Home Decor Color Trends 2006
Deep Reds, Patterns, Wallpaper are New Trends
Q: Is red still an important color ?
A: Its important to know that red is a family. The red color family can take you from bright red to red lacquer to berry wine to claret. The focus on the red family recently has been on pink. Pink has played a significant role for the last several seasons particularly pink used in combination with brown or black. Consumers have really embraced it.
One reason that darker, brighter reds haven't been that significant is that orange has been prominent. Orange is nothing but red with a lot of yellow in it. The red family can include orange as a cousin. In 2006 and 2007, you'll see the oranges back off and reds will become more important.
As we move into 2007, reds that were previously quite bright will start to have a little bit of black in them. The brights will calm down. The design market will move into blackened reds, like claret, a really dark red. We'll also have berry wine, which will have a blue cast rather than a black one
Q: How will these new reds be put to use ?
A: Since we've just gone through a cycle of solids, we're now in a cycle in which patterns and prints are more prominent.
Wallpaper is making a high-end comeback right now. That really speaks to our need to personalize.
Solids are great we will never be without solid colors. But patterns allow people to personalize their interiors in a way that solids don't. This is the further evolution of eclectic decorating through color and pattern.
Q: What advice do you have for consumers interested in adding a new color to their design mix ?
A: Most people don't throw out everything and start all over again with a new trend. You can continually freshen your environment by bringing new things in.
The life cycle of trends has dropped considerably in recent years. Before 2002, a trend might have enjoyed a life cycle of five years. Then it dropped to four years. In 2006, the life cycle has dropped to three years.
--Michelle Lamb is founder and chairman of Marketing Directions, a consulting firm specializing in forecasting trends for the residential home design industry. Lamb is based in Eden Prairie, Minn. Here, she answers questions about home color decor trends.
2006 Color Favorites
Eight companies that manufacture and market paint share what shades will be hot in 2006.
-BEHR, MOTHER NATURE: "The greens of 2006 are warm, more natural-looking and complement most other hot colors, such as browns, purples, even some yellows," said Tiffany Campbell, Behr spokeswoman. Available at Home Depot stores.
-DURON, ABLAZE: "Red is now, and this one is cross-cultural. It goes from a real midcentury modern feel that teams with black and white to Latin or Asian," says Mark Woodman, color marketing and design manager. Sold at all Duron stores.
-DUTCH BOY, PEACEFUL PINES: "A strong yellowy-green, kind of an avocado," says Donna Schroeder, color marketing manager. Not available at retailers until April.
-SHERWIN-WILLIAMS, JARGON JADE: This intense bluish green "reflects the influence from another culture, in this case China," said senior designer Becky Ralich Spak. Jade and vivid red "are a historic combination used on the exterior of many ancient temples."
-GLIDDEN, GOLDEN KIWI: Golden Kiwi's "comfort factor" helped the hue earn the title of Glidden's paint of the year for 2006. Golden Kiwi "embodies comfort, restoration and wellbeing" and "spices up" neutrals and dark hues, said Barbara Richardson, color director for ICI Paints, which makes Glidden
-BENJAMIN MOORE, QUEEN'S WREATH: "A purple-based color with gray undertones, very chameleonlike," says Eileen McComb, corporate communications administrator.
-PRATT & LAMBERT, BOUCLE: "It's between aqua and teal blue" and pairs nicely with dark brown, said P&L color marketing manager Peggy Van Allen.
-PITTSBURGH PAINTS, CATHEDRAL GLASS: Based on "environmentally conscious living, it's like a blend of grass and sky. It is a very strong organic color," says Dee Schlotter, marketing communications manager. Sold at all Pittsburgh Paints stores and other retailers.
Pittsburgh Paints Identifies 2006 Color Trends: The Light Years
Current world events, social trends influence color selection
Advancements in technology, the outsourcing of jobs to Asia, and the war in Iraq shrink the globe and elevate the role of the individual, not only impacting the economy ... but also the color of the walls in your home. This according to Pittsburgh Paints' Artistic Director Josette Buisson, whose application of social trends drives Pittsburgh Paints 2006 emerging color trends, dubbed "The Light Years."
