We all love spring, and its annual promise of a return to slamming screen doors, long lazy days, and a cool drink on the porch. Summer is a care-free time, and that casual feeling translates into the design style that will highlight the coming months. Here are the 4 trends for warm weather, and there is seasonal fun for everyone.
Nautical nods. By land or by sea, summer is the season to pull out all the sea-side stops!
Bright, BRIGHT, B R I G H T S. Don’t be shy when it comes to color. Summer is the time to let your inner preppy shine.
Make a statement with motifs. Summer is the time for light-hearted fun, and a themed rug adds interest in a snap.
Outdoor living. Barefoot –friendly and easy-care polypropylene rugs visually ground outdoor furniture on a porch or deck. They brighten transitional high-traffic areas while simultaneously collecting the errant beach sand we all secretly love!
Decorative pillows add a dash of wow and visually pull together furniture in a room. They quickly transform a bed, chair, or sofa from ho-hum to yum, and provide a place for weary heads to rest..
Placing accent pillows requires following a few simple rules…your own! We love being symmetrical and balanced one day, tossed together the next…accent pillows make it easy to bring your personal style to life.
We have collected some of our favorite studies in symmetry for your inspiration…and contrasted them with a group of perfect pairings that coordinate, but don’t matchy-match. No matter your style, pile on the pillows for texture, visual impact, and a comfy landing spot.
To see artisanal detail that makes Company C pillows so unique, click here.
Upholstered furniture is a major investment, so picking the perfect pieces to enhance your home (and your comfort!) takes some careful consideration. The following tips will help you find the pieces that are just right for you!
Look for quality construction. The sofa of your dreams should last for years provided you look for the best construction within your budget. Avoid pieces that are simply nailed or glued together…they will not stand the test of time. Look for a kiln dried hard-wood frame, doweled and tied construction, or sinuous spring construction. Company C uses only sustainably sourced kiln dried hardwoods featuring double-doweled eight–way hand –tied construction. Sure, we have high standards for our design and construction, but this ensures we deliver the highest quality. One quick quality test is to lift the sofa about six inches off the ground. If both legs elevate off the floor evenly, you have a solidly built frame.
Sitting pretty or spreading out? Determine how you will be using your sofa and chairs to initially consider the right size. A more formal setting may require only sitting space for guests, but if you are going to settle in and nap or read, look for a sofa that is at least 84 inches long and 40 inches deep. Consider cushion count as well. People avoid sitting in groups on a sofa if the cushion count does not match the number of individuals to be seated. If your perfect piece is over 7 feet long, elect three cushions. If 6 feet or less, look for a single bench cushion.
Know your style personality when choosing fabric. Upholstered furniture is an investment, so be sure you pick an upholstery fabric that will serve you for years. Patterns are a great way to bring depth and texture into your living room, and we love to mix them at Company C for a custom and one-of-a kind look. If you are not especially daring, select a solid that works with your rug and wall color for a more monochromatic look. If you are somewhere in the middle, accent your solid-colored choice with nail heads and welting that contrast for added visual interest. No matter your style, remember decorative pillows can add the WOW and bring it all together.
Pick the right place. A new sofa can transform your room on its own, or as a part of a complete re-design with other upholstered pieces. Positioning the sofa across from a fireplace may make a room feel narrow, while placing it against the farthest wall will welcome you and your guests into the space. Rather than spreading all your new seating out, create intimate seating areas for conversation, or group for easy TV viewing in a family room. Placement is a big consideration, so here is an easy way to prevent selecting the wrong size furniture, or worse….moving it multiple times to find the right home! Lay newspaper on the floor arranged to mirror the sofa’s dimensions. This will help you to visualize your perfect piece(s) to ensure you don’t select something to big or small before the heavy lifting begins.
Our room planner is also a great tool to use to help you visualize your space. You can select from pre-built room templates or build your own based on the dimensions of your room. Simply drag and drop the pieces of furniture into the space and then click on the products tab to select one of rugs to complete the look.
[teks-cher] : Texture defined is the visual (and especially tactile) quality of a surface. While color is important to innovative room design, texture plays an equally important role in creating spaces that are both personal and memorable. Texture’s importance to interior design elevates when rooms and their pieces are composed of neutral and like-toned monochromatic elements. Without texture, these rooms feel sterile and starved for visual depth. Surface qualities, while complex in design theory, can be distilled down to two basic thought processes which are easy to understand.
