[All photos courtesy of Carpenter + Company, 2020]
Herbal and vegetal greens continue in importance as we move forward into 2021 and beyond. Taking their cues from Nature, we see them sprouting from every area of the home and garden and deepening in importance. Color is about emotion, and emotion is grounded in our craving of comfort, connection and community. Refocusing and restoring we will recognize that in order to move forward we need each other, we need our human family. As we reboot, redefine, renew, replenish and restore these nourishing greens will lead the way.
Iced minty greens will be a chilling reminder of our connection to the polar ice cap and the need for its protection. We see the light reflecting off this icy and invigorating shade, and are comforted by a touch of nostalgia.
As we sip a soothing cup of green tea, its curative nature brings us warmth and wellness. As one of the moody mid tones we see moving forward, this tasty tone is totally therapeutic and can be utilized as one of nature’s neutrals.
Mother Nature’s intensity is captured in the strength and saturation of the color Malachite. This groovy green with a retro sensibility is vibrant and versatile.
A walk deep into the depths of the woodland is restorative and rejuvenating as we realize what a small part we play in the whole of things. The wild wonders of the jungle are revealed in this lush and verdant shade. We are lost in the mysterious deep and infatuated with fronds and forest foliage.
Patti Carpenter is principal of carpenter + company/Trendscope and an award-winning Creative Director in globally sourced home decor, personal accessories, gifts, and fragrances. With extensive experience in product design and development, merchandising, and color + trend forecasting, Patti is a Micro Enterprise specialist with U.S. presidential recognition for domestic and international expertise in artisan development, small producer and entrepreneurial training and economic development.
Patti has designed, sourced and created innovative Private Label products for brands including Bloomingdales, Sferra, Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel, The Phillips Collection, ABC Carpet and Home, Yankee Candle, Donna Karan Urban Zen and Ralph Lauren.
Patti has traveled and worked nationally and in fifty-seven countries speaking and writing on Color + Trend and Design around the globe as the Global Trend Ambassador for Maison & Objet in America and Paris and is a consultant with Pantone. An active board member of SERRV International, which is a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization, Patti is also an Advisory Board Member of the Black Artists and Designers Guild, BADG.
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