Yellow, in its many guises, is showing up all over the interior and fashion world these days. As a global color, it appears in ethnic textiles from around the world, combining seamlessly with turquoise, indigo, emerald green and the red family of hues from deep wine to coral. This sensibility towards folk craft and colors is interpreted locally and updated for each product end use, but the appeal of rich mixes of pattern and color is undeniable.
Blue is a perennial favorite. You’ll find it in conservative navy suiting, All-American faded denim, international indigo dyes, the turquoise of island waters, the purpled blue of heather and the palest blue hints in ice and bird eggs. Every value and every hue is showing up in fabrics, interiors, carpeting and furniture. It is also making a strong appearance in accessories. Especially new is when multiple hues are shown together on one item. And those trend-setting Italians – always a step ahead – are dazzling in cobalt blue suits! So, how does commercial wallcovering utilize this color family?
LSI Wallcovering, manufacturers of Versa Wallcovering, Second-Look Recycled Wallcovering, WorldWide Wallcovering and other major brands, recently hosted the National Guild of Professional Paperhangers. More than 50 NGPP attendees toured LSI's New Albany, Indiana manufacturing facility that supplies the company's worldwide markets.
Interior Design magazine editors walked the halls of Maison & Objet's trendy lifestyle show this September in Paris and noticed the following trends:
Metal made a strong showing...steel, iron, aluminum and copper in many forms and finishes, alone or combined with wood, plastics, cork or fabric upholstery. And vivid color exploded almost everywhere, from Droog’s striking new striped wallpaper collection by graphic designer Irma Boom, based on famous paintings in the Rijksmuseum, to the rainbow hues of handles on high-end Cristal cookware and Cookut’s whimsical kitchen accessories.
Angles, geometry, symmetry...all are part of the inspiration for the modern city chic effect of Urban Oasis by Versa. Structural elements are drawn from furniture, fabric and lighting as well as fashion for men and women. The crisp texture is highlighted by metallic washes of soft gold, rich bronze, cool silver, copper and white pearl, creating the appeal of an urban loft space. Matte finishes in neutral shades of taupe, cream, deep oxblood and navy are soft, yet play up the unique details and angles in Urban Oasis.
San Francisco's Embarcadero inspired Versa's new texture by the same name. Like this waterfront area, the wallcovering brings together many colorful and divergent influences. The wallcovering takes its cues from classic menswear styling, combining the craftsmanship of natural linens and wools with a new elegant horizontal crepe texture. Images referenced give the feel of masculine spaces, worn wood and aged metals. Refined haberdashery is always in style and works with all interior spaces. Gray is the new neutral, both warm and cool, and mixes well with warm browns and beiges.
Facility managers agree that one of the ongoing problems in hospital corridors are scuff marks on the walls from gurneys, carts and rolling traffic. The dilemma led one of the nation’s largest nonprofit healthcare systems to put out a call to action. The Dallas organization with more than 20,000 employees and 3,800 beds asked vendors to suggest a solution that was highly durable, affordable, resistant to damage, attractive, and able to maintain its appearance over a long lifecycle. Answering the call was international wallcovering manufacturer Versa Wallcovering and its new flexible wall protection called VersaGuard.