Colour trends – how are they predicted?

Today over at Heart Home I’ve been discussing where colour trends come from.  With the announcement at the end of last year of Pantones Colour of the Year Tangerine Tango I thought I’d shed a little light on how colour trends come about. It may not surprise you that a lot of hours and expense goes into forecasting and that there is a large sophisticated industry to feed it.

I’m an advocate of a curated layered home that is full of personal mementoes’ and treasure. There is always a place for trendy colour as long as you love it, you’ve thought how it works with your possessions and is integrated into your concept. Generally though, it works best in smaller accent pieces or soft furnishings – although there are always exceptions to this rule.

So make sure your colour choices make you happy and don’t be afraid to try it out and see what combinations work.

Previous Pantone Colours of the Year;

PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)

PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)

PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)

PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)

PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)

PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)

PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)

PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)

PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)

PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)

PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)

PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

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  1. January 7, 2012 / 3:14 am

    Interesting post — I totally agree about using smaller pops of bright colors. Have a great weekend!

  2. January 8, 2012 / 9:46 pm

    Love this post Mary v informative! X

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