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The Solid Collections

During the 15th century Italian Renaissance, painters and their apprentices would start each day anew, mixing and matching their pigments to a previous day’s work. Precious minerals like lapis would have been used to produce a rich ultramarine, while red lac was utilized to create the lush crimson tone we know was used for a royal’s velvet robes. Pigments would be combined by each artist with just the right recipe of oils and thinners for a perfect consistency.

Adapting to this process that originated with the masters, and pairing their ancient methods with today’s digital technologies and modern capabilities, we have developed The Solid Collections. Spanning four volumes, these expertly curated collections show 156 colors that represent the best of the best in the hospitality industry, and are guaranteed to be on trend for years to come. Besides making it extremely easy to select colors, professional color matching can be done using the Electronic color matching tool, powered by WeaveUp. The color matching tool is a device that can be utilized to match additional product categories within each project space. Our machinery is calibrated to properly match, so that the color you pick is the color you get.

The beauty of The Solid Collections, since they are part of the Valley Forge Out Of Time series, is that large quantities are available to you within only one to two weeks! So much thought and confidence were put into the selection of these colors that it is ensured to be the quickest shipment so you can meet your project deadlines.

Now, instead of matching to a previous days’ or weeks’ worth of samples and color development progress, you can customize an entire matching room with one minute, one finger. 15th century artists never had it so easy!300_Post-Printed_Solid


5 Tools Everyone in the Design Industry Should Use

It can be a difficult task to create or complete something when you don’t have the right tools to do so. How does a painter paint with no paintbrush? Of course there is a multitude of ways, but there are normally only a few which turn out to be the most effective. Imagine trying to fly a plane without any gauges or sensors telling you which way to go or whether you’re flying too high. This can lead to unfortunate consequences or at the very least, a ton of frustration and an end result that is less than desirable.painting_post

The first tool that every design professional should have in their arsenal is a wide array of inspirational references. This includes fashion, art, design, and technology magazines; articles about design innovations, photographs of people, places, or things that have interesting backstories – or those that you can create a backstory for! Save a variety of pieces from all over, you never know when something may spark a new idea where it didn’t before.

Sometimes in order to get your point across it needs to be shown in a way that is visual rather than verbal. Design software like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop is a quick and easy way to draw out a design or ‘roomscape’ to show a client or even just to include as part of your design board. If you aren’t so technologically advanced, or happen to be a better hand sketcher, then make sure to have a drawing kit with pencils, erasers, rulers, etc. on hand. It may even benefit to keep both in your tool kit for situations when one may work better than the other.

Always keep a camera or your phone on you! Being able to instantly snap and capture inspiration on the daily is an invaluable resource for when you are in the studio or at your workbench later on. Remember, anything can be used to inspire, so be ready and waiting to seize the moment as it passes by you! Along with images of your influences, swatches of color and different types of fabrics are a great resource to keep stashed away in your workspace. Seeing and knowing how different colors and textures work for and against each other can really open your eyes to new design possibilities and innovations. Having a physical representation of color, pattern, or texture benefits the big picture and aids in your conceptualization.Living_room_

Lastly, motivation is one of your most important design tools! Without motivation, where will you get the drive to create new things? Without motivation, how will you take your design to the next level? Motivation has a distinct meaning to each and every person, and how you use it – along with all four of the other tools – will determine the success of you and your design.