Category Archives: Global + Cultural Design

Fall Fabric and Pattern Trends

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When it comes to this season’s design trends, fabric is huge!  And I dare say that wallpaper is making a comeback.  This means that we will continue to see a variety of fabulous fabrics and pretty patterns on the home decorating front.

Leopard print and geometric patterns remain ever-so-popular…

…And chevron patterns are still very fashionable and fun.

Global and cultural fabrics are also increasing in popularity.  These unique patterns always add a really cool vibe to a room — not to mention their striking colors and energy.  For cultural inspiration, look to London-based designer Eva Sonaike.

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Eva does a masterful job putting a modern twist on traditional African textiles.  I just love her collection of luxury pouffes and pillows.  Some are shown in the above magazine page, and here are a few more:

What’s great about using patterns is that you can get super creative by mixing and matching.  If you’re a little nervous about this, start with just two different patterns and work another one in later.  Go for patterns of varying sizes and colors.  Pretty soon, you’ll become a ‘pattern mixologist’ with a style of your own!

7 Spring Color Schemes {inspired by México}

Hola, color lovers!  I’m just getting back from a vacation in México.  My husband and I got some much needed R&R in the Riviera Maya, a beautiful resort area on the Yucatán Peninsula.  We spent much of our time at the beach, and we also toured the town of Puerto Morelos.  Mexico is such a colorful, vibrant country so I found tons of color ideas to share with you — just in time for spring painting!  In this post, I’ve curated seven color schemes.  I hope you see something that you’d like to try in your home this year!

We went on a bike tour in and around Puerto Morelos, a bustling beach town.  My husband and I rode on a tandem bike and he was the “driver,” so I was able to snap pictures as we rode along.  Unfortunately, many of my pictures came out blurry but I did get a few good ones.  The houses were so charming and colorful, and the vegetation was very lush.

A few more snapshots from México:

As you can tell, we had a great time!  I hope you enjoyed this post and if you want the names of paint colors that closely match any of the inspiration colors, please leave a comment or send me an email at kelly@porterhousedesigns.com.

Moroccan Design

The colorful interiors of Morocco are a feast for the senses.

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They are rich in heritage, color, pattern, texture and scents.  These beautiful designs reflect the best of the North African landscape and culture — the ocean, soil, fruit, spices, wildflowers, sun and sky.

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Moroccan interiors have classic Spanish and Moorish influences, so these designs are filled with natural materials {i.e clay and ceramic tile, metal and brass}, carved furnishings and beautiful fabrics.

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In these interiors, you’ll often see colors such as pink, red-orange, saffron, sapphire and other jewel tones that are sultry and saturated.  Moroccan design is also famous for comfort — tons of throw pillows, floor pillows and poufs.  With all of this, there is no better design style to find inspiration for our own homes.

 

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{Hot! Hot! Hot!} Colores

I don’t know about you, but I’m freezing!  

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The winter here in the Mid-Atlantic region has been frigid and snowy thus far.  So to heat things up a bit I’ve decided to showcase sizzling colors from south of the border.  Caliente!

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As a color lover, I totally heart Spanish and Latin American design — an aesthetic marked by hacienda-style architecture and pure, vibrant color that naturally gives you a feeling of warmth.  In Mexico, color is used abundantly.  For centuries, hues have been inspired by the sun, sky, soil, clay and indigenous plants and fruit.  A signature color that you’ll often see in Mexican interiors is called Rosa Mexicano.

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Rosa Mexicano is a very vivid pink that is often paired with orange and yellow.  Other popular color combinations include a mix of red, indigo, violet and mid-tone green.

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Although these colors are used in a way that is pleasing to the eye, the overall goal of the Mexican color palette is to emphasize the architecture, such as ceiling beams, arches, stairs, shutters and doorways.

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Colorful Mexican and Talavera tile is also used in a variety of striking combinations.

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One more…

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You may remember this photo from my ‘House of Paint’ post.  This house is not located in Latin America.  It’s the home of one of my clients, who bravely selected bold colors reminiscent of Guatemala — definitely one of my favorite projects.

Well, I’m feeling much warmer now, and I hope these photos have brought out the color courage in you!