Trends and forecasts. Follow them? Don’t follow them?
Either way, those with a keen eye for design may notice that many of the colour focused companies, be it paint or fabrics, release new season paints and materials to keep their collections up to date with the trends in the fashion and interiors worlds.
The 2014 Colour Forecast
The Colour Forecast aka trends, are something designers the world over – interior, fashion or industrial – eagerly await each year, with a particular focus on the ‘Colour of the Year’.
But how much should you really focus on them?
Should they rule your design decision-making process? Do they always work in everyday life or in mass scale?
In our experience, not always.
How much should you focus on trends anyway?
Take the recently announced Pantone colour of year for 2014… Radiant Orchid.
Colour company Pantone announced Radiant Orchid was it’s 2014 Colour of the year, but that doesn’t mean you need to paint your house with it!
Now don’t get me wrong, there is always a place for some magnificent mauve or lovely lilac.
HOWEVER, it’s not a colour most people will use in large doses in their homes.
Colour forecasts and trends at their foundation are intended to inspire and enliven the audience. A new colour palette for a new year heralds a fresh direction, new colours and tones to embrace.
But at a consumer level, this can be overwhelming.
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Be inspired & awakened
We believe the best approach is to be excited by trends, but not to feel slaves to them in the design of your home.
It’s important to note there will nearly always be something to suit your style. Pantone may only release one ‘Colour of the Year’ but their colour report will usually focus on 10 or so key colours that are making an appearance in the fashion designers’ collections and interior designers’ projects alike.
For their 2014 Colour Forecast, Dulux have released four different inspiring palettes under the moniker ‘Future Tribes’. You’re sure to find something in there to tickle your fancy.
One of the 2014 Colour Trend palettes release by Dulux. This collection is entitled The Digital Nomads.
Why it’s good to know
You may be thinking “do I even need to care about trends?”
The answer is ‘Yes’.
If you’re not keen to delve into the world of colour forecasting, that’s ok.
Let your designer do the caring for you – they will ensure your style maintains an element of contemporary, at least from a colour perspective.
If you’re flying solo and wanting to add new pieces, freshen up a tired space or deck out an entire new home, we recommend you be aware.
Check out some Pinterest and take note of what’s around you in home stores.
It may take a little longer, but they’ll do the work for you as the colour trends start to filter into their product range.
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Colour is there to enjoy
At the end of the day, colour is about fun, joy and putting a smile on your face.
That’s what the colour trends should do. Some years you’ll love them, some you’ll hate them. But it’d be a fairly bland world without them. So go on, bring a little ‘Radiant Orchid’ into your world.
You might just love it!