Trends 2014 – Indigo

1. Wedding  2. Shoes  3. Pattern  4. Banner – Sabina  5. Invitation

This month we are focusing on the Indigo trend, which mixes with a variety of styles from folk, floral, ornamental to tribal influences. While Indigo is wildly popular in fashion and decor, it is making strong appearances in wedding palettes and as well as design.

Indigo is a rich and bold hue, while still feeling warm and inviting. It pairs nicely with blush pinks, creamy whites, and bright oranges. Have you used Indigo in your work or home lately?

6. Dress  7. Fabric  8. Room  9 & 10. Shells – Denise 11. Mug
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Trends 2014 – Delicate

1. Butterfly 2. Wedding Invitation 3. Feather – Sabina 4. Seed Heads 5. Wedding Dress

This month we are focusing on the trend; Delicate. It is the start of wedding invitation design season and these images are sure to provide you with plenty of inspiration. The delicate trend focuses on beautiful handwritten letters, dainty flowers, seed heads, and butterflies.

While creamy whites, light pinks, gold and faintly color mints lend well to the delicate trend, I am seeing deep brown, maroon and even some grey making a appearance.

The Delicate trend is beautiful and sweet with hints of art deco and plant studies. While it’s perfect for wedding invitations, it can also be used well in web design, jewelry and textiles.

6. Wedding Suite 7. Dainty Wreath – Rhian 8. Pattern 9. Seed Head 10. Butterfly Girl 11. Handwritten Letter

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Trends 2014 – Folkloric Mix + Freebie

1. Ribbon 2. Denise (The Ink Nest) 3. Let’s Have Tea Invite 4. Sarah (The Ink Nest) 5. Sabina (The Ink Nest) 6. Nicole (The Ink Nest) 7. Cardigan 8. Rachel (The Ink Nest)

We have a very special trend report this month that motivated a few of The Ink Nest Artists to create new sets for the shop – and is one of my favorite trends of 2014 – the folkloric mix. While folk art can encompass a wide variety of cultures, we mainly focused on Scandinavian Folk.

Vibrant blues and bold reds make up many of the folk art palettes. Which when paired with light pinks, orange, brown and turquoise, the combinations can create cute and playful designs.

Animal motifs, flowers and geometrics are at the heart of the trend. Folk design works very well when used for stationery, textiles or home goods. I sense some folk art inspired Valentine’s Day cards in the making!

9. Rachel (The Ink Nest) 10. Sarah (The Ink Nest) 11. Minted Initial Card 12. Denise (The Ink Nest) 13. Sabina (The Ink Nest) 14. Sarah (The Ink Nest) 15. Interior 16. Blanket 17. Nicole (The Ink Nest)

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Trends 2014 – Radiant Orchid

Pantone announced the color of 2014 to be none other than Radiant Orchid. While it is just the beginning of winter here in the states, Radiant Orchid gives me a little bit of hope that spring is just around the corner. (I can dream right?)

Pantone says that ” Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” (link)

Speaking of great joy, you better believe that this lovely shade of purple will be showing up everywhere this year. It is very romantic, feminine and refreshing. A great accent color that pairs nicely with neutral colors, dark greens and turquoise.

I think it will be inspiring to see how Radiant Orchid will be incorporated into design work. It’s about time we start pushing our limits to try out new things. Hey and 2014 is just around the corner, do you see incorporating Radiant Orchid into your work or even your wardrobe?

Download orchid flower drawings for personal use:

1.Catherine Deane Gown 2.Garden Fete Children’s Invitation 3.Cabbage Flowers 4.Pop of Purple Interior 5.Moda Fabric 6.Dress 7.Butter Nail Polish 8.Glasses 9.Vans 10.Poppies and Peonies Invitation

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Trends 2014 – Cayenne

1. Bridesmaid Dresses 2. Sabina – for The Ink Nest 3. Wedding paper Divas 4. Shoes 5. Flowers

The next color we are focusing on from Pantone’s Fashion Spring 2014 Color Report is Cayenne. Pantone defines Cayenne as “a high-pitched red, that adds a dash of spicy heat to neutrals.” It’s bold, warm, romantic and makes a strong statement.

