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Last month, I experienced a design dream come true — presenting my home decor collection at Maison et Objet, one of the world’s largest home design trade shows. My ten days in Paris were spent transporting and decorating the AphroChic booth, as well as meeting with potential buyers from all over the world. As you can see, color took center stage in our showroom. The pillows and linens certainly popped against the white walls.

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When possible, I took breaks from selling to explore other booths at Maison et Objet, on the look out for the latest design trends. Here’s what I found: Design is moving to a happier place where color is used to put us in a good mood. Just like we’re seeing in fall and spring fashion trends, color is everywhere!  I came across home accessories, furniture and textiles representing every hue of the rainbow.

Pieces like these Jonathan Adler vases caught my eye. Deep yellow, bright turquoise and Jonathan’s signature use of gold delivers an uplifting and glamorous feel.

HGTV Design Blog - AphroChic Maison et Object
I marveled at the mix of color and pattern in the Szalay booth. Their new collection of textiles and upholstered pieces includes ottomans and patchwork cushions. Love those primary shades.

HGTV Design Blog - AphroChic Maison et Object
Sentou is one of my favorite French boutiques. Their booth was filled with bold furniture in rich hues. This navy blue sofa with yellow button tufting is so original and fabulous. It’s 2011 with a little bit of The Jetsons.

HGTV Design Blog - AphroChic Maison et Object
And in the international halls, these colorful kitchen wares stood out. I absolutely love these cast iron tea pots in mod shades of pink and yellow. They would be the center of my tea party. So chic!

You can see more from my Maison et Objet experience over on the AphroChic blog.

Are you excited about the return of bold and bright color?

Tell me in the comments below.

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  3. Lori says:

    Yes, I'm excited for the return of bold colors. I'm not, however, looking forward to all the people who never changed out their deep red accent wall (usually in their dining room) feeling vindicated and justified for keeping it all these years. As well as keeping it for ~another~ ten years.

    I'm not a snob. I'm bored with the red already.

  4. Jeanine Hays says:

    LOL! I totally understand Lori. I hope that people become more inventive with color in the next few years. We definitely need to move beyond the "statement wall". Statements at home can come in so many forms, and new colorful accessories will enable homeowners to bring a pop of color home in many forms.

  5. [...] If you can’t already tell, I am a designer who loves modern style.  I absolutely love modern interiors and decor, but one thing I don’t like is a modern home without soul. Even the most modern homes need pieces that will soften the space, make it feel warm and lived in. Aphrochic: My Report from Maison et Objet in Paris [...]

  6. [...] If you can’t already tell, I am a designer who loves modern style.  I absolutely love modern interiors and decor, but one thing I don’t like is a modern home without soul. Even the most modern homes need pieces that will soften the space, make it feel warm and lived in. Aphrochic: My Report from Maison et Objet in Paris [...]

  7. Javonni G. says:

    About the red walls….I have to work around them…hubbie says; 'not again'! oh well, time to redecorate my bathroom. (newcomer to your blog) Javonni.

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