AkzoNobel’s Aesthetic Center has just published its Colour Futures 2011 guide. The dominant trend they predict is Appreciation, a refreshing concept, non? As they say, “This concept is packed with what we hold most dear and truthful — a home base that is simple and informal and rooted in the here and now.” The color they suggest to represent this trend is what they call Lime Twist, shown as the lower wall color in the photo below.

Lime Twist courtesy of colourfutures.com

Lime Twist courtesy of colourfutures.com

One might also call this spring green, lemongrass, or a mellow chartreuse. In my opinion it is warmer than pistachio. It’s not exactly wasabi, either, but if you want to call it that, I won’t argue.

I happen to love this color and think it mixes harmoniously with many other colors, such as the grey as shown in the photo. I would also put it with many shades of blue and brown, and think it would really shine with hot shades of pink or orange. Lavender would be a soothing mate.

Here are some products from I Dream of France that feature Lime Twist:

La Lavande Tilleul Soap at I Dream of France

La Lavande Tilleul Soap at I Dream of France

Bougies la Francaise Candlesticks from I Dream of France

Bougies la Francaise Candlesticks from I Dream of France

Beauville Orchids Linen Tea Towel from I Dream of France

Beauville Orchids Linen Tea Towel from I Dream of France

Merci to the fabulous Ellen Kennon who wrote about this report on Twitter and her blog!

— Brett

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We are restocking our popular line of gift boxed, paper wrapped scented soaps from Provence Santé. We offer Lavender, Linden (a customer favorite), Vervain, and new to the collection is Apricot. We sell a lot of these year round, yet the beautiful gift boxes decorated with photographs of flowers and fruits make them a winning gift this time of year. Provence Santé soaps are available online and in our Old Town Tustin boutique. Consider them to round out your gift list, or treat yourself!

Provence Sante French Country Scented Gift Soaps

Provence Sante French Country Scented Gift Soaps

Photo courtesy of SEEN by Lam Photography.