Jordan Gendelman

Jordan Gendelman addresses anticipated festive interior trends for Christmas 2018

By | Jordan Gendelman

With Christmas 2018 looming ever closer, Jordan Gendelman looks at four hotly anticipated festive design trends for this year.

Christmas is historically a traditional occasion, with decor typically adhering to a set formula of Christmas trees, baubles, and tinsel in shades of red, gold, silver, and green. This year, however, interior designer Jordan Gendelman expects to see a variety of less traditional new styles and trends breaking through.

“Echoing what we’ve seen elsewhere in interior design trends this year, arresting, luxe shades appear likely to be big this Christmas,” says Gendelman, who suggests that bold, dark purples and blue-greens will prevail, with a surge in the popularity of both matte and gloss black festive accessories and accents.

The professional interior designer from Colorado also anticipates a similar, yet more traditionally festive take on the same trend. “Deep, ruby reds, purples, and navy blue will feature here, but with more festive whites and trendy, cool grays,” he suggests. “White porcelain accessories, I predict, will be popular too, combined with polished woods and brushed metals.”

A third distinct style, which echoes another trend which has been popular over the last year or two, is international fusion, according to Gendelman. “Millennials, in particular, are traveling, and have traveled, to more far-flung and unusual destinations than their parents or grandparents did. This continues to inspire bold, new directions in our interior design choices which I expect to be reflected in Christmas decor this year,” explains the designer.

Another trend expected to take off this festive season is the so-called ‘rainbow’ Christmas tree.

Predicted to be a huge hit on social media, particularly Instagram and Pinterest, the rainbow appearance is achieved by using a plethora of colored baubles. “Running from red, orange, and yellow at the top, through green, blue, indigo, and violet toward the bottom, the decorations give the tree a rainbow-like appearance,” Gendelman reveals of the trend.

Taste, however, according to the Colorado native is subjective. “The rainbow tree won’t be for everyone, but that’s half the fun of decorating for Christmas. My only advice would be to pick a style or theme and stick to it. Don’t be tempted to mix ideas, such as luxe and international fusion as it is likely to look fussy, confused, or otherwise unappealing,” he adds, wrapping up.

Jordan Gendelman runs a successful interior design business alongside his brother, Bruce Gendelman. The Gendelmans are based in Pitkin County, Colorado, serving clients in and around Aspen, Basalt, and Snowmass Village, as well as further afield, such as in Palm Beach, Florida, where the court of public opinion might bring their favorite designer to decorate a palm tree for the holidays. Jordan and Bruce Gendelman specialize in the psychology of color, as well as both modern and period interiors delivered with a commitment to quality and service.

Jordan Gendelman looks at “color of the year” forecasts for 2019

By | Jordan Gendelman

So-called “color of the year” predictions have included shades of blue, green, pink, red, and yellow in the last decade alone.

With Pantone, best known for its proprietary color matching system, selecting ‘Ultra Violet’ for its color of the year in 2018, following ‘Greenery,’ ‘Rose Quartz,’ ‘Marsala,’ ‘Radiant Orchid,’ and ‘Emerald’ in the five years prior, 2019’s color of the year is anyone’s guess according to Jordan Gendelman, a professional interior designer from Colorado.

Guessing, however, may not be necessary, as even with several months still to go until 2019, predictions have already been made by a number of color psychology experts and trend forecasters.

If PPG Industries—the American Fortune 500 company and global supplier of paints, coatings, and specialty materials—is to be believed, a rich teal shade takes the top spot for next year’s big color.

“PPG has selected a color which it calls ‘Night Watch’ – an arresting teal, luxe shade, which has been selected by its board of international color experts,” interior designer Gendelman explains.

The brand suggests that the color will allow homeowners to “emulate the feeling of lush greenery and the healing power of nature” in their homes and other interiors—or exterior—spaces.

“The dark green hue pulls memories of natural environments to the surface to recreate the calming, invigorating euphoria which we feel when in nature,” suggests PPG senior marketing manager Dee Schlotter.

With Pantone and Behr, who also publish a popular annual color of the year, still to show their cards, anything could happen says Gendelman, who currently runs a successful interiors business with brother Jordan Gendelman. “I suspect we’ll see similar colors from all of them, however,” Jordan adds. “Rich blues and greens have been making waves on-and-off for a couple of years now, so it’s perhaps time that they got some proper recognition!”

Explaining more of its ‘Night Watch’ color, PPG’s senior marketing manager continues, “The color can be incorporated into interiors as a focal accent, perhaps in a bedroom or dining room, and it pairs nicely with gold or brass accessories and decor.”

She goes on, “For exteriors, it’s a gorgeous alternative to the trending black or deepest blue, and it works well as an accent on doors and shutters.”

Bruce agrees, adding in conclusion, “Color is like therapy for me, and I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings, but I’m certainly excited for an explosion of rich blues and greens if early predictions are anything to go by.”