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The Color Forecast At Paris Design Week Was Right...

Updated: Oct 15, 2022

I don't know about you, but the pandemic has REALLY messed with my sense of time (among many other things...). I feel like 6 months ago I was packing for Paris Design Week, but it was over 2 years ago!

For those who don't know, September 2019 I was able to attend Paris Design Week and experience all the city has to offer for interior design. It was an unbelievable experience and as they gear up for the event again this year I can't help but feel nostalgic for that trip. As the pandemic continues, the dream of being able to return has once again been postponed. Fingers crossed for a triumphant return to the beautiful city of Paris in 2022!

That being said, as I reflected on my trip it occurred to me that the color forecast at Paris Design Week was right...

And I need to eat crow.

Flashback to September 2019, I was sitting in a color forecast seminar at the Maison&Objet. The presenter announced that gray had been moved into a neutral category after years of popularity. Makes sense! But that we should prepare ourselves for a return to warm tones in the coming years. I scoffed.

I remember thinking how pervasive gray and cool tones were in the Portland metro area at the time and that warm tones (similar to those we saw in the 70's) would never make a triumphant return. Well here we are 2 years later and what is everywhere? Warm tones. Turns out I was completely wrong!

What are my favorite warm tone accents out right now?

Pops of Blush.

I am a huge fan of rich jewel tones that pack a punch. The problem is you need balance and boy do small pops of blush do the job! Blush is a color that when used in large quantities can be overwhelming, but when paired with a rich dark navy or hunter green add just enough depth to take the edge off the bold color.

Leather or Faux Leather Sofas.

They are so durable, especially with kids and pets! What color should you choose? I love camel! It compliments well with multiple color palettes and is a great choice for a warm statement piece!

Textured Off-Whites.

Every room needs texture. It's where the eye gravitates for interest and depth. One of my favorite ways to add texture? A chunky throw or pillow in a nice warm-white tone. Off-white has a way of making your dark accents pop. Add in the texture and that pop now feels like a hug!

Are you a fan of warm tones? I have to admit I don't love rooms that are flooded with warm tones, but I am a huge fan of complimenting cool tones with a warm accent. Let me know if you need help finding the perfect warm tone accent for your space!

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