The attraction to a specific trend differs for each individual because though we experience the same social events, we filter and interpret these experiences personally to create our own trends. Today's society celebrates individuality and current paint trends will reflect these personal experiences as they are incorporated in new color palettes. The Light Years represent light and use the color white as a common denominator that connects the four unique trends. The new 2006 trends include Prana, Strategy, Modern Artisan and Color Delight.
Each of the four color trends are characterized by the following:
- Prana -- a reaction to violence and the accelerated pace of life. Prana is found in peaceful objects and represents a desire to slow down life and enjoy beauty. The colors of Prana are soft aquas, and light purple and pink shades.
- Strategy -- focused on function and simplicity. The trend of Strategy is influenced by technology and the industrialized world. We see Strategy in red, black and gray - sleek, strong, compartmentalized colors.
- Modern Artisan - represents a movement toward conscious living. The Modern Artisan trend is found in an appreciation and respect for all things -- like seeking out green products or making ethical choices. The true colors of the earth are expressed in Modern Artisan with deep blues, greens, warm browns, and oranges.
- Color Delight -- expresses a youthful, colorful look on life. This trend embraces the joy of discovery and feelings of optimism. Think bright pinks and greens, like the colors of candy and the lights of a carnival.
"The new trends for 2006 incorporate the many expressions of our changing society," said Buisson. "Trends are about ideas, and can be translated into color opportunities."
Pittsburgh Paints developed its new Voice of Color paint and color design system, on the premise that every color has an emotional association, and individuals are drawn to different colors for reasons inherently tied to their unique personalities and experiences. The Light Years applies the nine Voice of Color color collections in new and unique ways. For instance, Color Delight marries color palettes from the Al Fresco and Morning Rose harmony families.
"The Voice of Color doesn't just show consumers what colors work well together," said Buisson, a chairholder of the Color Marketing Group. "It creates an individual color identity based on that person's psychological and behavioral make-up. This provides meaning and inspires confidence in their color decisions."
Buisson's inspiration for The Light Years reflects social trends along with changing global demographics.
For example, a desire for creativity represents a growing social movement that greatly influences The Light Years. One result of the increase in outsourcing jobs overseas is that more than 30 percent of the workforce is now in the creative fields, according to "The Rise of the Creative Class" by Richard Florida. This results in an even greater desire for higher levels of design and colors that appeal to the senses for every product and service we purchase. This trend is seen through the use of aesthetic color for traditionally utilitarian products like wastebaskets and even washing machines. With discount stores such as Target bringing design to the masses, consumers can be more discriminating because they have so many choices. There is a craving for uniqueness, meaning and personal expression in interior design.
Demographically, the greatest influence on The Light Years can be seen through the two largest age groups: Generation Y, ages 10-28, and Baby Boomers, ages 40-58. The baby boomers represent 76 million people and seek more emotionally meaningful design and color choices, like Modern Artisan, and the pure, peaceful nature of Prana. Generation Y represents 74 million people and are more focused on fun and bold colors, like the trend Color Delight. "Different voices that express our reality allow for different trends," said Buisson. "We change over time with age and the world around us changes as well. The combination of the two creates new trends and determines what specific trend we fit and evolve into."
2006 Color Forecast
"For 2006, I think you're going to notice that there is an extraordinary amount of bright colors," said Dana Poor, manager of home trend forecasting for Cotton Inc. "We always have bright colors for summer and outdoor wear but now you're starting to see it in fulltime home pieces like upholstery and top of bed." Poor forecasts a palette called Overexposed, electrified brights that are intense and saturated. These include Plasma - a bold, bright blue, Optimism - a sharp tangerine/melon, and Limelight - almost neon green.
"Consumers see color as a way to personalize their environments," said Michelle Lamb, senior editor of The Trend Curve. "The selection of color has become a far more thoughtful and exacting process than it has ever been before." Lamb's color forecast includes saturated brights that resemble popsicle hues, as well as some hyper-brights like Blue Splash - a new turquoise, Dazzling Green - kelly-green inspired but brighter and more yellow, and Fabulous Pink - a pink with a red cast.
