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Fall 2011: Pantone Fashion Color Report

FALL 2011-THE ART OF COLOR- SENSIBLE AND SPIRITED: Pantone, the global authority on color, recently declared the fall 2011 colors as the season’s most important color trends after the survey at the New York Fashion Week that was held during February 10th to 17th, 2011. These trends will be prominently employed by designers across the world while they design their patterns/colors/design for the season.Taking cues from the great masters, sepia tones of old Hollywood, Chinese opera, cityscapes and countryside, designers are paying close attention to texture, contrast and color for fall 2011 — pairing menswear with feminine twists, warm prints with cool metals, incorporating both old and new influences, and creating an intriguing balance between colors.

“Designers take a painterly approach to fall 2011 by artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an artist would construct a stunning work of art,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Much like a painter’s masterpiece, there is a certain romance to this season’s palette.”

Bamboo, a surprising fall hue, brings a warm, exotic flavor to the season. Like a filtered sunset on the waning days of fall, Bamboo is a standout yellow with a subtle green undertone. This dappled shade pairs dramatically with several of the top 10, including Phlox, Teal and Honeysuckle.

Radiant Emberglow, a traditional autumnal tone, emanates the warmth of a glowing fire — the perfect panacea to the crisp air of fall. Combine Emberglow with Coffee Liqueúr for a classic look, or with Honeysuckle for something a bit more retro. Add a spark with shoes or a handbag in Emberglow, or perhaps a patterned scarf combining purpled Phlox or Deep Teal.

Offering a sense of continuity from spring, dynamic Honeysuckle adds a bold punctuation point. This playful, reddish pink works with any other color in the palette, especially fall staples like Coffee, Liqueúr and Nougat. To add some intensity, pair it with complementary Bamboo. Flirtatious and festive, Honeysuckle produces a healthy glow — great for cosmetics and holiday soirees.

Phlox, a magical, deep purple with a hint of mystery, is an outstanding statement when worn on its own. Add Phlox to this season’s neutrals to create a bit of drama, or combine it with Cedar, Deep Teal or Coffee Liqueúr for something extraordinary. To add even more excitement, pair Phlox with Honeysuckle or Bamboo against a Cedar background — a combination inspired by Mother Nature.

Evoking the freshness of a cool mist in a dark forest, Cedar is a versatile, mid-tone neutral green. It is a natural with Deep Teal, and sophisticated and timeless with Phlox or Orchid Hush. Deep Teal, a strong, blue-toned green, suggests ocean depths and the color of the sky as daylight descends into darkness. A great standard when used with Cedar, its color-wheel neighbor, Deep Teal is also a unique counterpoint to Honeysuckle.

Consumers continue to add stability to their wardrobes with neutrals. Rich, decadent Coffee Liqueúr brings a sense of elegance to fall, and is a savory alternative to basic black. A deliciously warm camel tan, Nougat is tastefully embellished by Phlox, Emberglow or Honeysuckle. Orchid Hush, a unique tone of gray with complex orchid undertones, blends well with any other color in the palette. Quarry, a reliable medium gray, remains, as always, a practical, dependable staple.

Similar to the women’s palette, men’s hues take a painterly approach for fall 2011, but with a few nuanced variations, depicting a more masculine style. Reliable basics, including Nougat, Coffee Liqueúr, Cedar, Deep Teal, Quarry and Cadet, anchor the palette for menswear, while vibrant accents like Bamboo, Burnt Sienna, Raspberry Wine and Phlox add pops of vivid color.

Taking orange in a more masculine direction, Burnt   serves as the standard, fall classic. Accent pieces including ties, scarves and pocket squares in this warm orange are a must. Providing men an alternative to Honeysuckle, Raspberry Wine has more sparkle than the merlot, making a statement with vital red characteristics. The assemblage of Deep Teal, Cedar and Raspberry Wine is a spectacular composition.

Cadet, the perfect marriage of blue and gray, is another indisputable classic, serving as a dependable backbone that can be worn from season to season. Magical purple Phlox blooms against a neutral background of Nougat, Coffee Liqueúr and Quarry.

Report Courtesy: Pantone

15 Best Ways to Use Throws in Home Décor

Adding a throw in a living room gives a completely different look and style to it. Throws are both functional and visual accents that can bring in interest with their punch of pattern and texture. There are various ways in which throws can be used as a décor element as well as to provide warmth in cold climates.

Here are 15 best ways to use throws in home décor.

1.       A neutrally hued throw brings along all the other colors in the room as a scheme.

2.      Placing a throw on the sofa back generates a cozy and appealing ambiance.

3.      Using an assortment of textured throws can add up to varied style and textures in a simple living room.

4.      Placing a throw on the armrest gives a trendy and sophisticated look.

5.      Coordinating the throw with decorative pillows/cushions on a sofa gives a fashionable and chic look.

6.      Adding a bright colored throw on a muted sofa adds sparks of color in a room.

7.      Having a warm knitted throw on the couch next to the fireplace looks very inviting in the winter season.

8.      A patterned throw in bold color creates focus in the otherwise muted bedroom.

9.      Placing a cool colored throw on the bed enhances the feeling of relaxation.

10.   Using 2 differently colored and textures throws together creates a flamboyant look.

11.    Outsized and bold hued throws make the space look dramatic and impressive.

12.   Mix and match of various throws can create a youthful character in any setting.

13.   Tapestry throws look timeless and arty and you may make a statement with them.

14.   A warmer toned throw against a pastel/powdered backdrop brings in visual interest.

15.   A reversible/double sided throw gives you more options to add color.

Below are some pictures to depict some of the above mentioned uses of throws.

By- Lazeme


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By- Woman's Day

Decorative Pillows for Stylish Homes

In a very neutral, calm and muted setting, decorative pillows can bring in a lot of interest and charm. You may add style and glamour and create your own statement by just tossing them around in your living room. You may use very exclusive and creative decorative pillows in your homes to define your personality and add focus to the otherwise ‘unchangeable/difficult to renovate’ space.

Pottery Barn, a design studio in US, is famous for its exclusively designed and innovative product techniques. I personally love their collections and so I thought of sharing some of their design ideas with you all, which are exclusive to their website and stores. I am sure you all would love the play of colors and design techniques in each one of them.


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