25 March 2009

Color and design trends

Items and events as diverse as pomegranates, Mad Men, Africa and the economy have an effect on color and design trends.
The economy has pushed us from cocooning to burrowing, says trend watcher Lee Eiseman. Dressed in a yellow (Pantone's color of the year, see image, left) jacket with a Nehru collar, Lee summarized the eight color palettes that are shaping home furnishings in her March presentation at the International Home and Housewares show. These trends are named:
Greenmarket. Spurred on by a need for healthier foods. Colors include Tomato Puree, Beaujolais, Apple Green and Chutney.
Resourceful. The need to manage and preserve natural resources. Colors: Sequoia, Golden Ochre, Aqua Sky, Tigerlily.
Transformations. A nostalgic and idyllic palette. Soothing colors, including: Stratosphere Blue, Creme de Menthe, Crushed Violets, Amberlight.
Ambiance. Glamour and retro-nostalgic. See it in higher-ticket items. Rich Coffee Bean, Cognac, Silver Pink and a taupe-cast Brindle are among the colors.
Gatherings. Inspired by Africa. Cypress Green, Smoke Blue, Sand and Oasis.
Galaxy. Blues and greens, but updated with infusions of fuchsias, purples and hot pink.
High Definition. Clarity, classicism and modernism, accented with blacks, whites and grays. Purple is an ongoing theme in this palette.
Pastiche. A collection of unexpected styles. This palette is a continuation of last year's Anime. Absinthe Green, Chipmunk, Mimosa Yellow and Little Boy Blue are some of the colors.
Tinged Neutrals. Reflecting the trend to "play it safe." Tinged with green or blue, classic off-white and Champagne Beige.

For more information about the 2010 Color Direction for the Home Furnishings and Interior Design Industries, buy the book at the Pantone website.
Read more about color trends at Lee Eiseman's blog.

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