According to Catherine Stein, president of The Color Council, we can expect to see the bright palette continue, but high-color fatigue is beginning to set in. Stein points toward brights like Kelly green, yellow-orange, and cerise, a deep, shocking pink.
Leatrice Eiseman, author of the Color Answer Book and director of the Pantone Color Institute, uses brights in several palettes for 2006 including Romantic Notions, a mix of reds and warm pinks accented by orchid, apricot and mimosa yellow. Another palette is Pique-Nique, a combination of melon and pecan tones mixed with green sheen, a yellow-green. Paradiso has deep fuchsia, a blue-coral called Candlelight Peach and deep sapphire and peacock blues.
These brights are saturated and clear without appearing shocking. Red has a bluer look, pink is paired with yellow, and turquoise turns a deeper shade of sapphire. Whether paired with neutrals for a more traditional look, or used in patterns for a contemporary edge, bright colors continue in 2006.
Collectione Previews Trends for Spring/Summer 2006
Collectione, Messe Frankfurt's June show for volume buyers, previewed the trends that will be appearing in spring and summer 2006.
Spring 2006 will see fresh, strong combinations of intensive orange and yellow as well as light green and blue. Summer 2006 will continue the trend, which will be joined by pink and lilac, and elements of black and white for contrast. This color palette applied to all product groups on show at Collectione: from decoration and gift items, home accessories and garden products to kitchen and household aids.
These dominant color combinations will be used without any additional design elements in functional synthetic products or household goods. Examples of this are handles for cooking utensils or silicone products for the kitchen.
In areas of decoration and gift articles, these colors are integrated in themes such as a 60s-Hippie motif with floral and graphics. Circles set the tone here. Products shown include decorative items such as vases and door curtains, as well as cushions and seating for indoors and out.
These basic colors and themes are complemented by natural colors. Natural materials such as wood, bark or stone are frequently used. Also felt, bast, sisal and transparent materials. Design is dominated by organic forms.
Trends in the garden, in terms of synthetic furniture, are moving towards materials that have a quality feel such as aluminum and synthetic weaves. However, wood remains the first choice for tables, chairs and benches on terraces and balconies. Wicker and bamboo are fashionable. Overall, the picture is dominated by bold, simple shapes.
New Color Palettes
Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, unveiled her Home Furnishings Color Forecast 2006 during the International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago. Manufacturers of kitchen and tabletop products view Eiseman's predictions as one of the core market predictors for design trends. Her palettes provide what she calls a "road map" for future design and color directions, with three major color pathways in eight separate palettes that encompass "a sophisticated uptown look, a fun and stylishly funky downtown look, and several other palettes that are heading 'out-of-town' -- some of which are closer to home in bucolic settings, while others lead to more exotic destinations."
"The first two palettes are all about the luxury market," Eiseman began. "And the luxury market is not based on price point anymore. It may mean a high-end look, not necessarily the high-end price point. That's a continuing phenomenon."
The first palette, "Stiletto", points to a decidedly uptown destination where high fashion inspires poised and polished urbane surroundings. This palette calls for glamorous combinations of emerald or peridot greens, amethyst purples, and Brazilian reds underscored by sleek blacks and rich browns. Metallic tones include champagne beige, as well as muted golds and silvers, both shiny and delustered.
"This is very fashionable, sleek, and stylish -- what we would call minimal but curvalinear," Eiseman explained. "The movie 'The Aviator' is keeping the look of glamour and luxury around. It was a trend last year and because the movie is a big hit, we've got another year of juice coming out of that look. It's something that has captured the attention of so many people. People don't want to give it up. The difference is the colors that are being used. The newest look that is enhancing the palette is the continuation of brown, but brown as glamour color, not brown as an earth color. Emerald is also a very hot color for 2006."
