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5 Unexpected Fall Colors to Inspire Your Next Design

As October creeps toward November, fall is in full force. Even in the South, where summer is reluctant to release its humid grip, the colors of the new season are beginning to emerge. And what colors! This change of season is one of nature’s most spectacular shows. The leaves change, shortening days soften the sun’s light, and approaching holidays put us all in a cozier mood. It’s the perfect inspiration for a design made to comfort and inspire feelings of warmth. But while browns, oranges, and reds may jump to mind when thinking of fall, there’s more to the season’s palette than these tried and true shades. Here are five less expected colors that fall has to offer.

Grass: For many, fall means football. And while your front lawn may be fading to a soft brown or yellow, in stadiums across America, fields both natural and artificial are showing their proud colors. Whether it’s high school games under the Friday night lights, college football Saturdays, or tailgating on Sunday, football fields are a big part of what makes fall special. And it allows us to hold onto this soothing natural shade a little longer before winter blots it out.

Regal Blue: As the year draws to a close and days grow shorter, darker skies greet us as we wake up in the morning and twilight approaches earlier in the evening. But rather than mourning the loss of daylight, celebrate the beautiful, deep blue that lends autumn a moody, even spooky air. This velvety shade adds an instantly lush vibe to any design that uses it.

Citrine: When you think of fall yellows, you might imagine deep golden hues that seem to glow from within or bright citrus shades with hints of orange. But the sun lighting these scenes has its own soft yellow light. It slips through clouds to fall on leaves drifting to the ground. It will grow even more pale as winter approaches. But for now its buttery beams are like Golden Hour all day long.

True Burgundy: While the turkey may steal the show at Thanksgiving, we have to highlight the most colorful dish on the holiday table: cranberry sauce. This lusciously saturated shade captures the mood of the season with rich undertones of red and purple. Add it to your next design for a pop of color that toes the line between intense and subtle.

Sundried: We couldn’t really talk about fall colors without some shade of orange or red, and this rusty color is the best of both worlds. It also perfectly taps into the trend of warmer colors that we’re seeing in design right now. It can easily stand out against beige or taupe neutrals or blend with other shades of red, orange, or yellow.

What are your favorite colors of the season? How do you like to incorporate them into your designs? Share with us in the comments and learn about Zeftron’s extensive range of colors here: http://www.zeftronnylon.com/Design/collections.aspx

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Zeftron and Marabella Partner To Create a Custom Rug for Renowned Boston Area University

A renowned Boston university’s business school recently renovated its lobby atrium with a bold look intended to create a more contemporary looking space. The university turned to Marabella to create a unique, custom-designed rug for the space.  Yet this rug was no “ordinary” rug.  It needed to withstand the atrium’s heavy foot traffic, work seamlessly alongside a hard surface and match the space’s overall design aesthetic.

Standing Up to Extreme Foot Traffic

Because of its location, the atrium endures constant foot-traffic from students, staff, and visitors. This heavy usage meant that the flooring needed to be durable and easy to clean.  Key to this was to have a rug product with a highly dense construction, pile height and a nylon of the highest quality.

With these requirements, it made perfect sense for Marabella to partner with Zeftron.  Only Zeftron offers superior styling and construction flexibility. Additionally, Zeftron’s tumble autoclave heat-setting generates a denser product with more bulk, providing the durability and performance essential for the new atrium.

“Marabella is committed to providing the best quality product to meet any flooring requests from our customers. In creating this unique, custom rug, we knew that Zeftron would be the only nylon that would provide both the vibrant color palette and the durability needed for the space,” shared Cindy Keasler, Designer and Project Manager at Marabella Carpets. “We’re proud to deliver a rug fit for this high profile and high traffic area that is essentially bulletproof, stain-resistant and brings an amazing creative element to the space.”

Fashioning the Perfect Rug

Instead of a traditional broadloom carpet covering the entire atrium, the school wanted a unique, customized rug that would cover a majority of the space, integrating with some hard surface areas. Although Marabella typically creates rugs that are 12’ broadloom, to best suit these requirements, they determined that four identical 20’x20’ rugs would provide the perfect result. For each custom rug, they constructed two 12’ rugs, seamed together. They then removed two feet from each piece to achieve the right dimensions. The final cut (vs. loop) product was created on a CYP machine, with a face weight of 45 oz. Backing included an action back, followed by a non-skid back, with vinyl edging. Special care was taken to prevent the rug from rolling up and causing tripping hazards.

