Color trends in Interior Design
By Marcie Cooperman on Nov, 2 2015
Color in the home is a funny thing. Our living environment has a way of regulating the colors we consider acceptable, right down to their hues, intensities and values. Some are perfect for us, some are merely ok, and some verboten. It’s a question of risk. And of quantity. Although we may love red, for example, we may consider it too risky for a long-term purchase like the sofa, or too strong for large areas like the walls.
But trends may fly in the face of comfort. For example, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015 is a glorious brown-red called Marsala, and in the stores we find everything Marsala. Red is too strong for your taste? This year it looks like the wider picture – the long-term trend – offers choices molded to our comfort levels. Although fewer colors are offered, they include cool, natural colors as well as fun primaries and secondaries.
In my last blog, I noted 2016 trend preferences for natural materials and colors, and sustainable materials that look like natural materials. The big-ticket items like sinks, cabinets, and flooring are showing up in easy-to-live-with low intensity colors. This makes bathrooms feel like cool, inviting places.
Pantone’s prediction for the top 10 colors: “weaves of earth neutrals with a range of bold color statements and patterns to reflect a landscape of hope, fun, fantasy and all things natural.”
Ideagroup offers natural colors
The Pantone Color Trends chart illustrates that the new colors are tones – mixed with gray. This reduces their intensity, and makes them more suitable for large areas of color, like Ian Archer’s sofa. It also gives them a connection with each other, one so familial that you could close your eyes and pick any two, and they would blend together.
Ian Archer’s Demi sofa
Pantone Color Trends for 2015-16
Color variations being offered tend toward the primary and secondary hues, and the idea is to put several together to personalize the product for the customer. Separate pillows can combine colors and patterns on the sofa with abandon, or one pillow can do the trick.
Cowtan and Tout
Graphic patterns in throw pillows
SCP Furniture offers sofas in fun colors, all of which would look pretty under Madart’s throw pillow.
Madart Inc – Refreshing throw pillow
SCP Furniture, Continuous sofa by Faudet Harrison
SCP Furniture, Linear sofa by Terence Woodgate
SCP Furniture, Solstice sofa
More than fabrics, colors are showing up in unexpected places, like Hem’s customizable pendant lights.
Hem customizable lighting elements are available in eight shapes and nine hues
The wall-coverings industry is also eager to jump into the game. Flavor Paper includes primary and secondary hues in its Globetrotter paper; York wallpaper does the same for its Meet Me In… paper”.
Flavor Paper – Globetrotter
York wallpaper – Meet Me In…
So, the future is colorful/fun, and neutral/sane at the same time. How? Feel free to indulge in your favorite colors in smaller areas that can be easily replaced, while the room can be defined by cool and contemporary walls and furniture made for long-term enjoyment.