Renaissance is also about elegance, but with a more traditional touch. This grouping demonstrates the tendency to eclectic mixes of Old World and New Age -- -an updated take on tradition. Color combinations include wild ginger and mellow mauve, frosted almond and blackberry wine, peachy beige and flint gray," Eiseman said. "Just like the name implies, it is a luxurious palette, a mix of traditional with modern looks. The minute I think of this palette, I see the Jenn-Air mixer -- a high-end look that is traditional in styling with a contemporary feel."
The third palette is a more 'funky' one with a touch of fun. Romantic Notions, its message is, "Don't take your surroundings too seriously." Color combinations are all about romance -- reds and warm pinks take the lead with orchids, apricots, and mimosa yellow adding voluptuous accents. Eiseman sees shades like Rouge Red, Mimosa, and Dewberry making a great transition into the kitchen.
"The next palette, Pique-Nique, is very casual, and outdoorsy. Still it's not limited to the outdoors, but brings it inside. There is Melon and Pecan, Baked Apple Red and Porcelain Green," Eiseman continued. "It's very inviting and homey, but it's not the old concept of rustic casual. It's more stylized and there is some humor in there, too -- like polka dot plates. You bring fun into this atmosphere and the colors help create that."
Another palette that connects to nature while engendering a feeling of security and reality is called, appropriately, Grounded. But these are not the typical earth tones; they are described as organic and genuine as they are suggestive of minerals, ores, stones, and striated rock formations in subtle blends of uncontrived simplicity. The grouping includes: Atmospheric grays, mineral blues, misted lavenders, rose browns, golden olives, and dusted periwinkles.
The sixth palette, Paradiso, is the dream vacation that can easily be expressed in home decor. Think of the colors evocative of sun-drenched skies and soothing sea foams. Think cruise-ship white, blue lagoons, palm-tree greens, festive fuchsias, and sunset corals reflected over seemingly endless and undulating patterns of warmed beach sand. "This is pure escapism," Eiseman said. "It's a new take on using the blues and the blue green and the green together. Consumers have a love affair with this color palette, but you have to bring something new into the picture to make this look fresh and inviting. In this new combination, you are taking a bright color and putting it together with traditional colors."
The seventh palette, Primitif, also speaks of faraway places. It is tribal in nature, filled with handicrafts and artifacts, symbols and statuary. Some are highly embellished, while others are deceptively simple. There are intriguing images and imagery, a bit mysterious and dramatic; it's a theme that calls for strong shadings and complex combinations, such as red purples and earthy browns, Chinese yellows and Pompeian reds, the ever-present ebony and ivory. "This is really an exotic palette," Eiseman said. "It's an artesian look but rich in depth."
The final palette, called Pastille, is a soft, comforting, and nurturing group of tints that speaks to many people of "coming home," providing a niche and fulfilling the need for a comfort level of quiet understatement. "This is the very relaxed, quiet place, the continuation of the 'Zen' feeling," Eiseman explained, "but this palette goes beyond the old blues and grays of the prior 'Zen' experience. There are soft pastels in here that are lily green and dusted coral, sunshine and silver gray. These new pastels demonstrate a new level of stylishness as they are juxtaposed against unexpected neutral tones or happy hues that are a bit more vibrant."
Eiseman explained that these palettes are what consumers will desire in the coming year as they seek to create a new freshness in their homes. "You don't reinvent the home every year with a whole new look. But what you do is create new color combinations. Tha''s what trends are all about." she explained.
Sherwin-Williams 2006 Color Trends Forecast
From great escapes to the great outdoors, Sherwin-Williams color trends forecast for 2006 unites close-to-home comfort with world-view attitude to create a palette rich with potential. In fact, says Sheri Thompson, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing and design, the four trend categories for 2006 can serve as the springboard for countless home decor schemes and themes.
Travel and Escapism
Whether it's through the big screen, the television screen or the computer screen functioning as their window on the world, consumers are increasingly able to get away from it all without ever leaving home. "You may not always be able to take a great vacation, but that doesn't mean your home can't become a refreshing destination at the end of each day," says Thompson. A palette of rich, saturated shades of coral, pear, topaz, green and warm brown - hues you might find on a Tuscan hillside, on the Serengeti Plain or at a Moroccan bazaar - add to the getaway attitude. Decor themes based on faraway places such as Europe, Asia and Africa are the ticket to escapism, even if that escape is only to your living room or garden.