Vivid Patterns and Bold Colors

Marabella offers a variety of vibrant patterns in cutting-edge styles. The school’s designer selected one featuring bold geometric shapes and figures. To curate a custom color combination and make the pattern pop, the designer then chose from a Zeftron pom set made up of our entire 125-plus full-spectrum of colors. The school’s colors of red and green became the lead hues, while accent colors of black, blue, ecru, and yellow harmonized with the primary colors, while balancing out the stronger hues. When the custom colors and the exciting pattern came together, the result was a modern, contemporary, and as Keasler put it, “funky” combination that neatly reflected the school’s spirit.

“We wanted to blend more useful furniture with a bold look to counter-act the traditional design of the building. Marabella and Zeftron allowed us to quickly create a custom flooring solution to meet not only our design aesthetic but also withstand the high traffic of the space,” shared the university’s designer.

Putting the Customer First

Neither Marabella nor Zeftron specializes in rug products. Yet both share an uncommon “customer-first” approach to finding the right solution. This mindset—coupled with Marabella’s exceptional design and manufacturing expertise, and Zeftron’s superior nylon—made this unique project a major success.

To learn about our extensive and rich color palette and how commercial carpet made with Zeftron can help you achieve the perfect look for your next project, visit our Design Process page.

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Zeftron Delivers More with Profile Booklet

Imagine holding in your hands the story of Zeftron nylon. What would that story include? Over 40 years of innovation, performance, and sustainability. Crisp, vibrant colors that help you bring your design vision to life. That’s what our recently created profile booklet is all about.

We’ve distilled it all into a booklet available as a download or physical copy to introduce designers and specifiers to Zeftron as well as to remind our trusted partners about the elements that make our yarn system unique. What you’ll find inside are the core pillars of our company that have stood the test of time.

Clear, Vibrant Colors

Our premium solution-dyed nylon is available in an extensive range of colors. So whatever you dream up for your design, there’s a Zeftron color to help bring it to life.

Performance

Carpets made with Zeftron nylon stand up to the toughest commercial environments. From hotels and conference centers to airports and corporate offices, Zeftron nylon fibers will remain vibrant and beautiful.

Sustainability

Zeftron nylon is fully Cradle to Cradle Certified™ and made with a minimum of 25 percent recycled content. We’re committed to sustainability and keeping carpet waste out of landfills so that our environment remains as beautiful as our product for generations to come.

Partnership

At Zeftron, we truly value our customers. So whether it’s creating a custom color to suit your unique project or standing behind our product with lifetime warranties, we’re here for you.

Want to learn more about Zeftron nylon? Download our profile booklet today. 

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The Top 5 Color Trends We Spotted at NeoCon 2019

For much of the country, June means the start of summer and all that brings: vacations, beach reads, and warmer temperatures. But in the contract design world, June means one thing: NeoCon. The annual convention is an opportunity to launch new products, celebrate inspired design, and forecast trends. We spent three whirlwind days in Chicago soaking up the sights and shades and we’ve sorted through it all to bring you what we believe are the biggest trends of the year.

Trend #1: Grayed Out Palettes

Millennial Pink has dominated modern color palettes for years with its soft, nearly neutral take on the bubblegum shade of decades past. Now, it seems that designers are applying the same treatment to other hues. We saw everything from blues to greens to oranges toned down with grays for a softer, more sophisticated feel. Even patterns got the gray treatment. Shades of charcoal, slate, and ash were shot through with brighter colors to give off a complex, textured feel.

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Trend #2: Saturated Colors

On the other end of the spectrum, some designers turned up the volume with saturated hues that popped against more neutral backgrounds. Many were laced with elements of white or gray for crispness, and bright shades formed focal points to highlight standout product design. Meanwhile, some designers went for all-out clashing, dipping into opposite sides of the color wheel for maximum contrast.

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Trend #3: Yellows and Oranges

Whether softened with gray tones or dialed all the way up, sunny shades of yellow and orange stole the show in many displays. Perhaps designers were inspired by Pantone’s summery choice of Living Coral for its 2019 color of the year. Or they could be looking ahead to the latest color of the moment: Gen Z Yellow. This color of the next big generation was in evidence in many booths, displacing its mellower predecessor, Millennial Pink. A few steps away on the color wheel, the oranges of 2019 tend towards rusty terracotta shades that pair well with the gray, taupe, and blond wood popular in many modern designs.

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Trend #4: Metallics

Trends always seem to go in cycles. So as we’ve seen the resurgence of midcentury-modern design and eighties and nineties styles in fashion, it was only a matter of time before the high-tech metallics of the early 2000s reappeared. And with the new millennium nearing its third decade, we might be seeing the first hint of this trend. The metallic elements at NeoCon 2019 ranged from subtle sheens and accents among the grayed-out palettes to coated fabrics that seemed to step straight out of sci-fi.

