2016 Colorado Interior design trend

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I am often asked for interior design trends and typically my answer is a new product, new technology, an interior design style, etc.  Right now however, my answer is not so straight forward.

My thinking is a large driving force in design is coming from outside the home  This is not out of the ordinary, but what is, is the  contradiction of  influence.  The turmoil in the world and our robust economy are colliding in interior design.

The world  is a scary place right now and as a result  I believe people tend are clinging to their homes .  They want more organization (in design as well as stuff management) and clarity.  However, on the other hand Colorado’s economy is booming and as a result  homeowners want their homes to match that excitement.

Clarity and excitement in interior design are sometimes contradictory.  However, with careful sculpting they play together.

The room shown, is one example of a room that has both clarity  and excitement.  Its overall feel is clear, crisp, organized  but not short on excitement.  The  colorful rugs, silk wallpaper,  and three sided fireplace add the pop.



Color for 2016 in Interior Design


The Pantone colors of the year are Rose Quartz and Serenity (typically there is only one color).

I am puzzled by this choice.  I was convinced it was going to be a shade of green?   Perhaps 2017’s color of the year will be a green.  I feel like green is coming back around after a decade of it not being a player.  Below find information about 2016’s choices from Pantone…


Whether in soft or hard surface material, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation. Appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy, the engaging combo joins easily with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle.

Parrish Art Museum Water Mill, NY


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The East End of Long Island is a very special place for me.  I have fond memories and I just love being here…spectacular beaches, interesting little towns, galleries and wonderful food.

This is going to sound strange but It looks  different  here too.   I have heard other artist say the East End has unique natural sunlight.  For me its that and more.  I see light here as if it originated from a prism – this is hard to explain.

A highlight of every trip to the East End is the Parrish Art Museum, a one of a kind exhibition space that captures the essence of the area – arty, still, light and unique. Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Neuron and Ascan Mergenthaler formed a partnership and prodcued this wonderful structure.

The building’s construction is post, beam and truss which allows the space to have an open artist studio feel.

Around the perimeter of the exterior walls is a concrete built-in bench.  The bench humanizes the building by introducing a human element and scale to the structure.


Bulgari Resort Bali

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While traveling around Indonesia, I was blessed with a stay at the Bulgari Resort in Bali. The interior design and exterior design is out of this world. I was blown away!

One of the many outstanding things was the use of lanterns.

The top picture shows the restaurant that has terrific ocean views and 20 or so electrified lanterns hanging overhead. It sounds busy but in reality it was surprisingly still and romantic.

The lower picture is of the entrance to the villa that we stayed in.  A single very high, arched modern sculptural lantern spots the entrance. Besides the sheer spectacular beauty it was very practical. A source of direct light high above provided a nice shower of light.

For me, the interior and exterior design of the Bulgari will stay in my mind for a long time (probably forever). I can recall so many details, like I am there right now.  I suspect that’s because the details were so remarkable.