Luxury and Glamour
This trend category, says Thompson, is all about sensory input. "It's a focus on ornamentation and embellishment represented in a tasteful, sophisticated manner," she says. Think of elegant old-world Flemish tapestries to visualize colors in this trend category: rose, Turkish coffee, plum, taupe and silvery gray. Other textile elements include opulent fabrics such as velvet, silk and damask complement polished glass, marble and metallic surfaces, while jewelry influences of pearl, yellow gold and gemstones add shimmer and sparkle.
Relaxed Retreat/Spa Experience
Soothing as the sound of flowing water and tranquil as a blue sky, the Relaxed Retreat/Spa Experience speaks of our need for privacy in an increasingly 24/7, "always on" world. Like an afternoon nap or the taste of honey and lemon in your tea, Relaxed Retreat/Spa Experience is a respite from being too connected too often. Creating a spa experience in your own home can mean transforming an entire space - or just the corner of a room - with soft sounds, soft fabrics and soft colors such as palest peach, spring-fresh green, sandy yellow, and watery blue.
Even though we can't live outdoors year 'round, we like having a sense of nature in our homes, says Thompson. The colors of nature - clear blue, loamy brown and night-sky indigo - united with shades echoing minerals and organic materials, including touches of coral and jade, deliver a gentle transition from outdoors to indoors. The line between indoors and outdoors is further blurred by incorporating natural elements such as wicker, rattan and bamboo into home decor schemes. Floral and botanical prints and patterns extend the nature influence to window treatments, upholstery and rugs, while organic materials such as stone and wood bring variety and texture to surfaces.
Warm, Clear and Bright Colors Lead 2006 Forecast
Colors for 2006 will be warmer, clearer and brighter, according to the color designers at Color Marketing Group
Colors were selected based on a number of consumer influences identified by CMG members, such as "Heritage with Heart," the need to reconnect with the past in a positive manner, "Uber Luxury," conveying new levels of status through color, materials and construction, and "Hybrid," the increasing fusion of cultures in American society. The color forecast for home decor features tones of pink, coral, blue, gray and gold, described by the CMG as Asian Rose, Bliss, Decoesque, Elemental Gray and Flemish Gold. Expect consumer goods to emerge in new metallic hues as well as oranges and nearly-black violets. The five colors forecast by CMG for this industry are Diamante Silver, Ignorange, Night Sky, Sona and Tech-Tile.
Reddened oranges will replace coppery hues; yellows will gain importance; blues will dramatically recede; and complex neutrals will add sophistication and luxury to the 2006 Consumer Color Palette.
The color professionals identified these six key influences driving the 2006 Color Directions:
Techno-Organic Balance - Consumers want to find a balance in their lives between the influences of nature and the pace of technological advance. They order their lives and base purchase decisions on this new, somewhat surreal balance.
Breathing Space - Consumers want fulfilled and rewarding lives despite the demands of work and society. To this end, they seek serenity and calm in a space that is insulated from common daily stresses and emerging threats to safety, both in public and private.
Heritage with Heart - However clearly consumers remember the past, they sense a need to reconnect with it. Hope and optimism filter memories of past events, ensuring that this nostalgic journey is warm and comforting. The focus is on positive times; struggles are forgotten.
Hybrid - The synthesis of cultural norms pervades the environment. Society has evolved beyond fusion in foods, fashion and design. Now, hybrid households and communities are entering the mainstream. The move to Hybridization occurs in parallel with geopolitical and economic events and is a product t of the proliferation of global unification in communications, transportation, manufacturing and services. Although Hybridization is generally accepted by consumers, it offers a sharp contract to the comfort of the predictable past.
Uber Luxury - As extravagance becomes accessible to the masses, there is a need to identify icons or symbols that convey a new level of status and sophistication. In response, icons of sophisticated craftsmanship and rare materials with high polish and burnished finishes will emerge. In fashion, Uber Luxury takes on a classic feminine style that drives decision-making and brings power to women. In the home, Uber Luxury is defined a masculine, clean simple and elegant.
