Connie Blumenthal

The Most Seasoned Real Estate Connoisseur in Greater Seattle and Mercer Island Luxury Real Estate Markets

Shimmering Shades: Taupe, Silver, and Warm Gray

Hello Seattle, Many of you know I had a very inspirational trip to Italy last month. One of my favorite things to do when in Italy is to see up close and personal what is going on in the Italian fashion world. Perhaps because I was involved (twenty five years ago) or because as a designer, I recognize the direct correlation between fashion and trends with how we approach interior design.

No matter what – artistic inspiration comes from many places - at any time. We designers are continually exposed to a barrage of imagery, influence and inspiration as we live and interact with our physical world. For me personally, I have always found great inspiration from fashion as I excitedly anticipate seeing new collections from Italy, France, and of course, the US. I am far more conservative with an interior than what I may be seeing currently in the fashion world, but I assure you, inspiration for colors, textures, shape and yes, even ‘attitude’ runs plentiful for me with fashion.

The first few days on Capri I enjoyed looking at the new collections for fall. Of particular interest to me was the color palette of Brunello Cucinelli’s collection for fall. (The photo posted is one I took of the storefront on Capri – they change the windows every evening) A color combination of grey, taupe and silver – just happens to be my favorite colors for an interior. Salvatore Ferragamo is showing neutralized tones of green one can only find in nature – The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island comes to mind. Pay attention and you will notice a connection between these fashion colors of this season and what retailers such as Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware begin to produce.

A style-conscious consumer looks both at fashion and interior design as an opportunity to personally express themselves or to express how they wish the world to perceive them. Seeking out an outfit that says something about who we are is no different than selecting and designing an interior that resonates as ‘just right’ for how we feel, how we choose to live or how we ‘wish’ to live. And, of course, there is always a bit of fantasy involved.

The Presidential Suite at the Sheraton Seattle is an example of the grey, taupe and silver color scheme I mentioned above. Renovated and completed recently, I along with my team, designed the interior motivated by the inspiration of how these colors work together and how warm the colors resonate when lighting is carefully thought out. This particular suite shimmers in shades of taupe, silvers and warm gray. I believe it is one of more luxurious Suites in downtown Seattle.


Warm wishes for enjoying these summer days,



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