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Trend #5: Bauhaus is Back

With 2019 marking the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus school’s founding, several designers paid homage to the original modernist movement. Geometric prints composed of primary colors evoked the back to basics aesthetic the movement espoused while softly colored versions and the prominence of plaid in many displays seemed to give a subtle nod to the style with an updated twist.

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As we move into the second half of the year, we’ll be bringing you our take on the rising trends we think will be prominent in future designs. What colors are you hoping will surge to popularity?

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Using Art to Create Sense of Place: 4 Color Palettes Inspired by Famous Paintings

As summer approaches and schools let out for the year, it’s time to start thinking about vacation. And while many will take the opportunity to enjoy beaches, theme parks, and camping sites, there’s another vacation attraction that will not only give you a break from the everyday but can also help inspire your next design. Whether you’re a regular at your local gallery or haven’t stepped foot inside an art museum since elementary school field trips, you should consider squeezing in some art appreciation to your upcoming vacation.

We’ve gathered four of the most famous paintings in the world to show you exactly why. The colors, texture, and movement of these masterpieces provide the perfect jumping off point for thinking about your next design. And each of these pieces beautifully lends itself to a different type of space or style.

Coffeehouse Chic: The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci

Even if you’ve never set foot in the Louvre, you’ve probably admired the lit-from-within glow and enigmatic smile of Da Vinci’s master work. From the exquisite brushwork to the mystery surrounding its subject, The Mona Lisa has captivated art lovers for over 500 years. And the painting’s warm, earthy tones are the perfect inspiration for a cozy gathering space like a hotel coffee shop. Just looking at that color palette, we can almost smell the beans roasting already.

Flights of Fancy: Starry Night by Van Gogh

It’s easy to get lost in the swirling lights of Van Gogh’s most famous painting, and the surreal rendering of trees, hills, and churches invites viewers to imagine fantastical landscapes. Which is why it’s the perfect inspiration to draw on when designing for an airport or other transportation hub. The dreamy, dynamic quality of the strokes renders a vision in motion that echoes the racing clouds outside an airplane window or streaking landscape as a train races across the country.

Health and Harmony: Monet’s Water Lilies

Monet created over 200 paintings in his Water Lilies series and the massive canvases depicting the garden in his backyard decorate the walls of museums the world over. For decades, the artist returned to his garden, daubing meditative strokes onto canvas to create works that seem to move with the lazy flow of a pond. Water Lilies is wonderful inspiration for a healthcare design where its soothing colors and natural subject can help stressed staff and patients relax, leading to more positive outcomes.

Romantic Rendezvous: The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

There’s nothing quite as dynamic and electrifying as love and Klimt’s gold-toned rendering of a couple’s embrace perfectly captures the feeling. The discordant patterns of the man and woman meld with an almost glowing background until they become almost a single being. What could be better for inspiring the design of a luxurious honeymoon suite or romantic getaway spot? Vibrant greens and reds excite passion while warm golds and yellows will give guest all the warm and fuzzy feelings of a loving embrace.

Surprise, Delight, and Inspire: Edvard Munch’s The Scream

Edvard Munch’s disturbing work, commonly known as The Scream, may seem like an unlikely inspiration for a design but if you’ve ever felt the nearly electric shock of a great idea hitting you, then you know that inspiration isn’t always comfortable. And when we focus in on Munch’s palette for this work, we can easily see the seeds of an inspiring design. The shades of brown and black literally ground the viewer at the forefront of the piece as bright orange and dark blue create swirling movements like the machinations of a wild imagination. The orange becomes a focal point that draws our thoughts to less concrete and more innovative ideas, perfect for a corporate environment searching for the next game-changing strategy or product.

Have any of your designs been inspired by famous works of art? What’s your favorite painting? Let us know in the comments!

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5 Spring-Inspired Colors to Refresh Your Next Design Project

After months of bare trees and snow-blanketed landscapes, the world is bursting into bloom with the arrival of spring. And with a new season comes fresh design inspiration, courtesy of Mother Nature herself. Spring is the perfect time to inject life and vitality into your next design project with accents of bold, bright colors that you might otherwise shy away from. Follow the lead of the natural world with these five, springy colors from Zeftron’s Brilliance Collection.

