image via Little Big Bell
Pantone has been talking about their ‘colour of the year’ since 2000. This year was the first time they selected two colours. Since I was not part of the secret meetings where these colours are chosen ; ) I along with everyone else, can only speculate on these colours and offer an opinion.
Navy and indigo blues are the hottest colour story in interior design in terms of ‘what’s new’. But you can’t say indigo blue is a hot colour one year and then out the next. For example it takes time for designer fabric companies to embrace new colours because they have to wait until the consumer embraces them as well.
We’ve been decorating with turquoise for 15 years now since it came back in with brown in early 2000. When I first started specifying browns and blues in 2002, there was nothing available in home decor in those colours.
And if you look at the pattern of predictions below, turquoise was the colour of the year in 2003. No surprise there.
And you can see that turquoise had two more years in the spotlight after that for a total of three years (below).
My favourite yellow was announced for 2009 but it was only on paper. I searched in vain for home decor in ‘Mimosa’ back then and since, and it’s only ever been on the fringe.
Then approximately 2 years ago, it arrived in a few key pieces at IKEA. That’s when you know it’s hit the mass market. However, that’s 2014, 7 years after Pantone announced it’s popularity which never happened.
Tangerine Tango was announced in 2012 and orange has been hot ever since then. In fashion as well as home decor. Since I’m always looking for colour because I’m in the colour business, my closet is full of orange because that seems to be the only bright ‘colour’ that’s readily available. I adore yellow but it’s rarely found in fashion.
Then Emerald (below) arrived as the colour of the year and I noticed it for a short time in fashion but it was not embraced as a home decor colour.
Radiant Orchid? Well that Spring it was all over High Point. Designers loved it and included it in the showrooms but pale purple? Purple has always on the fringe of interior design for the 15 years I’ve been in the business.
Radiant Orchid (source)
Marsala which was the colour of 2015?
Fashion, yes. Home decor, NO.
I’m still eradicating burgundy from dining rooms in the 80’s, it’s way too soon for that colour to come back in anything but flowers and fashion (below).
Maybe Pantone’s colour of the year is more about what it means and less that it should show up everywhere. Tweet that
I would have predicted a brighter blue this year because we’re in love with stronger, brighter blues which are replacing the muted wedgwood and turquoise blues that we’ve been specifying for many years now.
Here it is with indigo blues, and copper accents. Perfect with pink, and it warms up green greys beautifully.
Few will decorate with baby blue and pink in the same room unless it’s for a nursery however, perhaps what we should all be talking about is the order and peacefulness that comes with blue combined with the connection and unconditional love that pink brings to a space.
My Mom came back from Finland and she said the tragedy in Paris was all everyone was talking about and it was overwhelmingly sad. I think we could all use a little more peace and love in 2016.
Over to you my lovelies, what’s your take on the colours of the year?