As a Designer, I am always asked about latest colors trends. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a color seminar by Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and one the leading authorities on color worldwide. It is surprising the diversity of industries that influence the color trends that influence our design choices and ultimately end up in our homes. There are nine distinct themes that influence our color trends for 2014.
Techno Color is influenced by our rapidly emerging and ever changing technology sector. We see vibrant and deep hues, often in reflective surfaces. Whether in cell phone cases, or iPads, or the multitude of cutting edge electronics, or the latest prototype car, color is a prominent aspect of the new product designs. It includes shades like faceted emerald, turquoise like blue, exuberant orange, strong vital purple, true blue, jet black, and dark citron.
Physicality is influenced by our societies’ dedication to healthy lifestyle. It boasts colors of power and energy tempered by the necessity for calm and introspection. Strong bold hues are tempered against colors that inspire calm and healing. It includes shades of forged iron, a satellite gray, antique moss and gothic olive against herbal lavender, grayed grape, rosy brown, and quiet ephemeral foggy gray.
Sculpted Simplicity gets inspiration from the fine arts. It recognizes how important shape, structure and form are to the environment. Colors in this palette are unassuming, sophisticated and beautifully harmonized together. It includes travertine, anthracite, blanc de blanc, twilight mauve, anodized brown, ethereal gray and silver.
Fluidity has its roots in the bold colors found in islands like the Bahamas. The entertainment industry has recently brought new interest to this vital color palette through popular movies like Casino Royale. The cooling hues of shimmering blue and green waters are in sharp contrast to the multitude of bright colors found both below and above the water, inspire the color palette for fluidity. It includes absinthe green, violet tulle, samoan sun, dewberry purple and orange corals.
Collage can be interpreted as “Old is New”. We’ve all seen the worn finish on everything from furniture to accessories. It focuses on the charming designs that demonstrate ingenuity and resourcefulness. There is something familiar and comfortable and still new and exciting about this collection. It includes tea rose, deep reddish rhubarb, warm pumpkin spice, sheepskin, margarita green, provincial blue, aqua and teal.
Intimacy is one of my personal favorites. It embraces a relationship of colors that are expressed in tints and tones that are both inviting and soft, and yet, softly complimentary. A happy marriage of adaptable warm, cool and neutral tones. Combinations are not quite pastels, but give a subtly of the hint of color. A wonderfully soothing and relaxing combination, perfect for the color scheme of the master bedroom or ensuite spa where you want to get away from it all. It includes gardenia, lotus blossom pink, rose cloud, fawn, café crème, pale lavender, and opal grey.
Moda is all about attention to detail. Its inspiration comes from high fashion. Examples can be found in the Hunger Games “Upper Society” fashions and décor. Combinations can be theatrical or whimsical, but always bold and tasteful! It includes Red Dahlia, blackberry cordial, wood violet, yellowed amber green, Corsican blue, magenta haze, linden green, and rich gold.
Tribal Trends takes us all back to our roots. Travel has brought diverse cultures into mainstream fashion and décor. Whether artwork or clothing or decor, we always bring something back home from our travels. This palette encompasses many different cultures and can be disarmingly simple or complex and colorful. It includes bleached sand, kangaroo brown, arabesque burnt orange, goblin blue, curry, peppercorn, rose3 dusted cedar shade, and taupe toned incense.
Eccentricities allows the individual to express him/herself. It caters to everyone from the young tween slowly establishing their space to the senior who chooses to make a statement. It’s highly original. You must approach this color palette with a sense of adventure, experimentation and acceptance. Be bold, be fun, be creative! It includes neon green, zesty lemon, nectarine, skydiver blue, fudge sickle brown, strawberry ice, black and white.
So when I am asked what colors are in, I usually just smile and ask what colors do you like? That should be our starting point. Then our options are only limited by my clients’ desired mood for the space and their sense of adventure. Let’s create the space that makes the statement you wish to make! Our color choices and nearly limitless!!