A weekly blog series exploring different creatives' views on color and its use in interiors, art and design. We will dive deep into their obsessions with color. How and why they use color. You will get to know their stories and you may even gather some tips for using color in your own home. What is better than learning from the experts!
Designer Spotlight: Jeffrey Johnson
Born and raised in Mississippi, Jeffrey grew up loving fashion but transfered that love to interior design in 2008. He focuses mostly on contemporary interior design projects from Nashville to Dallas to LA. His design style encompasses the design of interior spaces for impeccable lifestyles. He is intrigued with how people are living and thrives on using textiles, furnishings and lighting to collaborate on a distinctive hues and complementing styles.
He is one of this year's Style Spotters for the International Highpoint Furniture market where he selects and reports on the latest trends in the furniture industry. Jeffrey is full of style both personally and in his interior spaces. Let's take a glimpse into his world of color.....
Jeffrey Johnson: Blue is very evident as it resonates many of the cool colors I tend to apply in the design style. The color reflects water and sky and that itself automatically a naturally soothing color. Also, the color gives many of us the calm and quiet effect that we need in our lives in the today's world. Soft blues can help you relax and switch off after a long day.
SJ: Do you use color as a dominant role in your designs or as an accent?
JJ: The Gray color offers the stability of blending with colors and textures very well. I love using the challenge of gray by finding the finding the right shade of grey as a warm gray with a brown/red/yellow undertone, a cool gray with a green, blue or purple undertone and a neutral gray with the middle of the path grays with no undertones.
SJ: How do you feel about matching colors in a room?
JJ: To apply the monotone layer of one color in many variations of shade and texture will show off the stunning space quite well and yet it is never overkilling using the fact of using one color in the monotone setting. You don't get to see this very often; however, this is an opportunity to show your design skill set and make a compelling statement in a very undermining aesthetic environment.
SJ: What color represents your personality?
JJ: Blue to the tea. I am a water person, and it reminds me of the benefits of blue applies to the mind and body. The blue character matches my personality to the symbolization of trust, loyalty, wisdom, and faith.
SJ: What color comes to mind when you talk about:
Your favorite City ....... Amsterdam - I think of the color Blue and the Delftware resembles the color, culture, and history
The House You Grew Up In ......... 70’s Traditional Spanish Style Home on the lake. Yellow countertops and brown panel wall were the main colors Last
Fabulous Dinner You Had ........ Ravioli Rosa - Homemade ravioli filled with ricotta cheese and spinach in a pink and green at Tra Di Noi Restaurant in Malibu
Your favorite Flower ....... Hydrangea Pink, the soft and rich color.
Your favorite season ...... Fall is my favorite season, I love the colors ranging from orange, yellow, and burnt red. It is like no other seasons. Even the Fall brisk cool air brings memories of the Fall colors
Your Favorite Art ...... Anything related to water and movement by Christopher Martin - https://www.christophermartingallery.com/ I love all the ocean blue shades
Your Favorite Room in Your Home ..... The monotone of all blues in the Living Room
Your Favorite Beauty product .... Beach Body Scrub by Bobbi Brown - Sand Color make me smile and how it feel good to your feet.
Your Favorite Article of Clothing ...... I think of Nantucket when I buy the color, Lobster reef, from Vineyard Vines.
SJ: Name a color you never use?
SJ: Name a color you use frequently?
SJ: If you could pick a name for a color what would it be?
JJ: Dutchie Blue
SJ: Do you have a pet? What color reminds you of him/her? Do you have a nickname for this pet?
JJ: Yes, two chocolate labs. The brown colors remind so much of the 70's and how much the color dominates our everyday lifestyle to this day. I love brown when it comes to wall paint color. I did that in my home office in Dallas. It was a very light gray and it was tough to be motivated and work, so I changed it to a dark brown color wall. Best decision I ever made.
SJ: What is the Now Neutral?
SJ: What is your prediction for the next big color trend?
JJ: I am not sure why I would say this, but pink in many variations of soft tone shade would be a thriving factor of classic and elegant setting.
JJ: Green, Gray, Cream
SJ: Best advise when it comes to picking paint colors?
JJ: Pick three shades of one color, slap the three shades of one color on the wall, and check the colors in the morning, afternoon, and evening. It is the least expensive way of testing colors before making the final selection shade of color.