It’s always fun to understand where our color inspiration comes from. As I’ve said many times we are influenced by our surroundings. Travelers bring back images and collectables from foreign lands. Lakeside residences often like softer palettes, while those in the mountain regions tend to go warmer in color and rougher in texture. Those in metropolitan areas tend to like sleeker designs and finishes yet when it comes to color they are either soft and sensual or bold. As people move from one region of the country to another they take with them what they know and along with this comes their comfort zone on what defines home. This is then transferred to the people they know and meet. Our cultures intermix and we are broadened because of it.
The other week I had the opportunity to sit in on Sherwin-Williams Color Forecast for 2011, which defines 4 color zones. Taking some cues from the year prior while culturally exploring some new palettes. I’m not one to follow trends, but am always intrigued by what is leading the fashion of design. I take from it what I can and build from it. As individuals from various backgrounds we tend to grasp for the known. It’s my job as an Interior Designer to help you get out of your comfort zone and discover your true colors.
Jackie Jordon, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams was our presenter. Here are some brief details on the new palettes and the color story behind each group.
Palette 1– Gentle Medley…A fresh, airy, innocent approach to color. –Think vintage floral, motifs of dragon flies, butterflies, and leaves. –Mismatched flea-market finds. –Hand-tinted photos and maps. You will see: wheat, sand, Soft greens, a sharp yellow-green, copper, and a deep brownish gray, followed by mountain gray in this palette.
Palette 2– Restless Nomad…Sultry hues, exotic and primal. –Influenced by Ethnic patterns, exotic animal skins and aged leather. –Patchwork and tapestries. –Both Moroccan and Turkish influences. These colors take on a deeper hue: Indigo, dirty gray, purple, burgundy, a soft brown, sharp yellow and gold, sweet orange, silver, and crisp red and pink fill this palette.
Palette 3– Purely Refined…The elegant tailored and yet understated color palette. –Understated luxury at its finest. Clean classic lines, with exquisite tailoring. –Ombre-dyed fabrics and textured linens. –Concrete. –Pleated detailing and Artisan-crafted pieces.—Clean lines and oval shapes. We are back to softer hues: slate blue, soft sage and yellow, a light gray and lilac, bluish gray, yellow-buff, umber, deep peppery gray, and reddish cocoa top this palette.
Palette 4– Bold Invention…An experimental artsy and expressive palette. I’d say this is my least favorite for the forecasts. A little too high-energy are the hues, but that’s the point. We are talking rebellion in a city that never sleeps. –Graffiti art. –Neon. –Latin American influences. –Pixilated images on art and textiles and clashing patterns and motifs. –Modular furniture and sculptural ceramic. You will see: A chili red, bold turquoise, Sapphire blue, pea green, bluish green, soft blue and beige with a steel gray, and high energy yellow.
So what does the future hold in your next interior project? Be sure to stop in at your local Sherwin-Williams to view the actual color samples. You will also see the wonderful new faux finish lines they have developed. Techniques that will surely get your ideas flowing, but that’s another blog post…