Color Trends 2009
by Barbara Jennings, CRS/CSS
Because of the simplicity and quick solution aspects of paint and
how easily one can get just the color they want, paint color trends tend to survive the decade in
which they were created. When economic times are challenged or
when people feel insure in any manner, they tend to lean toward the earthier
colors where they feel they have more stability. They want to make dramatic
changes but spend as little as possible too. So paint has a potential of becoming a
long-term influence on the color and interior design of our
If you don't know it already, color trends are
established at least two years in advance by color forecasters
from every industry group. Here is a synopsis of four
color-forecast seminars and what leading experts
presented. Their findings from traveling the world and tracking
trends were extrapolated and honed down. Knowing the predicted
trends can be important as you plan your decorating projects in
the near and far future. So these four global trends are important directions
for the future.
As you might expect, elegance and luxury have been
tossed aside and
instead we see some sensibility and cultural awareness
emerge. Deep within the emerging color trends, like emerging
countries, we see a respect for nature and fundamental human values
growing and spreading.
Whether you believe in it or not,
the influence of the "green" industry has us all concentrating
on using natural products and getting rid of products that use
harmful chemicals or that leave harmful residue in their wake.
The emphasis is on minimizing the human footprint. The Natural
encourages us to use pure natural foods, eco-friendly building
products, no additives or treatments, everything in its purest
form. In a world of over abundance, light and shadow interplay to satisfy the yearning for
The softest whites to the darkest grays define
this collection. There is only a slight whisper of blue and
green. Pure sands of the earth sprinkle
tones of beige in this monochromatic trend. Asian themes and
styles are perfect blends.
When yearning for more color and energy, one
might look to this trend. The Organic Trend inspires us to live in bustling urban areas yet
it helps us maintain our serene and peaceful lifestyles. Here
too it is fueled by
the desires to be part of the wider community yet reducing pollution
and global warming. Smaller living spaces reflect the socially
responsible actions of design and sustainability. Instead of
sprawling out like in decades past, the urban
village moves upward with organic rooftop
gardens. Particularly useful in metro areas where space is of a
This collection is infused with a mid-tone
color palette encompassing dominant yellow toned greens as well
as rich soil brown. Notice how much warmer this palette is
compared to the others. Rattan and shadow blue compose the neutral
colors. Notice it is void of white. Precious metals of copper and
bronze express the earthen elements.
In our continued search for simplicity in our
lives and homes, the Nocturnal Trend emerges king. This
palette includes stronger colors which fuse with our
fast paced lifestyles. But at the same time these colors feel
soothing. We continue to search for
a restful environment that includes our ecological values
but also one that respects the balance between earth and its people. All living
creatures want to feel secure in their surroundings and we are
Green, orange, red and blue is influenced by
nightfall. What emerges are deep rich
tones that are not bold but serene. The two neutral colors give
peacefulness to the eye.
For those that yearn still for individuality,
the Global Trend celebrates
that in each of us. Drawing a lot from emerging countries, it is combined with international
influences that shape our world in a vivid exciting palette.
Just look in the mall to find it everywhere in fashion:
clothing, jewelry, handbags. Yet
stepping out of this global circle we need our own identity
which opens up a wide assortment of individual creativity. The
dramatic colors announce - this is my home!
Bright colors from around the globe highly
this trend. Go from mango orange to regal purple and aqua blues to deep
lime green. Add those reflective elements
of gold and silver to finish off this global trend.
Bring in black to share the stage - and even a bit of
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