a 1912 McKim, Mead & White limestone building on New York’s Upper East Side.
2. Build contemporary dining room design around a blue and gold designer rug. Layer in several shades of blue by lacquering walls in a medium blue, and using purplish and grayish-blues for the drapery and dining chairs. Heighten drama by lacquering the floor in black and the ceiling in white. Add more warm colors with art, accessories and wood tones as in this dining room in a Manhattan residence renovated by architect Peter Pennoyer and designer Victoria Hagan.
3. Pair a Snorkel-blue geometric rug with Buttercup yellow accent pieces. Upholster the sofa in gray leather and chairs in a warm beige. Paint the walls and ceiling white and create pop with accessores in Pantone’s Buttercup yellow as in this living room in Sara Story’s Gramercy Park, New York apartment.
4. Pair turquoise-blue with a brown designer rug. Paint a vintage folding screen bright turquoise trimmed with white. Add layering by upholstering some chairs in a pale gray-blue silk and the dining chairs in brown suede. Create pop with golden-yellow picture frames as this dining room in the Kansas City, Missouri home of Hallmark Cards visual-merchandising executive David Jimenez.
5. Define a seating area in a yellow bedroom with a gold and blue Bessarabian rug. Create a layered effect by using different shades of yellow on the walls, drapes, headboard, bed canopy and upholstery. Heighten interest by mixing fabrics of different textures and materials and furniture of different traditional styles, in a mix of heights, shapes and volumes. Create pop with accents of red, blue and green as in this master bedroom in a Northern California home designed by Paul Vincent Wiseman of the Wiseman Group.
Asmara’s Bessarabian 5801GD Rug has accents of lilac-gray, pale coral, brown and white on a yellow background and is made by hand the same way 19th century Bessarabian rugs were made for the Russian nobility. It is not chemically washed and is safe for pets and children. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
6. Infuse a traditional living room with a contemporary vibe with a white and yellow designer rug and yellow contemporary chairs. Add drama by lacquering walls in medium brown and wood work and ceiling in white. Upholster a pair of contemporary chairs in yellow and the sofas in brown in fabrics of different textures and materials. Create pop with cool colors such as green and blue as in this Dallas living room.
The Bombay 1325CY Needlepoint Rug has antique yellows and white and is handmade with handspun wool and is not chemically washed and is safe for pets and children. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
7. Create pop with Buttercup yellow walls, red upholstery and a multicolored needlepoint rug. Make sure the needlepoint rug has touches of red and yellow as well as cool greens and blues as this will make the room feel balanced. Avoid matching colors too closely so the room looks “collected but not decorated” as this living room in architect Alison Spear’s newly renovated Hudson Valley, New York farmhouse.
The Flowing Coral 1214CR Needlepoint rug has coral, red, yellow, green, aqua blue accents on a cream background and is made entirely by hand. The rug is not chemically washed and is safe for pets and children. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.