Stacy Gar­cia

Décor - - Life In Color -

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

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