Color Depth - Consumers seek bold colors and luminous materials that add glow and fluidity in product executions. Visually stimulating chromatic textures yield high - energy interest and excitement.
These six influences translate to 30 new 2006 Color Directions identified across six industries.
Chillin' - Versatile accent from the carefree elements of nature allows all of us to Breathe. A warm clear blue for all sporting seasons.
Fresh - This coastal color brings vitality to active escape products.
Smiley - This interpretation of primary yellow complements action colors in all activities.
Sweet - Gender-bending pink asserts youth and power. This is a neo pink for all seasons as a main color event.
Toxic - This youthful interpretation of avocado creates a high energy addition and complements most base colors with cross gender application.
Diamante Silver - Consumer Goods turns to Technology for this new metallic with lighter and brighter attributes.
Ignorange - This Hybrid color modifies traditional orange based on Asian and Indian influences.
Night Sky - High chroma and low value in this violet to black magic color harken to our changing atmosphere.
Sona - With various golden hues and finishes connoting Luxury around the world, this color builds a consensus for all cultures.
Tech-Tile - This color revives bronze with warmth and femininity.
At the Color Marketing Group conference in Baltimore, Janice Lindsay helps decide what hues will be news.
A colour trend, like any trend, is a mysterious thing. It blows in like a wayward seed and germinates. Before you know it, it's sprouting up everywhere -- in your wardrobe, your throw cushions, maybe even your car. So where does it blow in from? Five years ago, I joined the Color Marketing Group, a trend-forecasting organization, to find out. In May, 413 of us met in Baltimore. Although largely American, our group represented 10 countries. And no, we are not a cabal. Hard as this may be to believe, trend forecasters do not get together for big powwows to decide what hot hues to foist on the public. Chartreuse green over celadon, brown over black, blond wood over wenge? No. Through workshops and presentations, our mission is to suss out what colours our customers -- i.e. you -- want.
So what's on your colour wish list? Well, according to the "home" workshop I was in, it's not a particular colour, but colour, colour, colour. Our group -- one of several workshops that also included transportation, consumer goods, technology and fashion -- was led by Aida Fry, who picks exterior colour for everything from high-rises to military bases.
Her co-facilitator was C.J. Volk, the owner of Citron, a boutique paint company. Participants included branding and product developers, product managers for bathroom fixtures, interior designers and carpet and textile colour specifiers. After everyone did their show-and-tell of what new colours and why, the real fun began. The discussion went like this: In times of relative political and economic security, colour always gets a boost. Now is no exception. James Martin, head of The Colour People, specialists in exterior colour, says he recently designed a palette of deep colours for an aluminum siding company. "The trend right now is not a colour," Martin said. "It is colour."
Part of it is thanks to technology. The surge toward brighter colours is being driven by the digital generation, which has grown to expect exciting cyber colour. They want what is new, fun, hot -- and they want it now. Colour becomes the hook to catch their oversubscribed attention.Martin cited the example of a kid riding around his Denver neighbourhood on a bike with green tires. "We want that happy feeling from colour," Martin concluded.
Sharilyn Ruckman, design and product developer for Target and Pottery Barn, agreed. The colour of things functional is no longer black, white or grey. She pulled out page upon page of French forecasting images showing home appliances and accessories in clean bold colours: Le Cruset pots in turquoise and lime, Dyson vacuum cleaners in turquoise and royal blue, ice cream makers from Neiman Marcus in pink and purple.
The new thinking in kitchens is "counterscaping," using colour co-ordinated accessories to give a kitchen a new look. Hamilton Beach even makes a set of small appliances in matching colours that include Moroccan red. Multicoloured mixing bowls are back. Colour is no longer a static property. Another significant trend is how colour is being enhanced with sheen, shimmer and layered finishes in new wall coverings and textiles. Customers want "special," and sophisticated surface effects add luxury and glamour. Light is the next colour frontier. As shown in Philippe Starck's design for the white bedrooms in London's St. Martin's Lane Hotel, new lighting systems are moving into the home to create changeable colour for our mood.
