COLORISTA (KOL-ORE-EE-STAH) N. – A DESIGNER WITH IMPECCABLE TASTE AND AN EYE FOR COLORS BOTH STUNNING AND ON-TREND.
This year Whyte & Company is excited to have by our side at launch four of the most talented designers across the U.S.: Kerrie Kelly, Lisa Escobar, Michel Boyd and Shay Geyer. As members of our inaugural team, each Colorista™ brings with them a color for the Fall 2016 collection that is as eye-catching as it is trend setting.
DORIAN GREY BY MICHEL SMITH BOYD
Michel Smith Boyd is an award-winning designer and recognized trendsetter based in Atlanta who is not afraid to make a statement with a style that Whyte & Company Founder and CEO Kim Vance describes as “approachable Old Hollywood glam.”
“I chose charcoal grey simply because it's an instant classic,” said Boyd. “Charcoal is one of those versatile colors that can read as cool or warm in color temperature, and is relevant in every design genre's pallet. I always have a need to touch an object finished in this color in order to identify its construction: that's cool.”
Boyd named the color Dorian Grey for the beauty obsessed literary character. “In the story he didn't age, and for me, neither does this color.
DRESS BLUES BY KERRIE KELLY
As a Northern California interior designer Kerrie Kelly, of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, is an award-winning interior designer, author, and multi-media consultant. When asked about her color, Dress Blues, she said, “At Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, we feel navy blue is the color of the decade. This is the key reason we chose to have "Dress Blues" as our signature color as a Whyte & Company Colorista.”
Kerrie believes Dress Blues, and shades of navy in general, have a distinct ability to create contrast while playing a key role as a new neutral for interiors creating unmatched versatility. According to Kelly, “Dress Blues is a hue that can anchor a space or provide the perfect accent depending on where you decide to specify it in the home.”
SHAY BLUE BY SHAY GEYER
Shay Geyer’s vibrant personality and personal approach to design land her high-profile and lifelong clients at her company, IBB Design in Dallas. She incorporates bold colors into her designs for both primary homes and vacation homes across the country. “I naturally gravitate to blues because they are both calming and coordinate so beautifully with a wide range of accent colors.
Shay Blue is a deep cobalt blue that is fresh without being overpowering or primary. Using this color on a sink says you want a unique designer look with a color you will enjoy daily for years to come.”
SWEET PLUM BY LISA ESCOBAR
With a mix of influences from travels around the world including locales like China, Spain, and France, Lisa Escobar has formed a style that is polished and clean and includes a nod to the glam of her home base in Las Vegas. When it came to her choice to introduce a deep and vibrant plum color, Lisa said she chose it because purples are the most powerful wavelength of the rainbow and bring that dynamic into the space immediately evoking joy.
“I created Sweet Plum to celebrate the essence of joy,” said Escobar, “which this color reminds me of as much as its namesake, my late step mother Sandy who will always be remembered as ‘Sweetie Pie’. She brought a smile to my face every day and this color does the same thing.”