Summer is a mere 3 weeks away and most of us can’t wait for it to happen fast enough. Not only can we get to store our thick winter clothes, which have been getting a bit of extra mileage due to the chilly morning and evening weather, we get to wear cheerful and happy colors again.

So what is happening in the world of fashion and design these days?

Skinny silhouettes and short hemlines are still the rage. And pastels are can still be found in industrial-strength quantities not just on catwalks, but in people’s homes. Putting accent walls in warm 1970s shades of tangerine, chartreuse, turquoise and mustard is huge right now. The only place you won’t be find loud pastel colors are on car bodies. Black, silver and white  still rule when it comes to sheet metal, although chocolate brown is a hot car color at the moment. But that’s not really a bright color, though.

So the good thing these days, is that you can match (and mismatch) all sorts of neon and pastel combinations without causing any major visual faux pas. Just keep in mind, though, that business world still likes to keep it conservative and (relatively) bland, but a little pop of color using your socks, tie, pocket square, watch strap, shoes, bags, belts and even your eyewear is considered OK.

Keep in mind that trends come and go and what’s hot now may not be the case 5 or 10 years from now. If you’re the type of person that likes to keep things forever, you might want to just buy a sofa in a solid neutral color. It’s easy enough to incorporate color through the less expensive and easier-to-replace accessories such as rugs, pillow cushions and throws. Buying a pastel – or printed – sofa is a huge commitment and one that you shouldn’t take likely as these can be pricey and can look dated pretty quickly.

For a peek into what’s hot and what’s trendy in the world of clothing and furniture, check out a CB2 or BCBG store near you.

Photo (“Sweet Tooth”) by APM Alex.


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