Out With the Gray, In With the Color: A Designer's 2018 Resolutions

Out With the Gray, In With the Color: A Designer's 2018 Resolutions

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Danielle Blundell
Dec 28, 2017

Christiane Lemieux embodies the kind of effortless chic that my decorating dreams are made of. She always knows the right print to mix with a stripe, and I swear she was one of the first mainstream designers to bring birds onto bedding and upholstery in a big way while at the helm of DwellStudio. Well, this lady boss is back at it with her latest venture, The Inside, which combines on-demand printing with furniture design to create fashion-forward made-to-order pieces. So because Lemieux is pretty much always ahead of the curve, she's the perfect person to get a few 2018 home resolutions from—and I just might have to copy her style on some of them myself.

Give "Ultra Violet" a Chance

A lot of people (myself included) have been hating on Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, because it's just so loud and seemingly one-dimensional as opposed to where colors have been lately: soft and complex. But if Lemieux is willing to give purple a chance, then maybe it's time to go all Prince on your place. "I'm excited to incorporate next year's Pantone color of the year," says Lemieux. "Don't be mistaken, it's not an accent color—layer it up."

Virtually Plan Your Spaces

Lemieux totally geeks out over the AV/VR space and using 3D modeling to work through designs and interiors. "Now more than ever, it's easy to lay out spaces virtually and walk through them," says Lemieux. "I think IKEA's planning tools are pretty amazing in that respect. I also love what Modsy is doing for virtual interiors." So you don't have to be able to use CAD anymore or make tedious drawings by hand to scale to spatially plan. If you've got a makeover on your to-do list for 2018, follow Lemieux's lead and use these kinds of apps to preview furniture selections "in" your space. Yes, it's one more thing to download, but you may save yourself the hassle of ordering (and returning) a too big dining table or whatever other online shopping mistake it's easy to make.

(Image credit: Anik Polo)

For the Love of Color, Go with Anything but Gray

Okay, you can still wear this neutral, and obviously totally fine if it's already on your walls or the color of your sofa, but if you're looking to make a change, don't reach for the griege paint can. Lemieux's also over gray washed woods, too, though that's not to say to pull them up off your floors or anything, because if you love something, you love something. But Lemieux advises looking for authentic finishes with patina and depth, even for your floors.

(Image credit: The Inside)

Bring Back the Accent Ottoman in a Bold Print

"Happy interiors are a must for designers this 2018," says Lemieux. And nothing puts a smile on her face like an animal print. "It's the chicest non-solid and transforms every space," says Lemieux. Leopard, cheetah and zebra are old standbys, but right now, if The Inside's current collection is any indicator, 2018 may just be the year of the deer. The Quincy Cocktail Ottoman in Fawn would make a pretty cool coffee table, no?

All that aside, now's the time to channel Christiane Lemieux and write your own home resolutions. Or just follow one of hers. I, for one, think I can get behind the fawn print. (But I'm still not totally sold on the purple.)

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