Colour trends in both fashion and interior design are forever being updated and changed according to the new season. Always changing and being reinvented, colour is a fundamental part of the design world and as such is always being given a breath of fresh air.
The Pantone Colour Institute is an organisation that helps companies across the world make the best choice when it comes to brand and product colours. They are particularly known for their colour trend forecasting, and releasing their top shades for the upcoming year. Pantone’s predictions are able to help you to develop a colour strategy, whether it be for a new company brand logo, high end fashion collection or your living room.
With a vivid, bright green being this year’s top colour trend of the year, named Greenery, it’s safe to say that Pantone’s 2018 predictions are set to be just as exciting and vibrant. So, if you’re looking to get ahead of the game with the biggest upcoming colour trends, you’re in the right place.
Interior design colour schemes
When it comes to interior design, your colour palette can have a huge impact on each room in the house, and it’s important to research and get it right. Pantone’s colour predictions can offer an insight into the next big shades that will work together throughout your home.
Creating mood boards, choosing your base colour and then choosing colours that work together gives you the chance to transform your home. Many different things can influence our colour choices, from emotions to current trends. Colours are also perceived differently in various cultures. For example, the colour blue represents trust and calmness in the west, while in Indian culture it symbolises sports and strength. Red represents danger and evil in Mid Eastern cultures, while in Far Eastern cultures it is synonymous with prosperity and vitality.
Colour names can also sometimes play a part in our decision-making. Fancier names have been shown to be favoured over generic names; in other words, we love the colour mocha, but we hate brown!
Pantone has shared its predictions with the notion that iridescence will continue to be a prevalent feature, thanks to our continuing fascination with colours that are pearlised, translucent or even slightly metallic. Another trend highlighted for our interior design in 2018 is that pastel shades will be replaced by brighter, bolder colours. This creates an intense, stimulating environment; something that may reflect our ever-increasingly busy and exciting lifestyles. So, what colours are we looking out for?
Pantone released 8 colour groups, delivering predictions to suit a variety of personal tastes as well as an option for every room. The first of the groups, Intensity, features shades of plum and blue-green, contrasted with striking orange.
Balanced with dark accents and even subtle hints of gold, there is a complete palette that delivers depth and sophistication to a room. Of course, the most fascinating thing about a collection of colours is how they are interpreted and used within a room. Whether it’s on the walls, seen in the furniture or even just the accessories around the room, it can have a huge impact. Placing a purple rug in the middle of a room, surrounded by golden accents and dark wood could have a striking effect.
The Resourceful palette put together by Pantone features two incredibly complementary colours; blue and orange. The combination of both warm and cool shades provides a captivating grouping that you can’t help but be drawn in by.
Mix the two shades on one wall, or use them for opposite sides of the room to create a dramatic effect. Enhancing your bedroom or living area, these shades not only brighten up the room, but incite an exciting reaction every time.
The next palette assembled and predicted by Pantone embraces a more muted colour combination, using muted blush and rosy tones in addition to warm, earthy hues. The shades have names such as Iced Coffee and Cornsilk Yellow, offering tints that go very well together to create a subtle but effective finish for your home.
Executive director, Leatrice Eiseman, described this palette as ‘embracing many different cultures’. Offering an understated approach to interior design, this can add warmth to a room.
True to its name, the Playful colour palette is for those who don’t take life too seriously. Offering bright shades of yellow and lime, these shades can add a vivid element to your living space or kitchen. On the more adventurous side of the colour spectrum, you can add a whimsical feel to a room and ensure it feels unique to you.
Charismatic, it’s a palette that’s designed to cheer you up and make you smile.
Discretion has been predicted by Pantone as Playful’s alter ego, offering much softer and delicate shades for a subtle appearance. Powdery pink and lilac are at the forefront of this collection, with the likes of Elderberry, Hawthorne Rose and Burnished Lilac coming together to create an inconspicuous colour combination.
A definite calming effect on your décor, these shades can accentuate a space’s natural light.
The next predicted colour palette ‘shines from within’, according to Eiseman. With a nod to fun and boisterous shades, TECH-nique is all about peacock tones of turquoise, dynamic blue, fuchsia and green. Adding a bold appearance to any room, these colours demand attention and as such, they have been counterbalanced by calmer shades including Frosted Almond and Brilliant White.
Whether you choose to use these shades across the whole room, or subtly in your accessories, it certainly adds a pop of colour to your home.
Colour predictions wouldn’t be complete without some influence from nature, which plays a very prominent role in interior design. Symbolic of health and heartiness, this palette plays with a variety of shades, reminding us that nature-inspired colours don’t have to stop at green.
Eggshell blue and berry purple work beautifully with shades named Foliage and Celery, offering differentiating hues that work across a number of rooms in the home.
The last colour palette prediction, Intricacy, introduces some new neutrals in the form of metallics. Balanced with shades known as Holly Berry Red and yellow Sulfur for a dramatic finish, it brings a modern approach to interior design. Contemporary and eye-catching, it’s brought into the home perfectly in the form of geometric patterns and feature wallpaper.
Reflecting the complexities of modern life, the colours in this palette work side by side to create an interesting space.
(Image credits: Pantone)