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Colours of the Year

Each year, companies like Pantone, Benjamin Moore and Dulux start rolling out their colour of the year with accompanying palettes. How should you incorporate these into your designs?

Colour trends in paint and beyond

Let’s look at what the colour of the year actually is: from Pantone, it’s Greenery, a bright but natural green that brings to mind sunshine filtered through lush leaves. This colour is Pantone’s interpretation of global colour trends, and it has far-reaching impact, affecting everything from weddings to wallpaper to web design (and also things that don’t begin with “w,” like golf!).

This means that if you want to use Pantone’s colour trend in your decorating you have options. Of course, you can paint, but you can also get some throw pillows, or a duvet.  Or, if you don’t want to go that far, this year’s colour can be reflected in some potted tulips – their stems and leaves are just about right.

Pantone’s colour of the year has wide industry impact, but other paint companies also put out colour trend information. How do these compare?  Let’s look at two major companies: Benjamin Moore and Dulux.

Benjamin Moore’s colour of the year is Shadow 2117-30, a dark purple that is part of a trend palette that plays with light, using both bright, light colours and dark, rich ones that enage the contrasts of shadow and light.

Dulux’s colour of the year is Starry Sky (70BB 21/147), a mid-tone purple that evokes early-evening skies in a palette that compliments the natural trends we see elsewhere.

Both companies picked purples, one dark, the other mid-tone. The colours and accompanying pallets are put together with care by each company, and reflect an overall aesthetic trend that they see for the coming year. These colours are intended for paint, and won’t have an impact on the colour of your next silicone spatula, but it doesn’t have to end there. You can use the colours and pallets to find inspiration and look for colour combinations that you might not otherwise have thought of.

Incorporating colour trends

Following trends can be expensive, and isn’t really necessary. On the other hand, if you want to update your space, colour trends are a great place to start. If you’re looking for a change – big or small – this year’s emphasis on natural palettes gives you a lot of options for putting a little freshness in your décor without breaking the budget. One quick and easy way is to bring in some actual greenery: tulips for the table, a fern in the corner. Put your greenery in a purple pot, and you’ve got a to-the-minute colour combo for very little effort or investment. For a little more effort, you can find a few accent products like throw pillows for the couch or linens for the dining room that can add a trendy touch to your neutral spaces. Or of course, if you love this trend and are in the market for a big change, you have options that range from paint to upholstery and beyond.

Are you are planning to incorporate some of these colour trends this year? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments. Or, if you live in Waterloo Region and would like some help, I offer in-home colour consultations. Book now, before the spring rush!

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