Last week I attended Design Camp Seattle, put on by celebrity designers Lori Dennis and Kelly Ellis. The line up of speakers was amazing and I came away both inspired and informed. The opening speaker in Seattle was Bill Indursky, founder of the online shopping site V& M. Bill spoke on trends and as a color consultant I was interested in hearing what he had to say about Color.
Hang on to your paint brush because according to Indursky, the Gray trend is over and Beige is back… shocking I know! Seems like just yesterday (wait…it was yesterday) all we saw were shades of Gray. Now it’s all about Beige and Brown. I might have doubted this fact except when we walked into the Seattle Design Center where the Camp was held every single show room had nothing but Beige on Beige with dark brown wood furniture. In fact, there was not a Gray sofa or Gray wall in sight.
Bill explained the trend back to Beige is partly due to the popularity of the raw wood/industrial/rustic trend but bottom line is that people want to feel safe. Beige represents stability, durability, and plays off one of the other hot trends which is antiquity. Brown represents security and gives people the feeling of being connected to the Earth, organic and grounded. Seems like good qualities to have in our home considering all the stressful things that have been happening in the US lately.
The rule of thumb is that trends usually last for about 10 years. The Gray trend is only about 4 years old so if Beige is indeed the new neutral it will be interesting to see what happens to Gray.
So there you have it. Beige (and Brown) is back…Gray is SO 2012.
Oh, and Bill told us he always dresses in one of the major trends when he presents. His outfit is inspired by “The Ancients”. Greek, Roman, and Egyptian inspired elements are all trending right now both in interiors and in fashion.
What do you think about Gray vs. Beige? Do you think the Gray trend is over?
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