Muted Color Plans in Design

As you have read and seen in this space previously, Pantone announced last month that it’s Color of the Year for 2014 was Radiant Orchid. However, with that already said, more muted color plans in design continue to have a serious and sophisticated following.

Well thought of Los Angeles based interior designer, Michael Berman, was recently quoted as saying, “my favorite palette is anything muted and Deco-inspired: rose quartz, amethyst, topaz, olive, whiskey and raisin, colors that appear to be filtered through smoke and sunlight”.David A. Keeps supported this by telling us that, “for many decorators, bright primary shades can still feel uncouth.”

As you can see above, our Pewter sandblasted Texas limestone does its part to contribute to a softly muted interior plan. No one part of this room overwhelms any other part…..clearly the design intent!

To continue on this theme, we recently had the opportunity to catch up with an old friend, Mr. Neil Merkowitz. Neil is a graduate of Alfred University’s School of Art and Design and produces fine ceramic tile work at Moore-Merkowitz. According to Neil, they have created a “washy muted palette” of tiles that “go well with stone”. The English Iris below exemplifies this well!

Muted Color Plans in Design

Moving to the Great Pacific Northwest, our friends at Pratt and Larson have a storied history of producing subtle ceramic hues and tones. The founding Portland artists Michael Pratt and Reta Larson know muted color schemes in interior design as well anyone. The simple but effective image below hints at that skill.

As we wrap up this post, perhaps we have helped you become your own “sherpa” in finding a more muted design plan,. As always, thanks very much for reading.

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