Why I’ve Ignored 2018’s Color of the Year

Why I've Ignored 2018's Colors of the Year Paint Company Photos

Color of the Year

Every year there is a major announcement of the Color of the Year. It predicts what color is trending and how you will see it everywhere. So the rush to unveil the colors is everywhere. Fashion runways, home furnishings, accessories – nothing is untouched with the blessed color and there is much fanfare.

Pantone Color of the Year 2018

Pantone Ultra Volet 18-3838

My first introduction to the term “color of the year” was through the Pantone Company.  Pantone is a world renowned authority on color trends. They are hired by major companies for forecasting colors for product design, graphic design, and fashions.  The Pantone choice for 2018 is Ultraviolet.Executive director, Leatrice Eiseman says that ultra violet lights the way for what is to come: exploring galaxies, newer technologies and artistic expressions to name a few.

Ben Moore 2018 color of the year

Caliente  AF- 290 from Benjamin Moore

Just when I thought that I had direction as to what was the hot new “color of the year,” paint companies started getting in lock step with the trend. Pantone’s big reveal of what colors are trending happens in December.  Not to be outdone, Benjamin Moore announces its color of the year. But guess what? Their announcement is in October. This year’s choice from Benjamin Moore is Caliente 

  Sherwin Williams 2018 Color of the Year

Sherwin Williams Oceanside SW 6496

Though they are all very different the one thing that I noticed with these three colors is how deep and rich they are.  Sherwin Williams chose Oceanside as the 2018 Color of the year. Look at the jewel toned nature of these colors.  That gives me a clue that saturated colors are back.  Rich colors that jump out at you, not just a backdrop.

Behr Paints 2018 Color In the Moment

Behr “In The Moment”  T – 1815

Every company jumps the shark, so to speak.  They want to be first.  They want to be different.  That is we should ignore the trend for the most part.  The trends will come and go.  But we live with the colors that we love and won’t tire of easily.  You love red?  Make it yours. Blue green reminds you of your favorite ocean side vacation?  Go for it.  But most of us are going to splash the color of  the year (of any one of these paint companies) here and there around our home in the form of accessories like pillows and other home decor items.

Have fun and embrace what works for you in paint colors.  You can paint again, but would you want to redo your whole house?  So my advice is to schedule a consultation with a certified true color expert.  At Mary Etta Designs, color is one of our favorite consultations. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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Holiday Table Settings Trends 2017 – Blush

Holiday Table Settings Trends 2017 - photo by Mary Etta Designs

Designers had me blushing at Holiday Table Settings Trends 2017. The icy pink rose’ color was featured everywhere at Laguna Design Center’s Entertaining by Design 2017  event. Blush has been a sleeper color that seemingly no one was totally embracing until this year.  Now, it’s a full blown color of the moment with no signs of slowing down over the winter holiday.  All you need is a touch to be on trend.

Holiday Table Settings Trends 2017 - photo by Mary Etta Designs

Entertaining By Design features holiday table settings trends by local interior designers every fall. The Laguna Design Center event is a nudge to get your entertainment decorating ideas flowing for the fast approaching holidays.  November 10 and 11 of this year featured a silent auction to raise money for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.  (I won a couple of bids!)  The holiday table settings trends 2017 had some traditional and some not so traditional surprises as I mentioned in this post.  But the one constant that I noticed was that blush is on trend still.

Holiday Table Settings Trends 2017 Ann Sacks Showroom - photo by Mary Etta Designs

Keeping in step with the holiday table settings trends 2017 blush colors was the Ann Sacks Studio.  The Ann Sacks brand features tile, stone, and luxury plumbing. The studio chose to feature the color blush in this holiday table settings California style and on the patio, of course.

Holiday Table Settings Trends 2017 Rose' All Day - photo by Mary Etta Designs

Ann Sacks at Laguna Design Center declared it Rose’ All Day while serving rose’ champagne and treats to complement and repeat their blush holiday table settings accessories. I may or may not have imbibed a tiny bit.

Holiday Table Settings Trends 2017

The glam holiday table setting shown above definitely shows how today’s holiday themes are a far cry from the traditional red and green of years gone by.

Holiday Table Settings Trends 2017 Interiors Designers Institute Students - photo by Mary Etta Designs

And hats off to the students from Interior Designers Institute.  They featured this beautiful and elegant table setting.  Notice the center ornament hanging above the table.  It’s color is blush!

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Holiday Table Settings

Holiday Table Settings Laguna Design Center 2017 Hugo Flores - photo Mary Etta Designs

Holiday Table Settings – What’s New This Year

The Laguna Design Center’s annual Entertaining by Design event is a pre-holiday favorite for me each year.  Holiday table settings presentations by local interior designers give you so many good ideas entertain like a pro. I always look for one of my favorite designers, Hugo Flores of Hugo Flores Events.

Holiday Table Settings Laguna Design Center 2017 Lodge - photo by Mary Etta Designs

Tucked away in the Baker Furniture Showroom was this master of events’ presentations for holiday place settings.  Hugo’s use of  traditional Christmas colors red and green was anything but traditional in feel.  Gold antler horns adorned the tree as a topper. They were placed at each table setting and used in the centerpiece.  Nutcrackers, plaid ribbon and a touch of black gave the table a formal but inviting feel.

Holiday Table Settings Laguna Design Center 2017 Mexican Heritage - photo by Mary Etta Designs

Living in California for the past 15 years has exposed me to so many other cultures than when I lived in the  midwest. This homage to Frieda Kahlo  reminded me of that.  Design & Consign’s studio showed us how to celebrate the season with a Mexican theme.  Designer Shawn Rettig had a larger than life table prepared with all the trappings of a fiesta.

Holiday Table Settings Laguna Design Center 2017 Traditional - photo by Mary Etta Designs

“Blues the Hue” is one of my favorite sayings that I have coined. You are always right with blue and white plates and accessories.  This traditional table setting will work for any holiday meal. I love the blue and white delft place setting and the mix of oriental jars and the chintz placemats. The pattern mix is a visual feast that makes your mouth water.

Holiday Table Settings Laguna Design Center 2017 Cris Kittrell - photo by Mary Etta Designs

Rustic and livable was the first impression that I got when entering and viewing Chris Kittrell’s beautiful table setting in the Fremarc Designs showroom.  She and her team approached their holiday table settings with a wooden plank serving tray as a charger!  They were a perfect backdrop for the charcoal gray porcelain holiday place settings ready for aThanksgiving meal.

Holiday Table Settings Laguna Design Center 2017 Whimsical - photo by Mary Etta Designs

Lest we forget, the holidays are not celebrated the same by everyone.  Holiday table settings like this were a beautiful surprise.  Beautiful and whimsical at the same time.   Holidays your way on display.

Holiday Table Settings Laguna Design Center 2017 John Wayne Saloon - photo by Mary Etta Designs

Most fun was the John Wayne popup shop that sold books and memorabilia relating to “the Duke”  and the Cancer Fund notably in his name.  The most innovative table was that of a card game  where a bit of libations were spilt and the card players had hurriedly fled the saloon.  Innovations Lighting was quite innovative in the design of the bar, including a saloon gal of the times.

 Can’t you just hear John Wayne’s slow drawl?  “Come on in Pilgrim.”

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