Introducing Olivia by Kim Lewis
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January 20, 2015
The Influencer Series is a collection of five stunning and distinct prototype hues that reflect regional design trends and inspiration from each of our Trendspotters. Below is insight from Kim Lewis on her contribution.
What were the key drivers/inspiration that brought you to your color? My inspiration was to bring the outdoors in. I also wanted to provide a new neutral that pushed the color envelope in an unexpected way. “Olivia” is inspired by the nature around us. Green hues found in nature bring a sense of life and warmth to our interior spaces.
Where are you seeing this color rising in popularity? I definitely see this in fashion — which always drives my design decisions. The runways of apparel should walk hand-in-hand with the products we see for home goods. This, of course, is all apart of trend spotting! Army green is a flattering color to a diverse melting pot of styles on the runway. From casual to sophisticated, this timeless color looks good with almost every tone.
How would you envision your color in the home? This color looks beautiful on the walls, on upholstered furniture and in textiles. Because “Olivia” is such a neutral tone, it creates a beautiful solid surface option for consumers looking for something different, but not too risky.
What colors would you suggest are complementary to your hue? “Olivia” is a new neutral. Inspired by the subtle green you would find in a bowl of capers or olives, this color literally goes with anything. When I was testing the color during production, every color I held up to it, just fit right in. I got most excited about the color when I kept flipping through a paint deck to test different colors beside it, and every color just kept matching! It goes well with a mix of metal finishes as well including black, brass, oil-rubbed bronze, chrome and satin nickel. My favorite combination is “Olivia” with white, black & brass. It’s bold, sexy and beautiful…yet neutral enough for a masculine or feminine audience.
What did you learn through this design collaboration? I’ve gained so much respect for what the factory does to create colors in solid surfaces. It is not easy. Creating a color takes time, patience and a whole lot of trial and error.
Any other details you want to share? I always design with purpose. Creativity can have tremendous depth and thoughtfulness. For me, coming up with this color was no different. Inspired by the idea that an olive branch symbolizes peace and victory, the color “Olivia” represents a strong woman in every sense. Confident and sophisticated, this color is strong, sexy, yet subtle. In a world where our kitchen truly is the center of our chaotic lives, and sometimes the only place we commune with the ones we love, I wanted to put a stamp of color that represented peace.