Q&A with Ginny: Color Trends
Our chief design officer Ginny Snook Scott is an expert in organizing your home with style and personality.
The terrific thing about color is that you can organize and decorate with the trends, while still leaving room to update and upgrade later!
We interviewed Ginny about the biggest color trends that are influencing our custom closet designs this fall.
Green Apple door fronts in a California Closets walk-in closet.
Colorful Closet Design
Q: What's happening with color in design this fall?
GSS: We're seeing a lot of fun splashes of color on a neutral palette. I love this trend because you can be fashion-forward while still retaining the ability to update your look as trends change.
It’s easy to add throw pillows and rugs for bursts of color that you can change from season to season. You can invest in a bright teal throw rug this year and and easily change it when the next color trend comes through - without having to completely redecorate.
It's the same for custom closet design.
Translucent tangerine door fronts in a California Closets home office suite.
You can choose one or two drawers or doors of a storage unit to highlight in a color. You wouldn’t want to do an entire wall unless it’s a real statement piece, but adding a pop of color can make a big impact with minimal investment and without dominating an entire room. Plus, it's fun!
Color Trends with Custom Closets
Q: How are these colors tying in with California Closets products?
GSS: Our Ecoresin® color palette was developed with Pantone colors in mind. We’re following what’s happening in design trends, what people are asking about, and what's being featured in industry and lifestyle magazines.
There are seasonal and annual trends, so we secure products that match or anticipate those trends so that as our clients decorate their homes, we can design their custom closets with popular and current colors.
Colorful LED lights in a California Closets media center.
There are pieces we can add that match perfectly. It’s not unlike buying clothing in a collection and knowing that everything is interchangeable.
Our clients and design consultants love being able to choose from a variety of elements from textured wood grains and fabric panels to Ecoresin patterns and colorful door and drawer fronts.
Color Design Advice
Q: What advice do you have for people who want to add color to their storage system designs, but aren’t sure how to choose?
GSS: Rely on a professional to help you. Our design consultants work with different materials regularly and can provide great recommendations on where to add color.
In your discussions, think about a basic palette that you’re working from. It’s better not to go over the edge color wise with the cabinetry. Let the handles, doors and drawers be the expression of the personality. A lot of the personality of a system comes from the details.
Aubergine drawer fronts with sparkly handles in a California Closets bedroom wall unit.
Start small; you can always do more later. For example, paint one wall red instead of the entire room.
A great idea – regardless of what color you’re thinking of using – is to get a sample and live with it.
You do the same with paint by testing small sections of a wall. One option tends to emerge as your favorite after a few days.
It’s the same with accents. Get samples from your design consultant and stick it on the wall and ponder whether it’s something you’re going to enjoy looking at every day.
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Ginny Snook Scott
Ginny Snook Scott is the chief design officer at California Closets. She has over 25 years experience with California Closets and has helped over 1,000 clients create custom closets and organize their home. Connect with Ginny on Google+.