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Trend Watch Tuesday -- Royals

To add a new dimension to the blog for the new year (BTW--it's the blog's two year anniversary!), I'm adding a recurring feature called Trend Watch Tuesday. On Tuesdays (but not every Tuesday), I'll feature something trending or trend-worthy in the design world. In this business, I have to be mindful of trends. But that's not to say I advocate following them. Remember, one of my first blog posts was entitled "Navy Blazers" (about investing in timeless classics rather than trendy pieces). In this day and age, something is a trend for about a minute. But those that have legs end up influencing our interiors for years to come.

This Tuesday's Trend Watch is Royals. Elizabeth and Phillip? Kate and Will? Hardly. Royals as in colors. Colors identified with royalty are dominating fashion and furnishings. And these colors are purple, blue and gold.

Purple's association with royalty dates back to ancient civilizations. The difficulty and expense of making purple dye made it prohibitive for common folk. In modern times, look no further than New York designer Jamie Drake to see how purple is used in interiors. He's a master at it.

                         Drake Design Associates' Library for 2009 Kip's Bay Show House. Photo courtesy of www.drakedesignassociates.com

Eileen Kathryn Boyd, also known for her predilection for bold colors, made a splash with purple in her room in the 2011 Holiday House Decorator's Showhouse in New York.

                  

                                                               Photo courtesy of ekbinteriors.com

In case you missed it, Pantone, the color experts, named Radiant Orchid the color of 2014. This magenta-like tone was abuzz after New York designer Lindsay Coral Harper featured it in her library in the 2012 Cathedral Antiques Showhouse in Atlanta.

   

For those of us commoners, experimenting with purple is easier in less saturated hues. Think lilac and lavender. For those of us who are more daring, adding regal purple is a slam dunk with carpets and accessories.

         

         Clockwise from left: Harlequin Collection rug from Surya, table lamp from Priley Lane, Kyle Bunting ottoman

Royal blue became associated with royalty in the 18th century. In interiors, it's become trend-worthy after showings by New York designer Richard Mishaan in his 2013 Holiday House Hamptons Dining Room and in a library designed by Thom Filicia which debuted in Elle Decor last year.

 

                                  Richard Mishaan's Dining Room. Photo courtesy of Rikki Snyder for Houzz.com

 

                                            Thom Felicia's royal blue library. Photo courtesy of cococozy.com

Blue is so versatile and universally liked that it's easy for even color eschewers to go bold. This trend certainly has staying power.

 Left to right: Cowtan & Tout Seagrass Wallpaper in indigo, Romano Mirror and Jacqui 4-drawer chest by Bungalow 5

Metallics have been a trend in design for years. I see a revival of opulence and nothing says that better than gold. A typical finish in lighting and table bases, gold is appearing in fabrics and surface treatments as well.

                Left to right: Jonathan Adler Solange Table Lamp, Gilt Mosaic Tiles by Sicis, Dunes and Duchess Tiki Lamp


Stay tuned for more Trend Watch Tuesdays.