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Three Questions with…Karen Martin, BOLYU Designer/Colorist

An occasional blog article series, “Three Questions With…” profiles designers, product developers, trend experts, colorists, arbiters of good taste and others who are shaping and influencing the commercial interiors industry.   
Q.  You’re currently working on integrating colors from the new Reflective Elements collection into new products for BOLYU.  Are the Reflective Elements colors part of a bigger trend you’re seeing in color these days?

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Pizzazz from BOLYU contains intriguing reflective and metallic type colors.

The metallic — and now reflective – color movement has been amazing to me.  It started several years ago, essentially in the fashion industry, and it’s taken many twists and turns over the years.  I would say that this movement is no longer a trend, it’s established.  In fact, we introduced a product called Pizzazz several years ago that had a metallic look to it.

Made with Zeftron nylon, it continues to be a popular product today.
I think everybody is looking for a sparkle or a shine.  Today we’re seeing different colors with the metallic or reflective effect that you might not have seen just a short while ago.  For example, we’re noticing bright colors in orange or even green being paired with a metallic color. This is striking and unique, and not something you would have seen in the recent past.

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Pizzazz from BOLYU contains intriguing reflective and metallic type colors.

These colors present such a departure from what we were working with in the past.  They are so exciting when contrasted against the muted colors, dull lusters and matte finishes we saw prior.
Q.  How does the Reflective Elements collection help you in your role as a colorist/designer?

What’s great is that Zeftron has added more options for designers, which is what we need.  More options gives us an edge to be innovative, to address the now and to address the future.  Of course we also want to use colors that are not just trendy, but have longevity to them as well.  These colors give us that flexibility.

As a designer, I feel I can create almost anything.  You can create added texture, introduce more styling…or even create an element of surprise and uniqueness.  It’s a styling tool that has become very important to use. What’s more, Zeftron’s Reflective Elements collection works really well with its Brilliant Collection.

Zeftron is sitting on top of a really nice color package.  It shows that they are paying attention to what’s happening in the market.  Zeftron’s colors give designers the opportunity to make something their own.

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Q.  Where do you see the colors being used — corporate, hospitality, etc.?

For us, it’s across the board.  We’re using these colors in hospitality, corporate, senior living and health care.  I can’t tell you any product that I’m not working on now that does not have a reflective or metallic element to it.  I think that’s a reflection (no pun intended!) of just how important and popular these kinds of colors have become in virtually every commercial space.

About Karen Martin: Karen has been a Designer/Colorist with Beaulieu Commercial for more than 15 years. Her primary responsibilities include research of design and color trends and their application in commercial, education, and healthcare products for BOLYU and hospitality products for Aqua.  For more information, please visit http://www.bolyu.com

Contact Us: If you’re interested in learning more about the new Reflective Elements collection, please contact Zeftron Business Leader Tim Blount directly at timothy.blount@shawinc.com.

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Zeftron Color Tools Available to Designers

The Brilliant Collection from Zeftron nylon

Zeftron understands how important the right use of color is for a commercial interior project.  Color is a powerful tool.  It can reinforce a sense of place. It can generate an emotional response.  It can even transport us to a different time or setting.

Zeftron has been offering proven, perfectly engineered colors to designers for more than 40 years.  Our colors range from brilliant reds and bold blues to edgy metallics, crisp hues and wondrous lusters.  Our 120 colors offer virtually unlimited coloration possibilities to enable designers to make the design statement they envision for their project.

Below are some of the color-specific tools and resources we offer.

Zeftron Color Palette Pom Set –See all of Zeftron’s colors, including the new additions from the Brilliant Collection and Designer Select Collection all in one chain.

Individual Poms – By request, designers can order one or several individual poms to see specific colors.

Color Card Folder –See Zeftron yarn samples, color names and color numbers in an easy-to-hold format.

Color Selection Tools

E-Color Swatch PDF – View a visually exciting display of all Zeftron colors and names in a PDF format, perfect for saving or emailing.

Adobe Swatch Exchange (ASE) – View color swatches of the Zeftron colorline that can be downloaded into design software from a URL or QR code.

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If you’re interested in receiving or knowing about any of these tools, please contact Zeftron Business Leader Tim Blount directly at timothy.blount@shawinc.com.

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Two Trends from NeoCon 2015

More than 700 exhibitors packed the Merchandise Mart for NeoCon 2015
More than 700 exhibitors packed the Merchandise Mart for NeoCon 2015

For three days the commercial interiors design industry was fixed on the annual NeoCon Trade Show held in Chicago June 15-17. We were there exploring some of the new products and trends. Here’s our take on two of the most intriguing trends that stood out to us.

