What is a Color Trend?

By: Holly Bayer, ASID

Regardless of the industry we find ourselves working within at some point every day you are exposed to color trends. Found on billboards, next year’s car model or at your local nail salon these palettes are heavily influencing your thought process. They encourage you to feel, buy or connect with someone or something. And those color combinations change every year!

Who decides the trend? Pick me! Pick me!

Pantone, originally a commercial printing company began producing a Color Matching System in the early 1960’s. By organizing the pigments and inks available into a numbered system, Pantone became the go-to company for color. Manufacturers on opposite sides of the globe can exchange a numbered code from the Pantone system and be certain they are speaking of the same color.

This winter, as with each forecast, Pantone has put together nine color palettes for the world to embrace. One color is selected as the Color of the Year but each palette offers a combination of colors that when put next to one another elicit a particular response or feeling.

When the supermodels walk the runway during Fashion Week this February, when car manufacturers roll out their 2014 models on the showroom floor and homeowners begin new home projects, the color they’ll see on constant repeat is Monaco Blue.

Monaco Blue is nearly identical to Shutter Blue in the Bayer Built Standard Paint Selector! Blue is known for creating a feeling of stability and practicality. When mixed with lighter shades it can also be fresh and versatile. It is the perfect back drop for the light greens, whites, metallics, and punchy oranges that will accent the color spectrum of 2013.

To support this deep, rich blue, metal hardware (think lighting fixtures and door knobs) will begin taking a turn towards aged or antique brass. Wood stains are already trending towards richer, warm browns that elicit a feeling of old world elegance.

Keep your eyes peeled for this powerful palette… you’ll be surprised how often it will appear if you’re looking for it!

Regardless of the industry we find ourselves working within at some point every day you are exposed to color trends.  Found on billboards, next year’s car model or at your local nail salon these palettes are heavily influencing your thought process.  They encourage you to feel, buy or connect with someone or something.  And those color combinations change every year!

Who decides the trend?  Pick me!  Pick me!

Pantone, originally a commercial printing company began producing a Color Matching System in the early 1960’s.  By organizing the pigments and inks available into a numbered system, Pantone became the go-to company for color.  Manufacturers on opposite sides of the globe can exchange a numbered code from the Pantone system and be certain they are speaking of the same color.

This winter, as with each forecast, Pantone has put together nine color palettes for the world to embrace.  One color is selected as the Color of the Year but each palette offers a combination of colors that when put next to one another elicit a particular response or feeling.

When the supermodels walk the runway during Fashion Week this February, when car manufacturers roll out their 2014 models on the showroom floor and homeowners begin new home projects, the color they’ll see on constant repeat is Monaco Blue.

Monaco Blue is nearly identical to Shutter Blue in the Bayer Built Standard Paint Selector!  Blue is known for creating a feeling of stability and practicality.  When mixed with lighter shades it can also be fresh and versatile.  It is the perfect back drop for the light greens, whites, metallics and punchy oranges that will accent the color spectrum of 2013.

To support this deep, rich blue, metal hardware (think lighting fixtures and door knobs) will begin taking a turn towards aged or antique brass.  Wood stains are already trending towards richer, warm browns that elicit a feeling of old world elegance.

Keep your eyes peeled for this powerful palette… you’ll be surprised how often it will appear if you’re looking for it!

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