Wythe Blue HC-143, Benjamin Moore
Tufted Rug by Thomas Paul $439-$1,897 (various sizes), Bobby Berk Home, 805 Peachtree st. nE, atlanta 30308. (404) 874-3812 bobbyberkhome.com
INSPIRING“SPACE: Room design by Elizabeth Elsey
New Traditional Arm Chair by Century“Furniture available To the trade, Century furniture Showroom, atlanta decorative arts center, 351 PEACHTREE HILLS AVE. NE, suite 212, Atlanta 30305. (404) 869-6768; centuryfurniture.com
Windy Chair in Highland Leather by Montis $2,475, Context Gallery, 75 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., atlanta 30303. (404) 477-3301; contextgallery.com
Three-Oven Cooker in Pistachio by Aga $16,290, aga-ranges.com for local showrooms
New Traditional cocktail table by Century“Furniture (404) 869-6768
eos mirror by currey & co. (877) 768-6428 or curreyco.com for retailers
5-Quart Tilt-Head Artisan Series Stand Mixer in Persimmon by KitchenAid $299.95, KITCHENAID.com FOR RETAILERS
Faux Bois Pillow by Thomas Paul $95, THOMASPAUL.com FOR RETAILERS
London Bridge Fabric in Fire by F. Schumacher AVAILABLE To the trade, F. Schumacher, ATLANTA DECORATIVE ARTS CENTER, SUITE 503A, ATLANTA 30305. (404) 261-2742; fschumacher.com
Moroccan Dessert Plate by Jayson Home $18, (800) 472-1885; jaysonhome.com
Martini Side Table in Persimmon by west elm $129, West Elm, 260 18th St., Atlanta 30363. (404) 541-9310; westelm.com
INSPIRING SPACE: Room design by Kay Douglass
Persimmon 2088-40, Benjamin Moore
Altamura Armchair by Casamidy $950, casamidy.com
Nixon Dinner Plate by Jonathan Adler $16, jonathan adler, 1198 Howell Mill RD., ATLANTA 30318. (404) 367-0414; jonathanadler.com
Herring Cone Vases $179, large; $89, small; dwellstudio.com for local retailers
INSPIRING SPACE:“Room design by Tracery Interiors
Verona lamp in Smoke by mottega available in custom colors, shapes and sizes through The Mercantile, 1430 Dresden Dr., Suite B100, Atlanta 30319. (404) 816-0060; Mercantile-atlanta.com
Revere Pewter HC-172, Benjamin Moore
Kirk Buffet by Oly Studio $2,090, max & company, 425 peachtree hills ave. NE, sUITE 26, atlanta 30305. (404) 816-3831; PHOEBEHOWARD.NET
connie cocktail table by mitchell gold + Bob Williams $1,245, mitchell gold + Bob williams atlanta, 3081 Peachtree Rd. ne, Atlanta 30305. (404) 869-1770; mgbwatlanta.com
Custom Arne Jacobsen Swan“Settee in Dove Remy Ikat by Madeline Weinrib Price upon request, madelineweinrib.com
“We find a cooling of the palette as we move into 2012,” says Sonu Mathew, senior interior designer with Benjamin Moore, “which reflects a sense of calm inside our homes and environments.”
And so blue—a calming, comfortable color family, and a longtime crowd favorite—will move to the forefront. (Wythe Blue—a “softer, more livable blue with a modern edge”—takes the stage as Benjamin Moore’s color of the year.) In a home, blue pairs beautifully with a variety of wood tones, whites and grays, as well as other shades of blue for a layered effect.
Also fitting for the times is the way the hue, as a cooler color, affects our experience of a room by rendering it more spacious. “If you come back to the idea of the economy and people scaling down, it’s interesting that blue opens things up,” says Mathew.
Perk up with Persimmon
Copper, pumpkin, persimmon—whatever you want to call that vibrant rusted orange hue—is all the rage in 2012. As a warmer color, it balances those cooling blues because, after all, colors only make sense to us within a spectrum, Mathew explains. “You have to vary color so it doesn’t get boring. So we’re seeing fun injections of color like persimmon that warm up the palette.”
The spicy and provocative shade of orange will pair easily with cool gray for a combination that feels oh-so modern. On the flipside, the hue can just as easily swing retro. “In a nod to the 70s, it will work with brown, as well,” says Michelle Lamb, internationally known color forecaster and editorial director of The Trend Curve.
“That’s going to have legs—oh my gosh, that’s going to do well.”
Gray: A Modern Neutral
2012 is a pivotal year for gray, Lamb says. “The newest grays will fall on two different sides [of the spectrum]; they’ll be counter trends. One gray will be so cool, you might mistake it for blue. On the other side are grays that warm up almost as a taupe.” As a neutral, the hue will make a handsome backdrop for bright trend colors (think cool gray with spicy persimmon, synthetic yellow or vibrant purple).
While gray may be an of-the-moment neutral, according to Mathew, it’s also a classic hue. And classic neutrals will always be in style. So slather your walls with gray, opt for some punchy accessories and fear not that the look will fast become dated.