Paint­ing trends for ev­ery home

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE - Mal­colm Hull — Mas­ter Builders re­gional man­ager Mackay & Whit­sun­day Mal­colm Hull

IF YOU are won­der­ing what colour to paint your bed­room, or the ideal hue for your kitchen cab­i­nets, those colour trend gu­rus at Pan­tone might have the an­swers.

Each year US-based trend and colour fore­cast­ers Pan­tone un­veil their pre­dic­tions for the com­ing year, and for 2017 they re­cently re­vealed nine colour pal­ettes for home and in­te­ri­ors.

Some of their trends in­cluded the in­creas­ing use of maps as a de­sign el­e­ment; the resur­gence of black and white im­agery; the use of un­ex­pected colour com­bi­na­tions that seem dis­cor­dant but still work; pix­i­lated and digi­tised pat­terns; and the pop­u­lar­ity of green as the colour of na­ture and of health and well­ness.

Pan­tone ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Leatrice Eise­man told a ca­pac­ity crowd at her an­nual sem­i­nar at the 2016 In­ter­na­tional Home + House­wares Show in Chicago that metallics re­main pop­u­lar, with “all kinds of house­hold ob­jects being trans­formed into ob­jects d’art.”

Pan­tone’s nine dis­tinc­tive colour group­ings are: Day Dreaming. This pal­ette is a con­tin­u­a­tion of Pan­tone’s 2016 Colour of the Year pas­tel theme, with colours that evoke thoughts that are light and weight­less – in con­trast to the heav­i­ness of day-to-day stresses.

At Ease. A va­ri­ety of ever-pop­u­lar neu­trals, both cool and warm, are blended with muted tones in a way that seems ef­fort­less.

Na­tive In­stincts. Style-wise, cur­rent and fu­ture fore­casts point to a ho­mo­ge­neous mix of de­sign and colour where a piece of Na­tive Amer­i­can pot­tery is com­pat­i­ble with a Turk­ish kilim car­pet and/or a pre-Columbian arte­fact.

Flora bun­dant. Just like its name im­plies, Flora bun­dant is filled with the sump­tu­ous beauty of rich flo­ral hues.

Ac­quired Taste. In both food and

sur­round­ings, an ac­quired taste means an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the dis­tinc­tively dif­fer­ent. Such is the case with this pal­ette which of­fers a mix of colours and/or tex­tures not com­monly seen to­gether.

For­est Bathing. A con­tem­pla­tive walk in the woods re­con­nects the in­di­vid­ual with na­ture and el­e­vates their mood. Sev­eral shades of green and blue-green are en­listed.

Rem­i­nis­cence. Tra­di­tional shades like Mar­itime Blue and Sepia Tint con­vey a sense of nos­tal­gia and sta­bil­ity, but the mix of new colours like murky Mar­tini Olive and Bird’s Egg Green keep the pal­ette feel­ing fresh.

Raw Ma­te­ri­als. Both the re-use and re-pur­pos­ing of ma­te­ri­als from na­ture and the health and well­ness move­ment are rep­re­sented in this pal­ette.

Graphic Im­prints. De­scribed by Eise­man as “great fun,” this pal­ette starts with a base of black and white but then pulls in a se­ries of strong, vi­brant colours with names that tell a story them­selves: Blaz­ing Yel­low, Daz­zling Blue, Prism Pink, Fan­dango Pink, Opa­line Green and Or­ange Pop­si­cle.

Visit www.home­of­build­ to dis­cover the many ben­e­fits of build­ing with a Mas­ter Builders mem­ber or find a Mas­ter Builders mem­ber who is avail­able for your next build­ing or ren­o­va­tion project. You can also email your ques­tions to askan­ex­

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