Color Trends for 2011, Part II: Global Color and Pattern

House Beautiful

With the ease of communication and travel to all parts of the world, it’s no wonder that the greater world would make it’s way into our inner sanctuaries. The second part of our color trend series for 2011 is all about going global when it comes to color, pattern and textures. The Sherwin Williams color palette Restless Nomad, with colors like Indigo Batik and Gypsy Red, is your ticket to faraway countries and exotic cultures.

The rich color palette that ranges from deep blues and purples to bright pinks and golds, might be too strong for some. However, these bold colors paired with intricate Moroccan patterns and earthy textures just add another layer to the tapestry. This is a look for a world traveler and collector or for those who are inspired by color and culture, even those with more modern tastes. Woven textiles and intricate woodwork can be paired with modern pieces (like the white pedestal dresser in the first image) for a fresh take on contemporary and worldly.

House Beautiful

In this bedroom, a  right-off-the-shelf room with beige carpet is transformed with deep eggplant paint and layers of colorful textiles. In the images below, the background paint colors are neutral but the fabrics and textures are complex. Rainbow stripes and are paired with kilim pillows and rugs and there seems to be no rhyme or reason. There doesn’t have to be. It’s all about the layers, so go ahead. . . layer on the color, textures, and prints and be happily mismatched.

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