J+J Flooring Group’s F-Stop product brings a splash of color to any interior.
J+J Flooring Group’s F-Stop product brings a splash of color to any interior.

Bold Colors – From chairs to carpet, the seemingly unbridled use of bold, fun and vibrant colors continues. This is most likely an expression of an upbeat economy. But it’s also a reflection of how corporate environments can use color to create energy and intrigue, while also supporting their brand. We especially noticed J+J Flooring Group’s new F-Stop product from its Filtered Effects collection.

This infusion of color underscores the importance of our recently introduced Brilliant Collection, an accumulation of seven highly vibrant colors that can bring more styling options for hospitality, corporate or virtually any other commercial interiors projects.

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Bentley Mills introduced several products that can work in multiple commercial sectors

Cross-Over Products – The trend toward more “cross over” products that can serve multiple markets continues. We were especially enthralled with Bentley’s High Score™ and Multi Play™ products from the mill’s Arcade Legend™ Collection. According to the company, the products “pair bold-scale pattern with random, overall textured pattern….and the complex integration of color introduces a metallic element – a bonus for interiors looking for bold style with a touch of bling.” The intriguing patterns and the “touch of bling” means the products could “cross over” — working just as well in a corporate office as in a hospitality environment.

On a related side note, Zeftron will soon be introducing its new Reflective Elements Collection. Using colors that have reflective qualities, this high luster collection can add elegance, depth, richness and sophistication to virtually any commercial carpet product.

We welcome your thoughts! What stood out to you at this year’s NeoCon?

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Shades of Grey in the “Designer Select” Collection

Designer Select Colors
The “Designer Select” Collection, new from Zeftron nylon in 2015

Last week we announced the latest addition to our expansive color palette, the “Designer Select” Collection. It is the second new collection from Zeftron in the last year. We also debuted the Brilliant Collection in 2014. While the Brilliant Collection is vibrant and bold, the “Designer Select” Collection contains subdued, nuanced and base shades that can easily be incorporated for use in running line products or custom carpet creations.

These cool colors range from a deep charcoal grey to sterling silver.  When designing commercial carpet this collection can help you create multiple tiers of color and more intricate designs with shading effects.

Add Drama with Charcoal  

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Picasso Standing Female Nude, 1910

Charcoal has been used since ancient times as a drawing material and pigment. The word “charcoal” evokes images of sharp edges, deep shadows and masterfully created pieces of art. With this color designers can easily add an element of drama to their design or create a more defined pattern.

Keep it cool with metallics

Both the Sterling and Metallic Bronze options from this collection are soft, cool and bring to mind beautiful elements in nature. In design, metal can play a huge role in bringing the whole aesthetic together. Bronze or silver can provide an excellent contrast or complement when paired with other, more traditional colors like blue, grey or green. Industrial-looking in some applications, bronze and silver can also be seen as an element of refinement, as they hold precious metal qualities.

What are the applications for the “Designer Select” Collection?

Cool neutrals are soothing and can help subdue emotion, while blues are calming and relaxing.  We’ve referenced several articles on color psychology in the past, and we continue to see design publications discuss the importance of color in hospitality settings.

These colors are suited for healthcare environments, guest room interiors at hotels, or high stress work environments.

We can’t wait to see what you will create with the “Designer Select” Collection. Our Marketing Specialists are here to help you find a carpet with the right design, construction and aesthetics desired for a specific end-use area or project.


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If you would like more information about the “Designer Select” Collection or would like to partner with Zeftron on A&D visits, contact Zeftron Business Leader Tim Blount at: timothy.blount@shawinc.com or 706-532-2984.

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You Told Us and We Listened: Introducing Zeftron’s New “Designers Select” Colors

Designers Select logoWe are constantly seeking input from designers about our colors. Through our first national “Color Survey” you were able to vote online to tell us what colors you wanted to see added to our color palette.

After reviewing your votes and working with our coloration experts, we are pleased to announce our new “Designers Select” Collection! The eight new colors

subtly yet inherently reflect a sense of optimism with each color boasting its own unique and distinctive character. Colors range from an organic earth tone to a complex gray that offer a touch of boldness.

The colors can be used in a variety of ways, either as primary or accent colors for carpets designed for the hospitality, corporate, retail, education…or any commercial interior.

The new Designers Select Collection comes on the heels of our recently introduced Brilliant Collection, an assortment of seven highly vibrant colors that can add a dash of energy or excitement.

