Pantone points to an increased use of colour confidence in the home thanks to the alignment of fashion and interior palettes trends. Anna Flanders reports.
January 18th, 2012
Home furnishings are increasingly being linked to fashion trends, lead times between the two are narrowing and that’s driving the march of more colour into our interiors, according to Pantone’s vice-president of fashion, home and interiors Laurie Pressman.
“With so much colour in fashion right now, people are getting more comfortable with seeing and wearing it. So, as people continue to spend more time at home, this comfort has translated into colour being used as a way to liven up their living spaces,” she says.
“We are seeing bolder shades and novel colour combinations showing up in a big way in some very unexpected places, like countertop appliances and seating.
Fab fridges by Smeg, pictured in Smeg’s Melbourne showroom
’Spool’ chairs by Keisuke Fujiwara, courtesy of the designer
“However, when it comes to higher ticket furniture or floor and window treatments, we are still seeing more neutral shades playing a big role. The key is to mix the playful with the practical.”
Pantone’s latest interior palettes range from a conservative, relaxing and quiet Nonchalance, which features pastel pinks, ethereal blues, soft egret white, taupe, gray and grape tones, to an attention-grabbing Back to the Fuschia colourway, which features reds, purples, pinks and a peridot.
“However, a stand-out trend is the continued international presence of metallics and woodgrains, used on their own or together.
“The natural warmth of the wood plays into our need for sturdiness, security and comfort while the shiny metallic finish speaks to technology and is futuristic. The combination of these two opposite materials serves as a balance, though its contemporary feeling seems better suited for a more modern space,” Laurie says.
Ingrain Pewter by Axolotl
Pantone discerns its trend colours, combinations and stylings through observations of the natural world and influences that will impact the world in the future, such as social issues, the economy, technology, lifestyles and playstyles, diversions, entertainments and the needs, moods, fantasies and aspirations of consumers.
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