Minimalism has permeated many areas of our lives. Everything from technology, to fashion, to visual and web designs. I would even argue into our very diets. It seems fitting that the simplicity of the things we use everyday would be reflected in our living spaces as well. Large pieces of furniture and grandiose houses are no longer the way many people show off their wealth. Instead there is a growing trend to simplify designs. Empty space is becoming just as much a part of design as the furniture that fills the space.
Neutral or pastel color palettes are one of the ways interior designers create an open and bright environment. In 2017, grays, whites, browns, and muted pinks have steadily become more popular. This year, there is also a trend to add accents of green.
Every color has a history which adds a layer of meaning behind the design. This history is often unknown to the observer, but can be interesting when one learns more. For example during the 1700s, it was challenging to make green pigment. This made the color green a rarity and led it to be more expensive. Only very wealthy people could pay to have the color in their homes; hence, it became recognized as a symbol of wealth.
American politicians in the 1700s such as Alexander Hamilton and George Washington used to paint at least one room green as a show of wealth. In Alexander Hamilton’s case, he painted the walls of his office green so that when conducting business he could impress his visitors.
When people use the color green in their homes now, it does not mean anything about their financial standing, so what does it represent? The color green reflects nature and the environment. In a world that is progressively becoming more developed and losing many of it’s green spaces. It makes sense that people, especially those living in large cities such as New York and Chicago, would want to bring a reminder of nature into their homes.
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