Painting trends for every home
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.
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