My favourite source for designer fabrics in Vancouver is the Robert Allen showroom.
When I arrive to select a palette for a client, there’s always someone available who is dedicated to helping me pull it all together and the best part is they usually have ALL the memo samples–in stock–so I can have them immediately. This way I can easily see what’s working, what’s not and if I’m seeing my client shortly afterwards, I don’t need to wait for a sample to arrive in the mail.
Maria Killam & Leena Mokkonen
This week when I arrived to finalize a palette I’m working on, Leena Mokkonen (above) was there as usual to help (she’s fabulous and can spot pink beige a mile away ; ) ; ) plus she’s a fellow Finn so that’s even more fun! When Russell Gurr, the Showroom manager, walked over to my collection of fabrics he said “It’s so nice to see such a colourful palette, that’s what we are known for!” He added that when Robert Allen first introduced their Colour Library collection years ago, it immediately became a big hit.
My clients sofa is a fabulous hydrangea blue (See a glimpse of the collection of fabrics here on my Instagram)
How often does your sofa get replaced? If the quality is good and no one sits on it, it could sit in your living room for 25 years, but most of us expect our well-used sofa to last up to 10 years.
So get a colour INSTEAD of grey or charcoal. And if you already have a grey one, well there are many ways to bring it to life so not to worry.
If you are considering grey and haven’t bought one yet, notice that you’re probably not looking at brown right now because that trend has passed. And there are a lot of brown sofas out there because it was considered a ‘safe choice’ at the time and now that ‘safe choice’ has moved to grey.
I’m just suggesting that perhaps it’s time to go for a colour the next time it’s time for a new sofa:
I love this shade of periwinkle blue. How could you not love this sofa for a very long time?
Interior Design by Samantha Pynn
This room is designed by Samantha Pynn, one of my favourite Canadian designers, but how old is it? It’s hard to tell because the colours are still fresh but I know this room has been around for almost 10 years and was decorated during the brown trend. You wouldn’t know that though because there is no brown here.
When did I decorate this living room? Usually, if a room was decorated in the brown trend the dead giveaway would be brown in the upholstery but it’s not here, so it lives, still today in 2016. This room was completed in 2009 (at the end of the brown trend here in the West Coast).
Turquoise became trendy again in 2002 with the brown trend. I distinctly remember this date because until then, everyone was buying sage green sofas. It’s now 15 years later and this colour is still going strong. Robert Allen had lots of new colourful books with turquoise.
Is navy blue the new gray? Only time will tell but it’s certainly a versatile colour.
Does red ever go out of style? I can’t remember if it ever has? Burgundy yes. Red, not so much.
Is pink too feminine? Not when it’s in a room like this.
This living room with the white bathroom attached will last longer than the grey trend which is why I wrote this post about the colour trend one year ago.
I hope you’re inspired to consider a colour next time you go sofa shopping!
In April, I led my Specify Colour with Confidence™ event in Charlotte to a fabulous new group of True Colour Experts and then I was at High Point Market to tour around and write my 2017 trends report.
How long are you going to wait until you’re really good at colour?
Learning design takes a long time, where can you go and take a giant leap forward in pulling a room together either with hard finishes or soft finishes? That takes years and years of experience.
Getting proficient in colour also takes years unless you do my 3 day event where I’ll share all my insider secrets that took me 20,000 hours to learn including the business of colour. What to charge, how to sell your new skills, how to build your brand.
I recently received this email from Julie Kay who was in my Chicago course last Spring:
I am excited to say once again how much it meant to me take your class in Chicago. It has changed my life and my confidence level. I have just received an opportunity to fly to Arizona to help with a new build from where I live in Michigan. I know this couple and by just briefly sharing my knowledge with them over lunch they asked me to consult with their project. So excited!
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