The group also agreed that the boom in China is affecting colour trends. By pushing up the cost of raw materials, it's forcing designers to be more resourceful and ingenious. As a result of this and the cyber-generation effect, rules are being broken. The desire for freedom and personalization are summed up as "creative chaos" or "hip luxury." Paris Hilton is the poster girl for "townhouse trash." Perfection is static. It doesn't allow for desire and evolution so we recognize 'the imperfection of perfection." After the lunch break, the gloves came off. Our mission: Out of all the colours brought to the table, which were the six most representative hues? Whittling down can get emotionally heated. The diversity between industries becomes clear. For instance, yellow was not news in home, but in the car world, yellow was being bruited as the signature colour for high-end sports cars.
Overall, our board revealed two distinct colour stories: neutrals and brights. We want it all. In the home, neutrals are still the big picture, but they are being spliced through with intense splashes of colour. Neutrals as a group will be warmer and more complex to get the look of luxury and sophistication. The big red was a deep, Moroccan oxblood but it was being paired with bright reds, magentas and oranges. In general, blues will move toward teal.
There was much talk of inky colours, a charcoal aspect to dark blue, purple and brown. Purple is pushing forward and especially a colour I referred to as "shadow." It is a dusty grey mauve that sits in a magic spot closer to white than black and right on the border between neutral and colour. It is used as a neutral, replacing more yellow-based ones. It is already showing up as a soft mauve in consumer goods.
Pink is also big. In its softest essence, it's part of what our group called Femme Totale, a combination of sensuality and sexuality. And it's not just for the girls. The carpet guy in our group said, "When you see pink everywhere in fashion including pink ties on news anchormen, you know it is going to go places."
At the end of the day, the facilitators took our picks to the steering committee. This elite group takes the results from all the workshops and goes through the same process of discussion and elimination until the critical six are pronounced. Those six will then be disseminated through our many professions, where they will be no doubt be tweaked before you see them popping up around you.
Janice Lindsay is principal of PINK Colour + Design, 416-961-6281
Hues on the horizon
- Blues warm up by moving toward teal, going from dark jewel tones to the colour of Caribbean waters. It can be paired with almost anything except purples and mauves, which make it too eighties.
- Red moves to an exotic earthy Moroccan hue, but is paired with everything from brighter reds to lime green and teal. The bright red will be peachier, verging to blush tones.
- Brown is the new black. Again, because neutrals are warming up, coffee-bean browns with a hint of aubergine and bronzed browns replace black, for adding to the look of luxury.
- Purples will explode onto the scene in a wide variety of tones. In our group, "shadow" was the hit. A soft mauve that almost looks like a neutral will be a key accent colour. Inky. This was the term favoured for the charcoal aspect cropping up in many different colours, turning them into complex neutral palettes.
- Pinks are part of a new move to femininity and it's not just for girls. Look for pinks to make their way into every room, including kitchens. Some pinks were deep, dusty and retro, but there was a breath-of-pink colour that was so subtle it was almost a warm neutral.
-- Janice Lindsay
And looking into the future ...
Trend consultant Maxine Kelman presented Peclers Paris' international forecast for 2006 at De Sousa Hughes, and if the seers are right, we're going to be seeing a lot of splashy, cheerful color. Peclers Paris, which researches everything from what's popular in the art galleries to which way our stocks are headed before assembling its trend books, has chosen four themes for 2006:
In the Woods
a cozy and rustic style that includes bright yellow and fluorescent pink.
with "crushed raspberry, tomato red and petrol blue."
a playful theme with happy colors.
A sophisticated style driven by intense dark tones plus that petrol and a dazzling fuchsia.
Petrol doesn't sound like an American product, and showroom partner Erik Hughes admitted later that his local clients are still "about the brighter earth tones. The surrounding nature is driving our color." By the way, Kelman said she couldn't remember what trends were forecast for 2005. "We're already at work on 2007." she said.