Lemon: You know spring is on its way when brave, sunny daffodils poke their way up out of the snow. These bright yellow flowers are the first promise of spring and their warm, energetic hue is the perfect way to capture the hope of the season in your next design. The positive emotional associations and energizing effects of lemon yellow make it a wonderful accent in health and wellness spaces, where it evokes the excitement of new beginnings.

Electric Blue: While April showers bring May flowers, the longer sunlight hours of spring also bring a bright blue sky that provides a welcome break from the gray clouds of winter. Electric Blue is an invigorating twist on the usually tranquil shade and is perfect for calling to mind the openness of clear water and freedom of a far-stretching sky. Maybe that’s why many transportation, communications, and tech companies have embraced this hopeful hue.

Lime: As the weather grows warmer and the natural world comes back to life, the bare branches and ground of winter give way to a refreshing green. It’s no surprise that green, especially its bright lime shade, is associated with growth, nature, and fertility. If the daffodil’s yellow petals are the first sign of spring, green grass and bright leaves signify that the new season is here to stay. Lighten up the emeralds and hunter greens of fall and winter designs with an accent of their brighter cousin to invoke a feeling of renewed energy.

Hot Pink: Across the globe, the beginning of spring is marked with festivals and celebrations to one of the season’s showiest spectacles: the cherry blossom. These delicate pink blooms appear just as spring arrives, blanketing trees from Japan to Europe to our nation’s capital. Capture the sweetness of this natural wonder in your next design with playful pops of hot pink, inspiring everyone who sees it to feel a little lighter and younger.

Brilliant Orange: As spring reaches its zenith and moves towards the warm, lazy days of summer, tulips spring up in every shade of the rainbow. But one of their most standout colors is vivid, brilliant orange. Like the yellow of daffodils, orange’s warmth evokes the sun’s optimism and energy. It’s often used by sports teams to invigorate players and fans alike and can do the same for your next design project!

To learn about our extensive color palette and how commercial carpet made with Zeftron can help you achieve the perfect look for your next design project, visit our Design Process page: http://www.zeftronnylon.com/Design/journeys.aspx

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5 Reasons to Consider Combining Carpet and Hard Surfaces in Your Design

When choosing flooring for your design projects, it’s easy to get caught up in the debate of carpet versus hard surfaces. And though we’re partial to the beautiful versatility of carpet, we know that it doesn’t have to be an either-or decision. Both materials can co-exist to maximize an aesthetic appeal and functionality of any space.  Here are five reasons why you should consider mixing multiple flooring options into your design.

Define Traffic Pathways and Enhance Wayfinding

If you’ve ever entered a space only to be met with a mass of people standing around or moving chaotically in all directions, then you know how helpful traffic pathways can be in a design. Using hard surfaces bounded by carpet creates walkways that both visually and intuitively guide visitors through a space. The comfort and vibrancy of carpet invites visitors to relax in seating areas while stone, tile, and hardwood encourages movement and can clearly direct visitors through the areas of moving traffic.  The combination of the two materials naturally guides visitors through the space while decreasing congestion and frustration.

Create Comfort Zones

Carpet naturally creates a sense of comfort that invites visitors to relax, which is why it’s the perfect accompaniment to couches and lounge seating.  Think of the psychological shift when you come home for the day and kick your shoes off, digging your toes into lush carpet.  Can’t you just feel your body instantly relax? The same effect can be applied to commercial spaces. Whether it’s the waiting area of an office building or the parlor-style lobby of a hotel, the contrast between hard surface and carpet invites a psychological shift to relax.

Expand Custom Capabilities

When it comes to executing your vision, you do not have to be limited to a single flooring option.  By combining carpet with hard surfaces in your design, the possibilities are endless. Maybe you love the natural texture and movement of marble but wish it could be enhanced and highlighted. Creating a custom carpet pattern that matches the natural tones of the marble and a prominent pattern that mirrors the veins of the stone can do exactly that.

Enhance Sense of Place

In the best designs, each element complements each other, combining and playing together like a beautiful symphony. From the architecture to the furniture, it all adds up to a cohesive whole that leaves visitors with an intuitive sense of the space’s identity. Combining hard flooring with carpet can be a great way to enhance the sense of place.  From evoking natural settings to mirroring the soaring heights of the architecture, these materials can harmonize perfectly.

Create Focal Points and Unique Accents

Contrast is an excellent way to draw the eye and create focal points within a design. By shifting from one flooring material to another within a single space, visitors are invited to focus on unique details with specific purposes. That purpose could be practical, like the wayfinding mentioned earlier. Or it could be entirely aesthetic, drawing attention to unique art pieces, elements of architecture, or unexpected details.