Color of the Year

by Amitha Verma Interior Design, www.amithaverma.com

In the world of color and paint, it’s the biggest announcement of all: Pantone’s pick for Color of the Year. And the color for 2014 is Radiant Orchid!

I’m over the moon with this choice, because it’s one of my favorites. I even used this color in my wedding many years ago. And the funny thing is, I was talking last Spring about how I had a feeling pinks were going to be really hot (did you catch that video blog of mine?) I’m so excited that not only did my prediction come true, I was a little ahead of the trend!

I’m really looking forward to seeing how this shade trickles down into home decor. What I love about this particular shade is how versatile it is. You can incorporate it into any color scheme using as little or as much as you want. Take for instance this heavenly little vignette we posted on our Facebook page a few weeks ago…

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Doesn’t it feel like the most perfect little sanctuary you could escape into?

One of my favorite elements of this room is the floor. I love the chevron/herringbone design, the kind found in centuries-old chateaus. I have the same design in my very own office; it’s modern, but has a very classic feel.

The wallpaper is gorgeous too. I really want to wallpaper a room in my own house this year, perhaps the library or the family room. And of course the settee! It’s one of the fundamental styles of French design.

In this room I also love the chandelier, and the beautiful window treatments!

Last year’s Pantone color was emerald, but I feel sure that this one will show up a lot more in home decor. It really serves to add a pop of style to interiors, like in this jaw-droppingly pretty library. I simply love how the classic molding looks when contrasted with the orchid shade. What do you think of this painted library – love it or leave it? Personally, I love it, I am inspired by color in so many different ways.

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So where does the color of the year usually appear? You will probably see it in wallpaper colors, textiles, pillows, art, and even accessories.

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What do you think about the Color of the Year? Do you love it? Hate it? Can’t wait to bring it into your home? I know I’m excited about using this shade. I am lucky: I already have a pop of it with this gorgeous silk toile-inspired fabric on a pair of pillows in my own home!

What about you? Will you be decorating with Radiant Orchid this year?

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Hidden Treasures

by Amitha Verma Interior Design, www.amithaverma.com

Sometimes the rarest of gems can be found in the most unlikely place. You know how you occasionally discover a really fabulous restaurant simply by trying something that’s a little off-the-beaten-path? Well, it’s time to make a new discovery, but this time in the field of French antiques.

Village Antiques, a veritable paradise of Europe’s finest and most fabulous antique pieces, has just opened up in Houston. This designer market is one of the city’s best kept secrets – only those who truly know and love antiques have been lucky enough to get a taste of what’s on offer! Village Antiques offers a full range of French antiques, from charming painted items to rustic heavy wood pieces and lovely stately objects. Like diamonds in the rough, each antique has been carefully sourced by a team of dealers, and now lies like a hidden treasure, waiting to be recognized and taken home by some appreciative eye!

Each booth is a reflection of an individual dealer’s personality. Most exciting of all for us is that we are showcasing our own collection there too. After many years of planning, and two trips to France, we are now debuting the Amitha Verma Antiques collection.

Amitha Verma Antiques

Each piece has been painstakingly selected on the basis of style, color and functionality. As an interior designer, I know how important it is for pieces to be versatile and multifunctional – a simple table could end up as a nightstand, a bath vanity, an entry hall piece or a TV cabinet. Each of these functions is considered when choosing each piece. And of course, a big factor is the falling-in-love element! I definitely have a moment of falling for each piece – I guess the gals will have to sell them all when I’m away!

Amitha Verma Antiques

The Amitha Verma collection, and Village Antiques as a whole, offer a wide range of beautiful collectibles, and the price range is so diverse that there really is something for everyone. Readers of this blog will get sneak previews of the new pieces coming in, so stay tuned!

Amitha Verma Antiques

Also, don’t forget to check out the Village Antiques blog, www.villageantiques.net, which will feature various how-to articles on decorating with antiques and the latest antique trends.

We’re thrilled to announce that Village Antiques is now open for business, and invite you to come visit us, Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. &  Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See you there!

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