Since founding her first company, Leba Tex — a commercial textile supplier—in 1999, designer Stacy Garcia has established an entire family of brands, designing everything from carpet and wallcoverings to upholstery, furniture, and lighting. Garcia and the team at her research-based design studio in New York are constantly looking for ways to take emerging trends in color, pattern, and material and creatively weave them into their designs. A chair holder of Color Marketing Group, an international association for color professionals, Garcia also acts as a consultant for various companies, such as Pratt & Lambert, using research to see where partners can improve their offerings, sales, and productivity. She describes what color means to a design and which colors are currently top of mind.
Q: Why do you think color is so important?
A: Color truly affects the mood and tone of a design. Pure colors, tints, and shades all influence how we feel, and different colors work well for different spaces. Color can bring us feelings of energy, tranquillity, security, and luxury.
Q: What are a few colors you are loving right now?
A: I’m using deep eggplant as a replacement for black in many of my designs. Pastels are my new neutral, and green has always been a favorite choice—from an energized pear to mineral greens, I’m loving it all.
Q: Do you have a color palette that never fails?
A: Our studio has an herbal-inspired palette that we call
“Tales of the Forest”—it features moss, mushroom, stone, evergreen, and fern hues accented by olive and bronze. You feel like you’ve escaped deep into the forest. The palette nurtures meditation practices and lets you break out from daily pressure. I often like to pair the palette with exotic woods and furs. Q: Do you have any tricks for successful color combos?
A: I like to pick an anchor color for my patterns and palettes. For example, if I am using blush, I pair it with dark eggplant for an edge.
Q: How do you take what you’ve learned through research and explain color to your clients and audience in a useful way?
A: We create a yearly trend guide to help steer our firm and our partners through decision-making and the design process. We also work with Pratt & Lambert on a feature called Color Crush at our blog, Life-Styled by Stacy Garcia, which suggests a different Pratt & Lambert paint color to our clients each month.
“I always say picking a favorite color is like picking a favorite child. I love them all.” —D E S I G N E R S TA C Y G A R C I A