As a color forecaster, it is Denise Turner's job to look for trends in colors. She works with manufacturers of all kinds to create a palette they can take back to their companies. So where does her inspiration come from? "From everywhere," she says. "I look to the economy, political and social movements." For example, a soothing green is always big when the economy contracts, while yellow is the color of optimism. Consider how the two shades blended in the fabric of Michelle Obama's inauguration-day outfit, and you can see the cautious optimism of a country represented. We asked five local interior designers what colors they're seeing on the horizon.
- Mickie Beverly, Ruth Joffre "I've seen a lot of foam green, citron yellow and gray. Luckily, in this economic climate, these colors make sense. They work well with the browns and blues that many have already invested in."
- Ellen Norris, Caryatid Interiors "I am seeing lots of grays and sea greens with cream. Paint walls, baseboards and trims the same color. It opens up the whole space and makes a room larger and more contemporary."
- Betsey Moore, Turn Key Interiors "Balance your neutral grays with a high punctuation of color. Paint one wall in kiwi or tangerine. Bring in bright throw cushions to liven up sea-glass shades."
- Tayne Renmark, Renmark and Associates "Navy is making a resurgence, and orange is huge. Most importantly, though, you should look good in your own home. Look in the mirror, see what colors flatter you and choose them for your décor — especially the bedroom."
- Sarah Hale, River Hill Workshop "I wanted a clean backdrop, so I put spring's prettiest green on the ceiling. It immediately made the large room feel more intimate and cozy."