Theres A Color Of The Year For EveryoneWritten By: Blanche Evans
Color experts such as The Pantone Color Institute, provide a number of services to companies all over the world to help them learn more about color and how to use it in their businesses. One of the most famous examples of color trending is Pantones Color of the Year, which "provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design."
To remain >The idea is to stimulate change and perhaps get comfortable with a color you might not normally try in your home. In other words, the Color of the Year is a stimulus to spend money. You might not buy the purple couch, but youll be tempted to go bolder on something. Youll try a new set of towels for the bath or buy a set of glasses in some bold shade to set off the dinner table.
There are other colors of the year that are getting plenty of notice.
Sherwin Williams put its 2018 money on "Oceanside," a bold, sexy teal blue thats not just for the coasts. You dont have to live on the water to appreciate its mysterious depths.
Another aggressive choice is Pittsburgh Paints "Black Flame," a smokey hue that connotes drama and sophistication. Its a good excuse to wean homeowners away from the neutral and safe light greys and whites of the past few years.
Too strong? Then try Pratt Lamberts soothing blue "Heron," or Behrs blue-tinged green "In the Moment." These are still a far cry from white, beige or grey.
The only paint company not to go in the direction of blues, greens or greys is Benjamin Moore. Its Color of the Year is a spicy hot red called "Caliente."
Does the color of the year mean you should run out and buy a purple couch or paint your babys room black? No, the color is an inspiration for the year, and may be completely different from the color of the year from the year before and the year to follow. Its only this years inspiration to give you ideas to think about, sort of like runway fashion introduces new silhouettes.
Most products for the home are designed to have a longer use than a year. But, you may see the color and be tempted to try it in a small way or in a more muted tone. A fresh new color looks modern and takes you away from colors that may date your home, like ashes of roses from the 50s, avocado green from the 70s, or Tuscan gold from the 90s.
If theres one takeaway from the colors of the year, its that they give you permission to go bolder. You can still stick to the safety of white, grey or beige, but you might use an eye-catching color on an accent wall or in a throw pillow or in a piece of art. And if you want it in a mixer or crockpot, you can have it.
Think of color as an expression of your personality and the mood you wish to convey -- both great places to start when designing and decorating your home.
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