Hold on to your Dr. Martens, put Oasis on repeat, and grab your flip phone folks. The 90’s have taken hold of fashion (socks with birkenstocks, anyone?), and it’s leaking pretty quickly into the home and some of it is looking really good. Fashion leads color trends, we all know that. But, sometimes they hit and sometimes they don’t (Marsala-gate, 2015, which we tried ourselves here.. cough cough tablecloth). Usually it takes at least a season if not a year for it to catch up in the home realm and sometimes they never do (Radiant Orchid which was a pretty annoying looking purple). This year I’m going to be writing a lot more on these trends and how to actually use them in the home in a more timeless way.
But first I wanted to talk about the four winter colors that I’m absolutely loving right now. These four colors are in, they are your friend, get used to them.
1. Muted greens: Fine, I know that is more broad than a simple color, but most darker shades of green are super in: olive, hunter, pine, jade and then sage and moss green are also getting equal attention. I can’t get enough of all of these pretty shades. Dare I say that green is the new blue? Shame on you, Emily (cut to the president of ‘The coalition of blue for all Americans’ calling my agent and firing me on the spot as their spokesperson). These greens are more muted, less saturated. Emerald, aqua or anything too primary are taking a backseat. This season its more neutral and soft, like Meryl Streep.
2. Rose: While blush is still wildly in fashion, its taking a more sophisticated, muted turn this year in the home. It’s still pink but with a lot of brown in it, making it softer, less saturated, and more calm. I’m very excited about using this color this year all over that baby room (more to come soon).
3. Dusty blues: Don’t call it ‘cornflower’ for fear of scaring our moms, even though it can border on that, too. Either way, it’s a grown-up pastel that has more gray in it than it does on the runway, and its looking mighty happy and sophisticated in the home these days.
4. Beige: Wait, WHAT? We say ‘taupe’ and ‘ivory’ and even ‘greige’ like it’s no big deal, as if we are somehow above beige now, but it’s all a shade of beige, isn’t it? This year all those creamy neutrals are being mixed together and leaving us in a neutral, yet modern heaven with beige being a strong player. Stark white was the trend for years, but no longer. While I need to certainly get more into this, a quick tip is to mix it with more modern colors. If you go the beige, brown, cream look you are dangerously close to 90’s suburbia. Mix with black, white, ink navy, blush pinks and modern finishes (brass or copper) to make sure that it stays firmly in 2016.
Are you into the 90’s color trend? Marsala didn’t stick but I seriously think these will, do you agree?