Years ago “Earth Tones” were the rage. Neutrals that were the color of Nature offered a feeling of warmth and security. Even the lightest shades of neutral had a yellow/golden base to them to create creams, alabaster, and beige. In today’s trends however, neutrals can range from cozy to dramatic but the shades lean cooler in hues with bluish undertones opposed to the sepia soaked color palettes of the past. The most prominent color palette recently has been varying shades of grays, from pale to taupe and everything in between.
As layering varying shades of white/gray and neutral evolves, we see the use of strong contrast by adding accents in dark charcoal and Onyx. We’ve harnessed these emerging trends for maximum drama in one of our newest collections from our Reserve Library. “Onyx and Ivory” is a curated collection of embroidered patterns, jacquard designs, prints, woven textures, and jacquard velvets. The majority of the collection being Carole Fabrics Exclusives, allowed our team to adjust colors, designs and production aspects in order to make sure the balance between light and dark was perfect for each and every fabric within the collection. It is amazing when we see what a statement color alone makes on an impact pattern for a room.
Black and white patterns lend an important element of design with their use of contrast, which can embolden an otherwise simple design and bring a higher level of intrigue therefore transcending a space. Compare these two tropical patterns for instance. “Take a Minute Noir” has beautiful balance of stark white embroidery against a deep black ground. The push and pull from the light and dark create a beautiful decorative fabric. “Tropical Paradise Noir” is also a tropical motif however creates high contrast through the use of the flowing watercolor patterns layered over a jet-black background. The darkness in the background makes the colorful botanical patterns pop from the fabric.
The Carole Fabrics RESERVE Collection offers a wide range of color palettes, but our new “Onyx & Ivory” collection is a stunner with its wide range of transitional, cultural, and transitional designs in embroidery, jacquards, prints, and velvets. The assortment is over 75% Exclusive, designed with custom window treatments in mind.