Colour trends

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When choos­ing colours for your next home dé­cor project, a look to the past cen­tury can of­fer in­spi­ra­tion. From metal­lic sil­vers to dusty pinks to neu­tral beiges, paint colour trends have changed and evolved over the cen­tury, yet many colours stand the test of time.

Rewind, for ex­am­ple, to the early 1900s when we em­braced a grow­ing trend for op­u­lence in dé­cor show­cas­ing el­e­gance and grandeur in rooms (think Down­town Abbey) with bold, dark colours. A glam­orous ap­proach to de­sign in the roar­ing 20s con­tin­ued with the use of golds, blacks and sil­vers – in­flu­enced by the Art Deco styles of Hol­ly­wood. New trend colours this year, with hues like Spec­tro­lite (PF73) and Boy­sen­berry (PF23) from Canada’s PARA Paints, re­sem­ble the in­vig­o­rat­ing blues and lux­u­ri­ous Bordeaux reds of decades past.

Mov­ing into the 40s and 50s post-war era, Cana­di­ans saw the emer­gence of softer pas­tel shades. The de­sign trends saw an ex­plo­sion of mint greens and pow­der pinks, while, the 60s ‘flower power’ gen­er­a­tion showed a trend to­wards vivid, psy­che­delic colours. In a nod to this decade of won­der­ful chaos, the “any­thing goes” at­ti­tude of PARA’s new Im­pulse pal­ette is bring­ing back shades like Alexan­drite (PF61) and Guava (PF32) sim­i­lar to the bright teals and blaz­ing or­anges that were so in­flu­en­tial in that decade.

Earthy tones reigned supreme dur­ing the 1970s with such sta­ples as burnt or­ange and har­vest gold. The 80s saw a re­turn to pinks, pur­ples and greens, but this time it was shock­ing neon hues that seized the fash­ion and dé­cor styles of the day. The mil­len­nium brought us a re­vival of tinted whites and clas­sic neu­trals with a move­ment that was led by a min­i­mal­is­tic ap­proach to designing with colour. Clas­sic and mod­ern neu­trals like the stone grey Rose­mary (PF25) from PARA’s Dawn pal­ette com­ple­ment the most re­cent decade of sub­tle el­e­gance.

“Over the past 100 years we have seen many colour trends come and go – prov­ing that to know where you’re go­ing, you have to know where you’ve been,” says Garry Belfall, se­nior brand manager at PARA Paints. “As 2015 marks our 100th an­niver­sary, we are ex­cited to rein­tro­duce the clas­sic colours in our 2015 Cen­ten­nial Colour Pal­ette that have in­spired decades of de­sign.”

The past can be a source for end­less in­spi­ra­tion and as the adage of­ten goes, ev­ery­thing old is new again.

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