Cayenne adds instant warmth and cheerfulness when used in fashion, design or interiors. It pairs well with similar hues such as orange or peach, but also adds a bit of whimsy if paired with a minty green.

Cayenne is not for the timid. Now tell me, are you bold enough to use it?

6. Flower Pattern 7. Denise – for The Ink Nest 8. Cozy Kitchen 9. Red Skirt 10. Pom Pom Hat 11. Rhian – for The Ink Nest

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Trends 2014 – Black and White. Free Chalkboard Texture

The next trend color that will always be in style, is Black and White. It’s chic, simple, bold and will continue trending in the wedding invitation world in 2014. Chalkboard invitations are popular right now as well as pairing black and white with the color gold. Stationery with simple black accents is very modern and feminine but can also add a touch of whimsy, such as the case with image #3. Black and White is also trending in the fashion this fall as well. Using black to decorate your home is becoming increasingly popular. Black in patterns for home decor makes for a good starting point for any interior design scheme. Bold and art deco fonts pair well with this color combo. From packaging to stationery accessories, Black is classic and clean. Make a statement with Black and White!

1. Sugar Paper    2. Minted   3. Kate Spade   4. Vika Gazinskaya   5. Rachel Gresham – for The Ink Nest

Download a free chalkboard texture – print and web resolution, for your next black & white project!
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Trends 2014 – Dazzling Blue

1. Sarah Kate; 2.; 3. Blue – by Sabina R; 4.twilling wedding; 5. Deliciously blog; 6. Blue – by Sabina R;

It is time for our trend reports for 2014! We are starting with the Pantone color of Spring/Summer 2014 – Dazzling Blue. This bright color is going to be the new hot trend in fashion, weddings, jewellery and home decor. It pairs well with the Placid Blue pastel. In graphic design, use it sparingly, as an accent. It is a color that demands attention!

Design Trends 2013 – Geometric

geometric trends 2013

1. Geo Patterns by Rachel; 2. Wedding Paper Divas Card; 3. Spring 2013 Vivienne Tam; 4. Geometric Art by Andy Gilmore 5. Shell by Nate Luetkehans;

The trend of using geometric shapes and patterns in design continues in 2013.

There are ways to apply geometry in noticeable and innovative ways in your designs:

  • use organic lines. Hand drawn shapes or irregular organic lines which make the geometric shapes more artistic
  • mix different shapes. Mix shapes to create new original designs. Triangles, circles or just irregular shapes. Play with opacity and overlays.
  • use contrast

1. Geometric Holiday Card at Minted; 2. Cuben Space by Marcel Buerkle; 3.Rectangles Revised at Minted

Design Trends 2013 – Stripes

design trends 2013 stripes

Stripes will be everywhere in 2013. Stripes in all sizes and colors were a huge runway trend during Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Week. It is predicted that home decor and graphic design will not be escaping them either.

Many designers were inspired to include stripes in their 2013 collections, by artists like Daniel Buren and Anni Albers.
stripes in art

1 and 2. Wall art by Daniel Buren; 3. Painting by Anni Albers; 4. Numero 93 May 2008; 5. Play with your elephant

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Design Trends 2013 – Mint

design trends 2013 mint

Mint is going to be one of the hot colors in 2013. It is number one trend in wedding invitations for next year and is probably going to find its way in other areas of graphic design.

1. Pantone Color Report 2013 Spring – Grayed Jade
2. Wedding invitation by Minted
3. Mint clip art set
4. mint and gold feather in Feathers clip art set

How to pair mint

Mint can be combined with a number of great colors. For example Monaco Blue (Pantone color 2013). Gold is a luxurious combination with mint. Emerald is another trend color for 2013 and goes beautifully with mint creating a nice contrast. Pink is a classic combination with mint – a salmon, or linen pink + mint =  vintage soft look.

Fonts that go with mint

Is there such thing as a suitable font for a specific color? In design color sets the mood and the direction. Finding suitable font is what brings design to perfection. Mint can be made modern when paired with some rounded nice sans serif font like Museo Sand or Futura. Scripts like La Portenia and Capistrano BF are a more fancy match.