Sunday, March 25, 2012

Color Trends over 3 Centuries

Color trends over 3 Centuries
One of my favorite things to read about are color trends.  It is amazing to watch how colors change from decade to decade and you remember each decade from the colors in style in those decades.  Color trends change due to world events, technology advancements, fashion and design.

I just finished an article by Benjamin Moore explaining the color trends over three centuries.  Here is my summary of the article.

This was the time of High Victorian era.  The changes in the world that decade were the Second Industrial Revolution, The Brooklyn Bridge opens and the Eiffel Tower is opened at the 1889 Paris Exposition.  The use of ships and trains made travel more easy and trade between countries around the world.  People were moving to America and brought an eclectic mix of style and home interiors.

The colors were lighter as you see above the soft pinks and purples.

The events that era was the 1893 Chicago World Fair, the new patented on the incandescent light bulb and the emerging social classes.  The Victorian tastes/styles were getting rejected and the new trends were to functional space.

The colors were richer and more organic.  Art Nouveau style influenced the colors of the decade.  Use of gold, orange, brown, blue, olive green and poppy reds.

A new century which brought lots of new innovation into the world.  It was a era of luxury living for the wealthy.  The Cubist art movement started and influences the decade.  WW1 began and a new desire for women's rights began.  Clothing became more utilitarian.  The Bauhaus school started which stressed the design concepts of straight edges, absence of ornamentation and function.  The Arts and Crafts style started this decade as well.

The colors were still organic.  Yellows, teal/green, and orange were popular.

The colors of this decade is influenced by society shifting to a very practical mindset.  The Arts and Craft style still influenced design and the US was starting to be seen as an industrial power.

Colors shifted more deep and rich.  Ochre, olive greens, browns, red and a little blue.

Radio networks start and there is a large influence on new technology and materials.

The colors are cooler, hazy and more grayed.  Pastels and neutral colors become popular.

The great depression affects this decade and becoming thrift is the way of life.

The colors become organic again since the culture is shifting to back to the basics.  Use of muted tones of beige, brown, and rusts are used.

WW11 is in full force and the women move into the workforce.  the ideas of "Waste not Want Not" and "Make Do and Mend" are the way people live.  After the war ends the baby boom begins at the end of the era.

Color options are limited due to the war.  They are influenced by the war and are brown based.  Use of khaki, green, tan and hits of red & navy blue appear.

The US is in the glory of WW11.  The Civil Rights movements begins and the baby boom continues.  Television becomes the new medium for entertainment and changes the design of the family room.

The colors in this decade are more sky blue, baby pink and are a little more upbeat.

Kennedy is president and pushes the ideas of prosperity and innovation.  Baby boomers are teens and the space age begins.

Colors are more futuristic and playful.  you see copper, brighter psychedelic colors

Civil rights, space exploration and women's rights advance and a new concern for the environment affects the US.  Disco dominates the music as well as a punk and funk movement.

The colors of the decade are unforgettable.  The use of earth tones, browns, gold orange and avocado.  Oak is the wood of the era.

It as know as the decade of excess "more is more".  The economic boom triggered the use of pastel and white in design and fashion.

The colors in that decade were cooler and more gray.  Mauve, dusty blue, mint green and black and white granite.

It was the electronic age and the introductions of the web, email and texting.  There was also a green movement as the concern for global warming began.

The colors shifted more organic.  The use of jewel tones like burgundy, jade green, navy blue and golds.

A new century begins and 911 changes everything.  The economy shifts and the housing market drops and the US moves into a recession.  The decade also sees a movement of mass customization and an Individualism.  The computer influences and dives a very fast pass lifestyle with a balance of environmental dearness.

The colors used in this decade are silvers, orange white, red, and lots of shades of greens ranging from acid to grayed.

I do love following color trends and I will write soon about the interior color trends of 2012.  There is a shift to more grays and not as much brown and lots of blues, yellow and greens.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Tips on organizing your closet

Tips on organizing your closet.
Spring is here and it is the perfect time to change out the heavy winter clothes, bring in the fun colorful spring clothes and organize your closet.  

I LOVE changing out my seasonal clothes because it gives me time to bring back pieces I loved and purge items that are not worn as much or are looking tired.

Below are 5 simple tips on organizing your closeting and keeping it fun!

Tip 1- Keep the space fun like a boutique!
You want to enjoy your closet so make the space fun to be in and organize your closet so you can see it all.
        • Add a fun right accent paint color in your closet to keep it fun and fresh.
        • Add in fun art.  I have pictures of shoes in my closet
        • Change your light fixture to a fun fixture like you see in stores.
        • Use old furniture to store your clothes.  Like a bookcase or hang wall shelves and place your sweaters, bags or shoes on them.
        • Go to your favorite store write down what displays you really love and figure out how to create that at home.  I bet you can make it work!
        • Organize your accessories so you can see them all.
          • I hang all of my belts and scarves on an IKEA towel holder.  I love it since I can see them all and it adds a fun pop of color.

Tip 2 - Color code your clothes
    • Organize your clothes by type (tops and bottom) and then color code them.
    • As you can see, I have all of my tops color coded on the top of my closet.  
Color coding your clothes allows you to see where your holes are.  For an example, I tend to have a lot of orange tops right now and by doing this I can see I have a few but my blue section is small.  

I also pick clothes by color so it makes decisions faster.

Color code your pants and skirts too.  It really helps you know what you need and spend your money wiser.  

I also organize my shoes by color but I will not show you all a picture since I have lots of shoes!

Tip 3 - Always refresh/organize your closet every Spring and Fall
  •  When you are moving the other season clothes out, make a note if you wore it a lot or not.  If not Toss it!
  • Don't keep things in your closet if you have not worn them in over a year.  They are holding up space for something else you might love.

Tip 4- Have a place to play our your weekly outfits
I love to sleep so every Sunday I plan my outfits for the week.  This allows me to sleep in a little, rotate my clothes and make sure I am wearing variety every day.

  • Add in wall hooks or something you can hang out the week's outfits in advance so you can be better prepared each week.
  • Have a full length mirror in the space so you can see what the outfits look like before heading out the door.

Tip 5 - Invest in quality not quantity
In my 20's I would buy lots of clothes that was cheaper and did not last me awhile and were very trendy.  Now I am in my 30's I am working on buying quality pieces that will last me years and not go out of style.

I will post in the future about some of my stable items in my closet.

I sure hope you all have fun the next few week making your closets a fun place to be in, organized, fresh and current.

Don't forget to post questions or comments on what you like or don't like on the blog.