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Feng Shui Painting Part 2: Color Trends for 2011

I just attended a wonderful presentation on Color Trends for 2011. Hosted by Sherman-Williams, there are four “Color Stories” that are predicted to be hot in the new year.  Each color story is a set of colors that help to create a certain mood or theme for the home. Here are the four color stories, along with the paint colors associated with each one.  I’ve also included some pictures of interiors that I think reflect each color story nicely. Check it out and see if any of these rooms speak to you…

 1. “Purely Refined”: This feeling is all about understated elegance. Muted, calming colors and tailored furnishings create a sense of order and peacefulness. Here are the colors assoicated with the “Purely Refined” color story:

These colors make me go “ahhh”. Here is how I could see using them in a room:


2. “Restless Nomad”: Reflecting a love of travel, and a blending of cultures, this is an exotic, sultry feeling. Colors are warm, based on Asian, African textiles, as well as spicy foods! Here are the colors:

I love the mix of patterns that make up this look…



3. “Gentle Medley” : A feeling of nostalgia, love of vintage items, and the simple things in life, define this look. The colors are taken from the past, fresh and innocent:

The colors make me think of cozy spaces like these:



4. “Bold Invention” : For the brave at heart, this look takes inspiration from the art world, graffiti, and sculptural furniture. Strong colors dominate, such as:

Think fun and fearless:




1 Vickimgivens { 10.11.10 at 9:19 pm }

I’m at the point of wanting a new bedroom and have talked to Reiko regarding hiring her in the near future to help me with this project. I’m leaning toward the “purely refined” as I can’t think of anything better than coming home to a cool, calming space designed by Reiko at the end of the day.

2 Linda K { 10.12.10 at 3:23 pm }

Cool colors and designs! Thanks for posting this!

3 Reiko { 10.20.10 at 9:20 pm }

Yes Vicki, looking forward to coming to San Francisco to see you next month!

4 Yohanna { 02.18.11 at 6:05 pm }

Hi Reiko,
Just discovered your blog. I’d love to hear more of your insights and stories about how color can empower people in their spaces. I love the bold invention of the graffiti room! Such a playful and energizing use of color and design : )

5 Reiko Gomez { 02.18.11 at 1:17 pm }

Thanks for your suggestion Yohanna. I will make sure to post more pieces on using color to enhance and energize your space…check back soon!

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