It’s Here – Color Trends – PANTONE home + interiors 2013! I thought this might never be finished – with so much to share let’s begin our look forward at Color and Interior Trends for 2013 without preamble…
No, the palettes are not new; there is a great deal of cross over between home and the Pantone’s 2013 Fashion Report and this years umbrella theme; Fantasies & Realities.
“Wakadoodle” is a term coined by the industry for its self-styled preoccupation with the unexpected. My advise – every room aches for the introduction of one or two unexpected elements. Without this je ne se qua you are left with an interior design textbook room lacking personality and distinction is a manner that’s hard to define. But going to the opposite pole to make everything unexpected can leave the impression of a target missed by every arrow, whose bad aim is broadcast by a room littered with missed arrows. The best way to think of it, is that most people avoid dwelling at the poles because extremes can be harsh and make life seem unbearable.
Nostalgia in line, color, and shape is still very, very big. Collections of antiquated vintage appliances, type-writers, tools and other effects of pre-sputnik America captivate new generations who can’t recall a world in which one had to be at home to receive a call, or where video games were unheard of…
Timeless design is always a great bet and an asset to any budget. Product that is resurrected on a continuum speak for its own value and integrity in a visual language that transcends language.
When this slide came up, I lost the train of thought involved and had to laugh…
It gave me an immediate first impression.
Truly, good design never goes out of style, and nothing in trends is ever really new – unless it is an appliance or such previously uninvented (and then its shade and color usually hoor some style hit past.
Rustic living is huge, cutting across all the usual socioeconomic barriers.
We will get back to the affect of bumper sticker, era-specific decorating, but the simple key that unlocks the door to great design is choose attributes with skilled craftsmanship and integrity, no matter what the style.
Horses will replace mushrooms as the kitch theme for 2013. My father will feel vidicated in his life-long love of the sculptures and paintings of Frederic Remmington….
3 of the years biggest colors are given over to greens for 2013 – but my bet for color of the year is still something in the order of Monaco Blue.
Color pattern, surface treatment and detail remain prominent design features during 2013.
The color of the year Tangerine Tango is till being celebrated and will enjoy a holdover in 2013…
as I had mentioned in the post about 2014 is always the case with color trends. I am personally thrilled with the event of Tangerine Tango which I have been injecting as a favorite color pop since – ever?
This sizzling shade adds instant style to any color-dehydrated room, creating a bold and timeless impact. Mixing this color with timeless elements creates a look that is at once modern and timeless.
In carnations will persist this coming year, accompanied again by accents in gold and silver.
In addition to metallic, show-stopping metallic in jewel tones linger on into the 2013 color + interior trends. Jewel metallic resonate with a special warmth for me as kitchen accents and tableware accents. The image below conjures memories of my grandmother’s metallic tin drinking cups, of which each of the grandchildren laid claim to their special color (mine was purple). This was grandma’s subtle mechanism for containing germs and preventing breakage of her glassware – but just the site of them envives the smell of my grandmother’s sauce and the sun playing of her cheerful yellow wall color, making the kitchen feel like endless summer. Personal connections are the translation from design to home.
Three of the top colors of 2013 fall into the green range. Described as subtle, active and cheerful by Pantone’s VP Laurie Pressman, grayed green is the 80′s sea foam grown up and better dressed! The gray undertone provides a sophistication, yet the greenish-blue creates that undefined anticipation of mist burning off to reveal a bay view. Gray-greens are mongst the most stunning and useful tools in any neutral color arsenal.
Pantone describes Emerald as “sophisticated” and enhancing a feeling of well-being”. Painters know emerald as the siren’s song – a color whose allure beckon, but who’s affect can sink the design ship, with its heavy-weighted presence. Last year, I painted an emerald wall, thinking myself to be taking qualified risk, against the white floors – but the effect was anything but qualified. The wall made the room feel at once as though you were riding the conveyor through the bowels of the aquarium at the San Francisco pier!
But emerald velvet is a thing of beauty and a side chair dazzles without seizing control or drowning your space….
You can also visually placate that temperamental green by mixing it with its analagous Pantone 2013 cousins – the key is restraint with this bigger than life emerald green
Colors with staying power are design drivers in a difficult economy – colors that offer beauty and visual novelty will remain key to
Surface treatments take their cue from texture, ocean sea and air against a tempestuous tornado gray.
Vibrant cultural themes are continually reinvented….
To create magic in the market place and cajole would-be designers to define their homes with Pantone’s projected color trends palettes, Pantone asks us to picture life in a castle when considering the Connoisseur color palette. The connoisseur palette is engineered to appeal to our appreciation of the finer things in life; sooth finishes of table linens, with a touch of drama.
