There are two schools of color thought for the coming year in the interior design industry. The first follows the popular social ‘Green Movement,’ and the second follows the ‘Strong and Sophisticated’ approach to color. According to the Color Association of the United States, colors will be inspired by the style influences of Asian culture, new traditionalism and nature. This year, the psychology of color will play a larger role in design, emphasizing groups of colors that will make us feel calm and restful or energetic and happy.
Within the ecological friendly ‘Green’ trend we will see the emergence of a more natural/ neutral palette. This will include creams, soft butter yellows, yellow hued greens and sepia browns. Less pigment and less harsh chemicals will be required in the manufacturing process of these paints and fabrics. Traditional Japanese designs have inspired the popular lifestyle trend for living a calm and natural life. This eco- palette will continue to be effective in residential and hospitality designsespecially when applied to the private retreats like master suites and spas.
Within the ‘Strong and Sophisticated’ approach, the colors of choice are often bold and saturated favoring combinations of deeper blues, rich yellows and greens, that have not been seen in the recent past. We will see the use of a pale tone with a strong saturated color such as pink and indigo for a bold play on a traditional red and blue pairing. The Color Association and the Pantone Company’s hot new color pick for 2010 is turquoise. Paired with another industry favorite iron gray, as chosen by Women’s Wear Daily, turquoise is at the head of the pack to create a daring statement for the year. Also coming into play are the combinations of yellow tones with warm neutrals such as khaki and warm gray, or yellows with true blue and minty greens. This uplifting robust color palette will be used to great advantage in hospitality design as well as in private residences.
The minimalist cool whites of the past will give way to warmer whites such as ivory, cream or even whites with a hint of pink. When looking at the metallics for the coming year we will see more use of rose gold, a softer approach to a traditional metal.
With a new year there is much to anticipate. The colors we surround ourselves with often provide an escape to many, a promise of a new beginning, a little excitement. And who couldn’t use a bit of fantasy these days?