Kips Bay Show House 2012

Color Therapy

The 40th Annual Kips Bay Show House recently opened in New York, which allows us the opportunity to take a peek at what A-list designers are up to and perhaps spot a few trends.

Whereas Kips usually secures a townhouse on the Upper East Side for the event, this year there was no townhouse for the taking and a bright new condo was used instead. This forced an element of contemporary architecture into the mix.

Trendsetters will notice a few fads that persist and inspire — lacquered walls, wallpapered ceilings, pattern on pattern and bespoke textured walls. But the purposes of color analysis, one thing stood out for me: green.

And I mean all manner of green. Chartreuse, Spring Pea, Moss, Green Slate and Emerald were all used either as stand-alone elements or in combination with other colors like Aubergine or Coral. I don't remember any of this from my color forecasting of last winter, so perhaps I'm behind the curve, though I'm delighted with the range in tone and mood it creates.

Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse
• Through Thursday, June 14, 2012

Images show above, list of designers:
1. Brian Del Toro
2. Todd Alexander Tomano
3. Alexander Doherty
4. Chuck Fischer
5. Laura Bohn

6. Mark Hampton
7. Scott Sanders
8. Shawn Henderson
9 & 10. Thom Filicia (two views)

11. Timothy and Associates
12. Jamie Drake

(Images: Edgar Pineda, courtesy of Kips Bay Organization)

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