My director of eDesign and I are at High Point Market scouting for colour trends. And, there is one colour we saw over and over again for interiors. So here’s our take on the bordeaux colour trend.
It’s summer in High Point! Tricia and I arrived on Friday night and sat in the square for two hours it was fabulous!
Colour Trend Alert: Bordeax
If you’ve been around as long as I have, to see colour trends come around again, you’ll notice the same thing. And that is, we like to rename the colour of the moment so it sounds fresh and new.
Royal blue is indigo blue now.
Peach is apricot now.
And burgundy is now bordeaux. Whether you’re ready for it or not, according to High Point Market, it’s back.
How is Bordeaux new?
Here’s the thing. I’ve helped clients repaint their burgundy rooms for too many years to fall madly in love with it myself. But as the trend cycles keep moving like a steady river current, this colour is back.
But, with a sexy new name. An old trending colour that was overdone back in the day is added to new shapes and remixed with different colours and textures to make it look new again.
Young designers who didn’t live through the wine and green world of the 80s and 90s see it as completely cool and retro. In fashion spotting at market we noticed three trends:
- savvy young men everywhere clad in a combo of burgundy and blue
- Sundresses in wine and apricot
- Burgundy accessories on black and white outfits
And interior design follows fashion. Remember Pantone’s 2015 COTY Marsala quickly began showing up in fashion.
What Tricia and I noticed this weekend in the showrooms is that this shade of maroon is being used in a couple new ways.
Wine toned accents with black, grey and white
There was plenty of cognac orange and brown at market, and similarly wine is being used to add colour to black and white spaces. Especially in the “organic modern” style that has been trending for a few years now.
Matte fabrics in bordeaux were wrapped around boxy and curved modern sofas and chairs. Whereas the deep wine tones of old were the standard colourway for a decadent formal mood. We noticed that the new role for burgundy is as a laid back accent.
Burgundy anchors whimsical colour
It was also sprinkled around as an accent in all neutral rooms (above), or as the grounding deep accent in fresh colourful rooms just like in the check sofa in this soft green room below.
Pretty in pink
Overall, it’s used in a much more laid back and casual way. This is NOT your Grandma’s burgundy damask.
The most formal and glam use of bordeaux we spotted was at Chaddock. To keep it looking fresh, it was paired with mellow mauve pink and blue as well as distinctly contemporary shapes and modernist art.
Double trend moment
We saw another trend having a moment at HPMKT Spring 2023. The hottest trend in we saw in prints is block prints. Here’s a moody double trend vignette below: block print + burgundy.
Over to you my lovelies, our full trends report is coming but what do you think? Could you embrace it again? Or is it new to you?
During my panel talk about Courageous colour (watch a clip here) at the Jaipur Living showroom on Saturday, our moderator Lance Trachier reported that he is renovating his home right now and burgundy is what he’s decorating with.
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