Design Trend Forecast | Color Talk

Can you believe it’s already November?! This year has flown by, as always. It’s crazy to think we’re just a few short weeks away from Thanksgiving and then Christmas will be here before you know it.

In preparation for the new year, which is really right around the corner, we’re looking at some of the design trends that are on the horizon for 2019. Color trend predictions are always a big discussion at the end of the year because there’s are different venues that affect the color trends. There are fashion color trends and interior color trends which oftentimes point in different directions but should both be considered together when evaluating color. The reason for this is that even though the runways and paint companies may say different things, the consumer also has a voice. And many times, the colors that consumers are drawn to for their clothing are the same colors that consumers are drawn to for their homes.

Right now, the big discussion is to color maximalism. The interior paint companies are predicting that 2019 will bring us walls covered in bright colors along with painted ceilings all behind layers of brightly colored furnishings and softgoods. This is the direction they’re talking…

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We’re not sure about how realistic such a giant color jump would be. While this sort of “color maximalism” is fun for an area or two in your home, it’s a lot. And coming off of the clean, bright white, minimalism that’s been so popular over the past few years, we kindof think that addition of bright color into interior spaces will be a little more gradual.

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To us, there are certain rooms that seem more appropriate for bright colors and patterns. The powder bath is always a yes to these items because all the rules pretty much go out the window for the powder bath. It’s a small space which would lead some to believe it should be painted bright colors and have minimal patterns to help it feel larger but in reality, the bold wallpapers and bright colors in this room make it feel special, like a little jewel box.

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Loft areas, mudrooms, and family rooms are also areas where layering bright colors and patterns can be fun and makes sense. These space are more casual and meant for family gatherings so color is a lively way to go. Bedrooms on the other had, especially master bedrooms, should really be relaxing and more serene. Kids bedrooms would be the exception (even though they need their own dose of calm too).

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The most important thing is that your home is an accurate reflection of yourself. Bring in bright colors how you like them — big commitment or small commitment. It’s something you’ll have to look at so make sure you are comfortable with it.

Design News | Pantone's Color of the Year 2018

So we're over here scratching our heads because we've been designing our little hearts out and just realized that we haven't been using Panetone's Color of the Year.  What do you think that means?  

For the last couple of years the hot color was millennial pink.  It's subtle and mature and perfect for an adult but also works great in a little girl's room.  It's a very versatile color for what it is and we really love it.  Pantone's pick was Greenery for 2017-- a bright green that felt very modern.  It worked for certain applications but definitely wasn't our go-to color.

This year, however, the pick is Ultra Violet- an intense, grape-crayon purple.  What?!  We don't mind a subtle lavender or even a grey-ish purple like this:

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...but a bright, in-your-face purple called Ultra Violet is a little confusing for us.  We'd even say that we don't mind a little bit of this purple mixed in the right pattern with some other calm colors to balance it out, but we're not quite ready for an entire room of it.

What are your thoughts?

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Have you been seeing a lot of purple furniture in stores and wondered why?  Here's your explanation!  Hopefully the 2019 color is a little more useable.  For now, we'll stick with Millennial Pink and by pass Ultra Violet.

Color Trends | 2018 Forecast

Can you believe that 2017 is almost over?!  This year has flown by, without a doubt, and it's crazy to think that in just a few short weeks, we'll be on to 2018.  2017 has brought a lot of changes but we are looking forward to an even better 2018.  All that to say, what are the changes coming in 2018?  This article by Jennifer Ott outlines the colors that are expected to be big for Interiors in 2018 so we figured we'd pass the info along to help prep you for the upcoming year.

Even though whites will always be a classic look, colors for 2018 are going a little more moody.  We saw a little bit of this in 2017 but the trend is expected to continue to see growth in 2018.  Purples, blues, blacks, and charcoal are all expected to gain ground in the interior scene and beige is back!  Not the old beige that we saw so much of 10 years ago, but a little more grey beige that updates the look.

According to Pantone, people shouldn't be scared of color in 2018!  Here are some examples of rooms in moodier, warmer tones that  might make you excited about what next year has to offer!

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