Cross-generational relationships: Connecting the Color-Dots from Antique to Contemporary

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How to relate? In this case, it’s about Antiques, Color, Contemporary Life…connecting the colorful dots!

Do you love antiques? Even if you are partial to Contemporary design, you have to check out this web site that is an excellent resource for all types of antiques, from lighting to furniture to architectural elements.

They have a unique—and fun—feature on the site: you can select a color from a rainbow band of color options and you’ll be able to see how any of those colors will look when used with the antique piece you’re looking at on their site.

How did I find out about this? Even though I’m a designer of contemporary rugs, they asked me to write a section about using antique textiles in a contemporary environment. As a color consultant, I wanted to make the connection using color as the bridge and a trip to San Francisco provided the backdrop.

Together we selected a group of four pieces, to start with: two antique rugs, and two other antique textiles.

Ningxia Runner

Antique Ningxia Runner from

I really enjoyed creating color palettes especially for these fine antique pieces, all from two noteworthy showrooms in San Francisco. I was fortunate to be able to personally visit the Sandra Whitman Gallery and Kathleen Taylor: The Lotus Collection during a recent trip to the Bay Area. It was a great opportunity to see some of these fine antiques in a real-life setting, and the showroom owners were so generous in sharing photos and information about their collections of exquisite textiles.

When you visit, you’ll also see posts by other designers featured on the web site.  The palettes I created for this project are all referring to Ellen Kennon Full-Spectrum Paints but you can use any brand, including my own line “EcoHues” which is made through Ellen Kennon but which I had not yet created when I wrote the palette article for Designer Diggs.

Check out to read all the articles and enjoy discovering some new color combinations. And of course, using “antiques” is just another very beautiful way to implement Green design!

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