Smooth and Shiny Textures:
Reflect light and feel cooler
Make objects seem visually lighter
Are more modern and sleek in appearance
Rough and Matte Textures:
Absorb light and feel warm
Gives an object more visual weight
Are more casual and inviting in appearance
It’s easy to add texture and warmth to a space that feels visually empty. A woven throw and accent pillows in velvet (See our Larissa pillows in all the right colors) add welcome and visual dimension to a couch or chair. Embroidered detail and European linen create casually elegant texture in our Echo collection for the bed and windows. Bare wood floors are highly reflective, and given their smooth and uniform finish, often feel visually cold. The floor is a great place to anchor the room in texture. This season we have used bamboo-viscose in dressier rug designs, including our exciting Echo rug. The modern geometric design of this textural piece is punctuated by a high –to –low cut and loop pile of wool and bamboo viscose. The bamboo viscose brings shimmer and shine to the design……and takes the texture to another level!
Designs for Colorful Living. At company C, these are the words that define as a company, and guide everything that we design. Each December, we eagerly await the announcement of the color of the year from the authorities at Pantone…..the world-recognized standard for color consistency in design, and the international proclaimers of annual color trend. From rug and textile design to the clothing you will be seeing at your favorite retailer, Pantone’s color decree shapes the coming seasons. This year was especially exciting as Pantone announced two influencers: Rose Quartz and Serenity. This is the first time that a pair of colors has been named. For 2016 and beyond, pale pink and soft blue will subtly influence everything in the market from shirts to mixers, and of course, home décor.
The people at Pantone live color as much as we do……they debate shades of blue to ensure that anyone can differentiate between navy, indigo, and cobalt hues. But how does Pantone predict the color(s) that will influence design? Here are the high notes:
International fashion runways set the pace. From Paris to Milan and New York, Pantone will study color trends during fashion weeks, and how those hues are translating onto the street and into real life.
Art collections that are travelling with heavy publicity influence the color selection process, as do trends in the auto industry. Pantone looks for color messaging across varied and diverse touch points to find color commonality, and from there establish direction and inspiration.
Color(s) of the year are selected to reflect the collective mood of the times, and as a result these are the colors expected to resonate with customers.
As rose quartz and serenity begin to enter into your product selection process, remember that throughout the season their hues and color values will be adjusted by designers to meet interpreted consumer response. And if you hate soft pink and pale blue? You only have to wait eleven more months to learn what Pantone will fancy for 2017!
Check out some of our new spring products that features these hues…
Outstanding design begins with an inspirational spark, and our new Agra rug is no exception! Of this textural masterpiece Christine Chapin, our Chief Color Officer and lead designer remarks, “A trip to the Taj Mahal in Agra, India inspired our Spring 2016 Collection. We were so enamored by the Mughal emperor’s romantic display of love for his wide that he built this magnificent architectural wonder in her honor.”
And while a statement of love twenty-two years in the making, and a true wonder of the modern world, the Taj’s inherent architectural beauty has never been surpassed. Constructed of white marble, and accented with a scrolled floral design of inlaid precious gems including agate and jasper, The Taj seems to glow in the light of the full moon. Part of a vast complex of outbuildings and gardens, the Taj and its environs were designed around the principle that each piece of the monument would stand on its own while constituting the whole. This is the same philosophy that guides arabesque ornamentation, and the design of our thoroughly modern interpretation, Agra.
We love to mix it up here at Company C, especially when it comes to patterns! We are often asked for advice on mixing and matching motifs, and it is the easiest way to create a custom and personal look. There are no hard and fast rules, but these five tips should help you embrace pattern and forget about solid neutrals for a while…
Select one favorite pattern to be the monarch of the room. Work in two more patterns designed to highlight and accent the dominant motif.
Scale your pattern sizes. Select one large, one medium and one small pattern if you are brave, one medium and one small pattern if you are just getting started with pattern…..you can always accent with a larger pattern later!
Let color provide the continuity. Choose patterns that share a common color to create unity, or that share a less significant color as an accent.
Use a solid element to create harmony. For bed design, a flat sheet or shams in a coordinating solid color can be used to separate and delineate two bold patterns.
Add unrelated pieces to bring it all together. Decorative pillows with artisanal accents and design elements differing from everything in the room will add pop, and a throw will bring textural dimension.
And we know some of you will never give up your solid and perfectly matched sheets. You can still add pattern to your bed with a duvet cover and shams, or a quilt and quilted shams. Both add warmth and design dimension, yet each has its special nuances to consider when picking the perfect piece for you.
A duvet cover is intended to encase a down or poly-filled comforter, and in the true European tradition, serves as the equivalent of a flat sheet as well as the warm bedding layer. While many use a flat sheet in conjunction with a duvet cover, the cover itself is easily removed to be washed with the other sheets. Matching shams are available.
A quilt is also a warm top layer with insulating batting sewn into place between a front and a reverse layer of cotton. Often detailed with intricate stitches, quilts are an easy way to add warmth and interest to a bed.