The Color of the Future

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I attended the Color Marketing Group Conference back in September to participate in their workshops where color directions for the next year or more are discussed and identified.

It is no surprise that the talk was centered on the economy and our reaction to it. Global events and influences are commonplace in the group as our members come from all over the world and sharing palettes from those countries made for some interesting observations. For example, when palettes from Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America were consolidated it was determined that purple was represented more than any other color family.

Color Fashions Lilac Legends 127-5 represents the forecasted purple, not a surprise when we consider looking at things differently. Designers spend a great deal of time putting a new face on current products, one way to do that is to color it in an unexpected hue. Purple had a reputation for being a feminine color but has mainstreamed to the masculine market in recent years.

Muralo Color Fashions Lilac Legends 127-5

Blue, never absent from the palette, is destined to be a red cast blue such as Color Is Fresh Take, 1278. Neutral Grays such as Color Fashions Silver Side 141-2 are a perfect backdrop for this bright and lively blue. Gray was the topic of discussion as a replacement for the common beige, not overtaking it, but giving neutrals a fresh new look.

Muralo Color Is Fresh Take, 1278

Oranges are down to earth, homage to our appreciation of our planet. Color Fashions Red Wall 182-6 is a rich deep terra cotta and pairs well with the forecasted Color Fashions Weathered Wood 158-6. This deep green infused neutral is a natural complement to the brighter pops of color.

Color Fashions Weathered Wood 158-6

Enter the 70’s. Colors that populated that period of time are returning in newer and fresher versions. The bright orange Muralo Color Fashions Earth Henna 108-6, A yellow cast orange, Color Is Heat of Summer 1025 and a new take on avocado Color Is Origin 791 makes this pattern hop into the 21st century.

70's pattern

Color Is Perennial Garden 759 brings the beauty of our gardens into our homes to give us a Mother Nature boost. A soft pink, Color Is Petals Unfolding 1092 adds to this garden bonanza as a soft feminine pink.

Muralo Color Is Perennial Garden 759

Sun rooms are back in style, lots of light and nature’s neutral, green, create a peaceful retreat. Color Fashions Surrey Ridge 154-6 and all the other colors on that stripecard are perfect backgrounds for ecology minded haven. Wood tones complement this look in Color Is Dodge Pole 157, a warm woodsy brown.

Muralo Color Fashions Surrey Ridge 154-6

The economy has affected all areas of our home, mostly our pocketbooks. With this in mind consumers are taking the economic route of repainting rather than redoing. Take advantage of this trend and show your customers ways to repaint while making a huge change in their environment.

Pat Verlodt

Categories: Color Trends

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