Pantone 2014 Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid

Design Tips from your Sarasota Interior Designers, Lancaster Interior Design
Contributing Writer: Keffie Lancaster, Associate ASID

I must admit I am a little biased in this year’s Pantone color of the year selection…Radiant Orchid! It’s been one of my favorites since I was a little girl. Shades of pinks and purples and all of the glorious variations can make for colors you either love or hate! Hopefully you will find a way to let this awesome orchid color shine into your heart and into your home! This color is sure to be a hit from the runway to the furniture store and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to add some Radiant Orchid into your collection. Let’s look at some ways to bring this color into the home, wardrobe and kitchen.SVL Feb 2014 Living Spaces MAIN photo

1. An accent wall is always a non-committal way to try a bold new color. And it’s just paint after all so if you change your mind, no worries, just re-paint.

2. Area rugs are fun when they are bright and energetic. Find a great stripe, a graphic print or even a botanical piece that brings in the Radiant Orchid, bright fuchsias and other hip colors.

3. Radiant Orchid can be paired with many colors from the spectrum. For a contemporary feel, juxtapose it with lime green, orange or purples. Feeling more traditional, try finding a floral image with our famous color or a simple check pattern. Plaids are coming back strong too so don’t be afraid to go a little bold.

4. Handbags and shoes are a great way to bring that trendy tone into the wardrobe. Radiant Orchid could really pop a solid black or white suit, be paired with khakis and beiges and be part of a color blocked outfit. You will find variations in raspberry, hot pink, and fuchsia.

5. Home accessories like candles, light fixtures, towels and art can also be fun and inexpensive. Pop of radiant orchid on a dish towel set, 4 coffee mugs in the glass front cabinets and a canister set and your boring java colored kitchen just came to life. SVL Feb 2014 Living Spaces Photo 6 small

6. Wallpaper is full of color these days also! Find a print you love and go crazy in the someplace unexpected like the laundry room, back hall or powder bath.

7. Jewels…find a pink sapphire to add to your collection, they are available in all price ranges.

Color can be scary and they should be….there are a lot of bad colors out there! Try this designer tested and approved color and you won’t be disappointed!




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Design Tips from you Local Sarasota Interior Designers: Lancaster Interior Design

Contributing Writers: Keffie Lancaster, Associate ASID and Bonnie Lancaster, ASID

One of the main reasons people seek out an interior designers is to help them take their great ideas and make them happen.  Interior designers are trained to focus on pulling trends & ideas together,  as well as perfecting the details.  Paint colors, wood paneling and accessories have subtle nuances that can  make the space go from “very pretty” to “wow knock our socks off”!  Follow some of these examples to make your space achieve that WOW FACTOR!

1.  Bold graphic wallpaper and bright colored furniture make for an interesting entryway.  A little bit of metallic, some retro prints and voila! Your space is trés chic!

2. Juxtaposing modern pieces with traditional fabrics creates a true eclectic look.  Here we see a funky mirrored chest, opulent violet velvets and a gingham check.

3.  What’s in the fireplace? We live in Florida right? So for 364 days a year you can have something pretty in the fireplace.  Try stacks of books, candles or live plants…a little life can go a long way!

4.  Mix and Match!  Prints, chair styles, artwork, who says it has to match.  If you want the match-y look, stop into a furniture store and pick up the room collection on the floor….otherwise start collecting your own looks from around the world.

5.  Bright Finishes and Colors!  Looking at our examples you can see how we captured such pizzazz in just a few easy steps by using bright colors, great simple artwork and fun painted furniture.  Don’t be afraid to paint that tired coffee table red or go bold with navy walls….it’s just paint! And you can always change it later when you get tired.

6.  Look behind the shelves and you will see our secret….wallpaper!  Big prints hiding behind the bookcase makes for a fun and funky way to display your collections.

REpurposed, recylced and reused…

What’s better than finding a hidden gem furniture piece? Finding a completely unique and improved way to use it in your home or space! Re-purposing is without a doubt on trend right now and is a perfect way to keep some of your favorite pieces around by simply giving them a mini makeover. Re-purposed projects can be big or small, ranging from turning an old suitcase into a cozy new dog bed, or creating an eye-catching focal wall of shelving from old tables, the possibilities are endless!

There are tons of crafty ways to make an old piece of furniture something new and spectacular, take care in spending adequate time and research on the project of your desire and you’ll end up with a piece that will mean so much more! As you dream up your next big project, consider creating a unique and one-of-a-kind project with Lancaster Interior Design!Classic-Repurposed-Old-Furniture-With-Vanity by Chelsea Sheridan, Lancaster Interior Design Intern

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Light Here, Light Now!

Whenever trends are discussed, color is always part of the conversation.  Mostly because a new fresh finish can dramatically update an outdated look.  Just like a fresh coat of paint brightens up a room, even when nothing else is changes, plating and powder coating products can shake things up a bit! A simple change in material, from crystal to wood let’s say, can modify the aura that is cast from your favorite light source.  After a recent visit in April to the High Point Furniture Market, we are able to spot new lighting trends that are rushing the retail world.



Our first stop is Emerald City!   Pantone’s 2013 Color of the year, 17-5641 Emerald, has everyone going GREEN!  We see lots of recycled green glass, antique looks and revived retro looks from the 50’s.  There are all kinds of great green sades out there, from aquamarine to bright emerald.  Green is soothing to your soul and green light is said to promote a healthy heart and lungs.   Seems like an easy way to create that spa-like feeling you have been hoping for in your home!

1.  The Green Crystal Globe $525  2.  Serena Chandelier $2000 3. Large Serena Chandelier, Emerald $2000 4. Hand Blown Glass Lamp $525



glamourNext up, Glamour & Glitz… These days everyone needs a little bling in their home and what better place to do it than with your lighting!   Glass, Crystals and quartz stones are rocking the market from many aspects.  Vintage flea market finds to contemporary fixtures are all acceptable ways to add sparkle and shine.

1. Glitz Crystal Sconce $150        2.  Euro Circle Sconces $150 3. Quantum Chandelier  $1125 4.  Versailles Chandelier $2200


Our last visit will take us to back to our roots, Au Natural.  Wood, shell, bone and crystals are a big part of today’s designs.   Recycled and repurposed items are also making their way to the retail arena.

1. Quintessence $2200 2.  Driftwood Lamp $575 3. Alabaster Lamp $450 4. Wood Carved with Dangles $875  5.  Vito Bone and Wood Chandelier $82

Contributing Writer: Keffie Lancaster, Associate ASID

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