“Designers Select”

The new colors are perfect complements to our existing colors and brings our overall color palette to 120.  But more importantly, they provide more choices, options and inspiration for the commercial carpet you envision. These new collections also underscore our commitment to listening and responding to designers and marketplace needs.

Each color is rigorously tested to Zeftron’s exacting standards to ensure premium color consistency.  And, like all Zeftron yarns, the new colors contain a minimum of 25 percent recycled content. They are backed by Zeftron’s lifetime warranties for colorfastness, stain removal, wear and static control.

An electronic color swatch of the Designers Select Collection, Brilliant Collection and all of our colors is available for download by clicking here. 

More information and inspiration is available at our website.

We want to hear from you.  What do you think of these new colors? How might you use them in an upcoming project?


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Brilliant Colors In Design: Hot Pink & Lime Green

We recently toured the Novatel Times Square on the Interiors & Sources NYC Hotel Bus Tour. We were given a behind-the-scenes look at Novatel with designer Sara Duffy from Stonehill & Taylor who walked us through the bold expressive space.

The lobby of the Novatel Hotel in NYC is bright and expressive!
The lobby of the Novatel Times Square in NYC is bright and expressive!

As you can see, the creative and strategic use of color and creative lighting are the main focus of this lobby space. When a guest arrives they are excited, drawn to various elements around the room and they feel energized! That is the power of design.

We want to help you create a space that engages and leaves a lasting impression. That is why we created the Brilliant Collection​, made up of seven highly vibrant colors. We’re discussing these exciting new colors individually, and we look forward to hearing how you will incorporate them in your upcoming projects.

A Hint of Lime

Did you know that Green is the most seen color in the world (Independent Study: The Psychology of Color in an Interior Space). Green helps to sooth and encourage mental relaxation.

A lime can add a punch of citrus and acid to cooking. Limes can change the entire taste of a recipe with just a little squeeze! Why not add something that powerful to your next project. The addition of Zeftron nylon’s newest colors in the Brilliant Collection give every project that something extra that they need.

The Brilliant Collection
The Brilliant Collection

Liven it up with Hot Pink

Design firm Chrissis & Company Interiors recently made the statement that the use of pink has risen in popularity and that “pink – in general is just hot.” We agree!

Our new colors are designed to meet the needs of designers in a color conscious world. We are watching the trends, listening to feedback from our mill partners, and providing new exciting options for your next project. Don’t forget to read about all the colors of the Brilliant Collection! We’d love your feedback and to hear how you would harness the power of these new brilliant colors!


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We love Lemon! Part of the new Brilliant Collection

Josef Albers was a German-born American artist & educator whose work formed the basis of some of the most influential art education programs of the 20th century.

“Color is understood through experiences” – Josef Albers

Did you know that the color yellow is the easiest for the human eye to see? It’s no wonder that school buses and street signs are yellow. Our eyes are drawn to elements that are bright inside and out. That was the inspiration behind one of our newest color offerings: Lemon! 

According to an independent study on slideshare titled, “The Psychology of Color in an Interior Space”:  “Different shades of yellow convey different messages. A light yellow might bring warmth and softness… whereas a bright yellow might raise the emotional temperature and increase liveliness and encourage innovation.”

Photo by Interiors  and Sources of the Archer New York Lobby
Yellow accents in The Archer New York’s Lobby- captured during the recent Interior & Sources Hotel Bus Tour that Zeftron nylon sponsored.

Although bright interior colors have not always been readily applied in schools, offices and public spaces, yellow and colors within this family are catching on according to HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. HOK says: “smart organizations understand their primary goal is to enhance the performance of their people.”  Yellow, the firm says, is a color that “makes people feel clear-headed and alert, allowing for clear thinking for decision making.”

Who doesn’t want that?!

Imagine the possibilities when you add a bright color like Lemon to your next project. You can customize a beautiful, highly styled carpet for your next interior with pops of color such as Lemon and completely change the feel of the space.

What would you do with Lemon accents in your next space?

The Brilliant Collection from Zeftron nylon
The Brilliant Collection from Zeftron nylon

About the Brilliant Collection: 

Zeftron nylon’s new Brilliant Collection comprised of seven highly vibrant colors. The new colors bring more styling options that add a dash of energy or excitement to a hospitality, corporate or other commercial interiors project. The collection gives our mill partner designers and commercial designers even greater options and inspiration for creating or specifying the commercial carpet product you desire

For more information please contact Tim Blount at 706-532-2984 or email him at timothy.blount@shawinc.com.

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