When looking at elegant Indian Silks, I feel almost mesmerized and enchanted by the shimmering jewel tones. As we know, silk has the reputation of luxury and the bright colors woven throughout the piece tell its story. It is almost impossible to glance at a piece of silk just once, for you may miss the mysterious “between” tones that create the most exciting, unexpected result.
What is the range of greens, yellows or gold that one could find in all the forests on earth. Go to the ‘painted desert’ in the Southwest of the U.S. in Spring and you will be mesmerized by the almost infinite seeming color variations on display. The sheer range of color choices available when considering an interior palette is as vast as any that could be seen, created or imagined.
These lovely colors, some of the most beautiful in nature, are also flowers of the same name. These tones perfectly represent the fresh and delicate season of Spring. It’s not that these colors feel out of place in other seasons; On the contrary. It’s just that Mother Nature reminds us each year, when Winter’s chill is finally behind us in April and early May, that these exquisite hues; blossoming lilac trees, Texas bluebonnets, pale lavender, fresh violets and periwinkle, are truly some of the most beautiful in the entire color spectrum.
Often an object noted to be timeless isn’t appreciated casually but is beloved as something that has earned special distinction. Something that once created was soon elevated to a high aesthetic plain and stayed there unaffected by neither the passing of styles or time. To include a timeless element therefore as part of an interior setting is at least in part a formula for certain success. The quality of timelessness guarantees the chosen element will be especially valued and will never lose its power of appeal.
Elegance is a powerful term. When something or someone is referred to as ‘elegant’ it is heard and received as one of the highest of compliments. This is particularly true in the world of Interior Design. Ours is a visual medium. Our eyes know it first but it’s our subtly refined sensibility, our sense of artistry, culture and intellect that forms and informs us best and shapes our appreciation for design, materials, color and arrangements. As we in the design community are essentially, as I often say, ‘in the business of beauty’, having others call our results ‘elegant’ is not only important, it is paramount.
Continuing the conversation on color usage or lack thereof in American residential interiors, it seems very true that the ‘color’ palette most commonly preferred is a quiet neutral one. White itself gets dissected endlessly and carefully for its subtle shading choices (warm, neutral or cool). One single light neutral tone for all public space walls is often the choice to support all other design decisions.