Color Trends

I am going to preface this post by first saying a huge THANK YOU to David Webster and his “gang” at Webster & Co. for making this all possible!  Sally and I can only begin to imagine the time and energy it took…  Sally is going to co-write this piece with me, so you will also hear her voice.

We’ve saved the best for last, not counting the restaurants, food and wine, which would involve several more posts… (We’re happy to oblige.)  We were so impressed with the Nobilis Paris showroom layout and fabrics, we visited it twice. First, to simply take in the lovely new fabric lines. Second to meet with Eric Valero, their Creative Director, where we had an opportunity to discuss their new lines in more detail.

Eric Valero, Nobilis Creative Director and Sally Wilson; photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Sally particularly liked the great discussion she had with Eric, which ranged from why Nobilis uses particular mills for particular products, to the availability of yards and threads throughout the recent economic recession.

While we were chatting with Eric, the President of Nobilis, Denis Halard, dropped by to say “Hello.” We played dress up with their new fabric offerings…

John Kelsey; Eric Valero, Nobilis Creative Director; Denis Halard, Nobilis President; photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Their vignettes presented the fabrics beautifully! Sally notes the deep richness of color they are showing. Very saturated.

Nobilis vignette, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Paired below is a soft color, of a rich cut velvet, but with that saturated hue in the toss pillow.

Nobilis vignette, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Can’t you just picture yourself here? Here we are in the upstairs Nobilis lounge. A riot of color, but so sophisticated and assured. No color fear here.

Nobilis vignette, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Rich, deep colors. tones and textures…  Love that pop of yellow in the cording!

Nobilis vignette, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Other color ways of the fabric shown in the above toss pillow.

Nobilis fabric, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

An example of their gauffrage velvet, which gives an upscale look to absolutely Anything!

Nobilis fabric, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

I love their new look to their scenes. This is a printed pattern, and look how detailed it is, and how rich the colors are. You almost want to pluck a leaf from that tree, it is so real. There is a freshness to the scenes – nothing directly out of the China of the past, and yet the scenes are of past Chinese life. You have to see it and feel it to realize the difference.

Nobilis fabric, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Here I am admiring, and feeling, one of my favorites: a large geometric. This is so classic, you can never get tired of it, and yet it is fresh and new, with its bold scale, and its subtle color variations.

Nobilis fabric, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

A fabric type that Nobilis does so well – the textured stripe. A velvet stripe coexists with a soft tone on tone texture, and then that stripe of cut fibers creating an almost fringe! Fantastico! Formidable!

Nobilis fabric, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

We were also invited to an intimate wine tasting in an apartment around the corner from the showroom, which gave John an opportunity to view the interior architecture of a smaller scale Paris residence.

Lovely…

Nobilis wine tasting, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

The apartment door was very narrow. John was very excited to see the very same trim profiles we had seen in Versailles and the Louvre.

Nobilis wine tasting, Photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Sally was ready to move in…  (Why not?)

Sally Wilson at Nobilis Wine Tasting, photo by Wilson Kelsey Design

Hope you enjoyed our show room tour!

Cheers,

sally and John

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This picture got me to wondering. Why is it that most interiors in New England are painted white or beige?

Sally and I both agree, the floor is fantastic!!! Very cool door hardware, too!

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On March 1st I was invited to be a guest writer for New England Home magazine’s blog, which I felt honored to do. There is so much to say about color, that I am doing a companion piece here on our blog.

My favorite color since I was a child has been yellow. There is an entire book on evaluating the personality of people who like certain colors. (Since evaluating people’s personalities is a difficult thing, then I don’t see why we shouldn’t expand into every arena to try to get to the bottom of it.) This was done very successfully and with fun filled gumption by author Carol Ritberger, PhD, in her book: What Color Is Your Personality?

book on color and personality

What Color Is Your Personality? by Carol Ritberger, PhD

According to Dr. Ritberger, there are only four (4) color personalities, not 12, not 24. They are red, orange, yellow and green. I think it is interesting that 3 out of the 4 are Hot colors. (I will refrain from saying anything about world peace right now.)

No matter what color you are, you will sound wonderful, full of your best attributes (usually only your mother tells you ALL your best attributes, and we need that, don’t we?) and you might recognize a fault or two. But we all have faults, if we can just forgive ourselves one or two.

My acquaintance with this book came from a fun filled weekend with my college roommates in Scottsdale, AZ. One of my friends is a music therapist, and therefore really connected to personalities. She gave me this “quiz” and I turned out to be a “Yellow”. I was so happy to be a yellow. “Yellows” are fantastic, creative, “Brilliant in every way”, etc. etc. She sent me a photocopy of what yellows stand for, and I had it on my office bulletin board for a very long time.

My best friends took the book “quiz” at the same time, and as I recall, they were both greens. I was shocked that they were not also yellows, or at least Reds! How could they be my best friends and not love the same color, or have a hot personality like me? We reconciled this difference over a glass of wine and dinner. Believe me, best friends since first meeting in college, and no book is going to come between us.

green and yellow parakeet

A Parakeet for Sally?

If I’m a yellow, perhaps I’m like this parakeet, which combines yellow with green (my friends) so well. (If you read my New England Home blog piece, you will know it was about bird colorations.)

Or maybe I’m like that “lesser” bird of paradise, yellow and white with a backbone of brown. I haven’t selected my bird yet, but paradise sounds awfully nice.

Birds of paradise

Nothing lesser about this Bird of Paradise

I would recommend this book on color. It is fun to read, great for a weekend with your old friends, and it has that special knack of making you feel wonderful about whatever color you are.

Oh, I was going to go on with more serious things to say about color, but let’s save that for another day, shall we? Come back and see me.   Sally Wilson