Monochromatic violets and orchids, liquid pinks, deep mahogany, white Elysium, beechnut green all reflected against champagne beige and silver.
Footprints is intended to lead us down the path of vibrant tribal colors, with steps that don’t tread lightly. The Footprints palette leaves little room for any but the color courageous of heart.
The word “glamor” envibes the deco-inspired palette, intended to convey confidence – taking its inspiration from a by-gone era of economic prosperity, not unlike the 80′s era finding it’s inspiration in a green styled after sea-foam green, Glamor is an upcycled palette re-envisioned through a contemporary lens. Rio Red, Monaco Blue, deepest black and chinchilla, again cast beside silver and champagne beige. I have not discussed this palette at length, as to me in lacks in opportunity, offering only hit or miss potential.
Anther nostalgia-driven palette is New Old School, introduced in the Pantone 9 palettes article earlier this year. This preppy palette imbues a collegiate nostalgia with nautical grey, and microchip grey, navy,
Hunter greens, ultramarine green and an iconic flag-waving red. Decoration with flag themes, feels a bit theme-park-ish to me. I am reminded of jockey uniforms, and this year’s thematic element of horses – which again, is an improvement over mushrooms but still feel very pigeon-holed which limits potential by locking you into the specific constraints when working within the confines of any iconic style. I would have much preferred ferns to horses…..or white birch…..
It was earlier this year that the gaucho – out-back theme was introduced in the form of the Rugged Individuals color palette. Less the theme, I love the look, centered around stone-wash blue and vintage indigo. Mixing this look with hammered metals, mercury glass or gleaming metallics switches it up to a rustic-glam chic.
The aged look has spawned a market place brimming to capacity with hand-scraped, industrial flooring and rustic surfaces, dominating magazine spreads and real homes alike.
But familiarity and loathing are usually separated by about 12 months on the interior trend clock. A good litmus test for a style that has saturated the market is that it appears in collections in Target. This is not a slam, but a prophetic mark of a style that is reaching its pinnacle and will soon decline – yet the collections are almost always attractive, reasonably priced and well appointed.
To pull longevity out of an over-popularized-look, avoid displaying it in collections. Apply some creative license to your accent choices, and use surfaces to balance the look. The tarnish is the lamp (below) provides balance within the color range by off-setting a rustic worn look with a contrast in surfaces and visual age – this lamp does the trick at only $139.00.
Pantone created Sojourn with a different journey in mind. “Magical and intricate” is their description of the Sojourn palette…
But I think mine would be specific. This palette needs to be applied to an overall open floor plan, because deviating from it would create a great deal of visual disconnect – the introduction of blues or yellows, or most other shades would invariably tip the scale of this very specific color group.
Extracts employs piccant and flavorful notes for the subtle palette coral, melon and cinnamon achieve balance through the introduction of grounding neutrals. Extracts is undoubtedly my favorite color palette for 2013.
The melon, sappy green, dusty mauve (yes, I dare to say mauve) and ginger tones lend themselves beautifully to imagining comfortable, inviting and whimsical design plans.
The relationship of this palette to food and natural elements make them a natural choice for kitchen and dining rooms.
Yet for all their softness, the addition of black transforms this palette into a stage for drama…
Add a bit of creative license for the few and the brave of color with the introction of Tangerine Tango and you have Out of The Ordinary.
Out of the Ordinary garners its inspiration via eye-catching, unapologetic color. I have done a great many articles on the effective use of a very bright color palette, but this one is difficult for most but an accomplished color expert, as it finds its home most easily in the deliberately confrontational CMYK palette used as the foundation for eye-catching, way-finding ad color.
Sometimes the best way out of the box is over the top. By sticking with a room with a great deal of white and durable black leather, it’s possible to inject a great deal of color in a manner that doesn’t create a space that feels unintentionally constricted (as it is playing off of all of our psychological color warning triggers.
Obviously more to come, about the synergy and relationships about the colors of 2013 and 2014 ahead!
- Pantone PORTAL Color Planner – Summer 2014! (redoitdesign.com)
- Sneak Peek! PANTONE home + interiors 2013 Colors (redoitdesign.com)
- Spring 2013 Color Trends: PANTONE Fashion Color Report (redoitdesign.com)
- Sneak Peek – Pantone Colors 2014! (redoitdesign.com)
- The Power of Yellow (redoitdesign.com)
- 2013 Color Trends – Fashion Color Report (redoitdesign.com)
- Greens – - – Pantone and Beyond (redoitdesign.com)