Because I consult with clients all over North America and they are all readers of my blog, I think I get into a bubble sometimes about design/colour and I start thinking it's the same everywhere. Especially because clients who read my blog and then hire me to help them, do so because they resonate with my aesthetic.
In reality though, colour trends start first in Europe, then arrive in the East coast of America, then they move to the West and then towards the middle of the country.
Interior by Maria Killam
This blog will be four years old October 31, so I can count exactly when the gray trend started here in the West coast and that was three years ago because that's when I started talking about it here.
When my first design website launched, I included photos of this brown master bedroom, (above) for example, in my portfolio back then, which I then deleted after my new website launched last year in September.
Backstage at the Design Show with Gabrielle Gaultier who was in charge of sound
By the way, I really enjoyed my first official speaking engagement to an audience of many more than the usual 15 – 20 I'm used to in my True Colour Expert Workshops!
I was fascinated to note that there were LOTS of kitchen manufacturers still showcasing espresso brown kitchens at the Calgary Home + Design show this weekend. It will be interesting to find out what the ratio is here at the Vancouver show coming up October 11 – 13.
After one of my presentations this weekend, I had a woman share with me that exactly three years ago, she tried to sell her Calgary house with a white kitchen. She even had several realtors tell her she should switch them out to brown, because her house would NOT sell.
Then, this year she put her house up on the market again and it sold instantly with her existing white kitchen intact.
So there's something to be said for renovating your house at the beginning of a trend. If you are at the top of the 10 year trend cycle then it's probably a smart idea to think about that when choosing whether your kitchen should be brown, gray or white?
However, installing a brown kitchen at the end of the trend NOW, will instantly make your kitchen look ten years old because that's how long that trend has been around.
This is a conversation I would like to have with all the builders in Vancouver because they are still installing espresso kitchens all over the city!
Why is it that we're so fascinated about what's coming next and then at the same time we feel so bossed around by trends because, like it or not, we are.
I think it's because it would be so fun to look into a crystal ball in our own life!