COLOR STORY: Introducing Millennial Pink

 For 2018, the color pink will be a popular hue to add sophistication to a room. From palest rose to brightest fuchsias, it may be the most exciting design surprise of late.

Described as a pale red when it was first featured in the 17th century, it was related to men for 200 years. Since the 1920s, however, pink has been associated with women, charm, sensitivity, romance and childhood. Because of this, pink has been relegated to kids’ rooms and flowery, feminine design.

Sherwin-Williams “Charming Pink” shown above.

In its most current iteration, pink has been reintroduced as a modern neutral. As it is now called—“millennial pink”— transcends gender and design rules alike. The name millennial pink comes from the millennial generation, who has adopted the peachy, light salmon shade as a rule-breaking replacement for the “safer” neutrals like the beiges, creams and grays traditionally used.

“Millennial pink is useful in so many applications. It’s taking the concept of what beige was 10 years ago. Now this pinky neutral has snuck in.” A generation known for rejecting labels, both in society and in design, millennials have made pink a hue that can bridge age, gender and style boundaries.” – Sue Wadden, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing

Though millennial pink is now the “it” shade, all shades of pink are having a moment. Whether your style is elegant, casual, chic or bohemian, the right tone of pink could be the exact change you’ve been craving for a while.

Chic pink hues from Sherwin-Williams Company.

Pair pink with violet or black and create a seductive look. Pair it with white for a beach house or children’s room. Pair it with a contemporary color like teal or put it with grey or black for sophistication. Put it with simple furniture or with elegant grand English, French or Italian pieces. Use it in a manor house or cottage, in a bathroom, formal living room or kitchen. Organic collections look softer with pink and bohemian rooms look just dreamy. It’s versatile, uncommon and both dynamic and cozy.

So whether you choose rose quartz, hydrangea pink, shell, bubble gum or the ubiquitous millennial pink—brush, spray and roll a color that will excite you and thrill you for a very long time.

DESIGN NEWS: Top 3 Design Trends for 2018

With a new year comes evolutions in fashion, technology and, our favorite, 2018 design trends. This past fall, design professionals traveled to the annual High Point Fall Market in North Carolina to see the latest introductions in residential interiors. At the same time, the Indiana Design Center hosted a panel discussion featuring leading kitchen and bath professionals and keynote speaker, Judd Lord, senior industrial designer for Brizo and Delta Faucet Co., to celebrate the design industry’s official Kitchen & Bath Month. Amidst the excitement, it is clear that new trends have emerged and we are eager to preview them for you.

Dark & Metallic

The winning combination for 2018 is the marriage of dark finishes with metallics, namely black and gold. The two-tone application is classic but offers a modern edge to a space and can be accomplished through plumbing fixtures, like those in Brizo’s Litze collection, or through accessories, lighting and hardware.

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Brizo Litze kitchen faucet from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, suite 101.

Sustainable Design

Sustainable design is a broad topic and one taking on more and more steam in the design industry. Why? Because the earth’s natural resources are limited and many industry professionals are committed to coming up with innovative and simple ways to eliminate negative impacts on our environment and health, and to make your home function better as a part of that philosophy. Examples of sustainably-designed products include materials made from renewable resources like bamboo flooring or energy- efficient LED light fixtures. Investing in longer-lasting and high performance products also reduces the need to continually replace them and produce new ones.

Think Pink

For 2018, the color pink continues to be a key trend. From palest rose to brightest fuchsias, it may be the most exciting design surprise of late. Whether your style is elegant, casual, chic or bohemian, the right shade of pink could be the change you’ve wanted for a while. Organic collections look softer with pink and bohemian rooms look just dreamy. It’s versatile, uncommon and both dynamic and cozy.

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Blush lumbar pillow available from Collective Designs at Holder Mattress, suite 119.

Chic pink hues from Sherwin-Williams Company.

Are you ready to refresh your interiors with the 2018 design trends or build from the ground up? Visit the Indiana Design Center Monday through Saturday, or call the concierge at 317-569-5975 to schedule your personal tour. With 15 design showrooms and more than 20 interior design professionals all under one roof, you can explore and experience the latest design trends firsthand.

How to Design a Healthy Home for the Mind + Body

A well-designed space should be beneficial to your health and wellness and make a positive impact on your life. Adam Gibson, principal of Adam Gibson Design, located at the Indiana Design Center, speaks across the country about how to design a healthy home. Gibson suggests the following design tips to help improve your overall well-being.

Healthy Home Tip #1: Bring Nature Inside

Being outdoors offers a sense of reprieve from our everyday, technologically over-connected lives, so using natural elements in your home helps achieve a calming design scheme. Accessorizing with greenery like a succulent garden or using materials from the earth, like natural stone or a grasscloth wallcovering, will heighten your connection to the outdoors.

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An orchid lends a tranquil feel to this spa-like bathroom. From the portfolio of Adam Gibson Design.

Healthy Home Tip #2: Improve Indoor Air Quality

The industry term “off-gassing” is used to describe the release of chemicals known as VOCs (volatile organic compounds) by household products and is linked to serious health concerns. To reduce your exposure to VOCs and improve indoor air quality, always choose paint that qualifies as zero-VOC and be mindful of flooring selections, because carpet and hardwoods produce the most VOCs in the home. In the construction or remodeling phase of design, you can add air filter systems to provide cleaner “makeup air” which pulls air in your home from outside when using an exhaust fan, rather than pulling it from an attic or crawl space. When in doubt, ask a professional to guide you in making safer product and design selections.

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Make careful product selections with zero or low VOC emissions to promote a healthy home environment. From the portfolio of Adam Gibson Design.

Healthy Home Tip #3: Embrace Natural Light

Nearly 50 percent of people in the U.S. are vitamin D deficient, which can trigger low serotonin levels related to depression and anxiety. Just as athletes achieve the “runners high” that results from serotonin released through exercise, serotonin levels can increase with exposure to natural sunlight. Consider window treatments such as sheers or adjustable shades that allow privacy but do not completely block sunlight. Well-appointed skylights, whether conventional or tubular, are also great options, and the infusion of natural light will cut down on your electricity bill.

Want to learn more? Contact Gibson with questions and visit the Indiana Design Center showrooms to see the products and resources that can help you to achieve a healthy home. The Indiana Design Center is located at 200 S. Rangeline Road in Carmel ( and Adam Gibson Design can be reached at [email protected] (

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Allow natural light to infuse your living space for exposure to vitamin D. From the portfolio of Adam Gibson Design.

Ths article was originally written for Indianapolis’ Active Life Magazine.

About Adam Gibson Design: Warmth, Simplicity & Clarity in Design

Adam GibsonAdam Gibson is a design professional specializing in luxury home additions, kitchens and bathrooms, entertainments spaces, and commercial suites. Known for an infusion of clean lines, natural light, warmth, and efficient use of space, Adam brings an outside-the-box imagination, an ear attuned to his clients’ needs, eco-friendly technologies and the desire to create a healthy indoor environment to each of his designs.

Comprehensive construction documents along with color renderings, contractor-client liaison and construction management are all services available to clients. Adam is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer as designated by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

VIDEO: See Inside the Indiana Design Center

The showrooms and professionals located at the Indiana Design Center bring together a premier collection of resources and experts to help you build, remodel, or redecorate your home. The IDC is Open to the Public and showrooms feature national brands and products made locally by Indiana-based companies.

Watch the video below for a tour inside the IDC and introduction to the resources available to the public and design professionals. Call the IDC Concierge desk at 317-569-5976 to schedule your personal tour or send your questions to [email protected]. See you at the IDC!