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Milou Ket ramps up reds

Dutch forecaster Milou Ket focuses her colors for 2003 on five themes. Femininity and pretty colors are the focus of Romantic Dreams, her palette of pale, refined pastels or fresher pastels. Fabrics are lighter, and embroidery and iridescence play a role. "Lace is coming back," Ket adds. "Flower prints will also be popular, with large or out-of-scale flowers."

Technicolor is very important in the contemporary interior, she said, and is her second palette. Here the base is often white or neutral, with another color added. Red is the most important color in this group, which sometimes shows up in combination with black and white. Orange is also a vibrant color, and these two colors are sometimes paired with pink. Materials are either dull or high shine or fluorescent.

Ellen Robinson, Ket's New York-based rep, added that her clients are after the brights now. "People have been doing a safe palette for so long," she said. The jacquard market, for example, "wants much more color; they're very beiged and grayed out."

Urban Comfort is a balance between materials that are smooth and materials that have a comforting and tactile quality. These are very refined colors, Ket said, with a business professional feel. White and beige are the important base here, and metallics and transparency remain important. The color ranges from white and grayed pastels, with deep purples and violets, though black and white are vital. "Textures are important to balance colors," she added.

Cross-Cultural mixes historical European influences with those coming from such countries as China, Japan, India, Morocco. Different colonial influences also mix with tofolklore influences from Russia, and Latin America. Red is an important color here, as in the film "Moulin Rouge" with its baroque setting. With a deep, rich color palette, this trend is mostly opulent with rich ornamentation.

The Botanic theme is inspired by botany, as well as zoological and mineral scientific sources such as fossils, engravings and imprints of botanical motifs. Fibrous woven materials such as hemp, jute, seagrass, raffia and such are in demand. Colors are neutrals, some natural beige tones, a brick and some shades of green. "Nature is still very important, whether it's true or translated," Ket said.

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