2017 Color Trends Reviewed
This palette is dark. Its inspiration? Picture this: You’ve been sitting at your desk all day under fluorescent lights, looking at a bright, glowing computer screen. At the end of the day you leave your office for home. It’s dark, but the street lights are beaming along with the glitter of the city traffic surrounding you. All you want to do is get home to your grotto if you will and enjoy a glass of vino. You’ve created a place you can rest your eyes, body, and soul. The colors here are rich and introspective, could be a bit Johnny Raincloud if you’re not careful. Poised Taupe is the Sherwin Williams color of the year and belongs to this palette. It’s a non-committal color – neither cool nor warm- which is fantastic news to those having trouble making a decision. I believe this palette will bring with it the design trends found in gold foil wall papers, jewel tones (again), medium stained woods, as well as black painted surfaces. Think black subway tiles in the bathroom with black hexagonal floor tiles and brass finishes. Personally I find this palette to be a bit gloomy, but I love and use most of these colors individually Cyberspace, Black Swan, and Anchors Aweigh are beautiful exterior accent colors and Marea Baja…gorgeous!
I have to admit, when I first saw this palette, I hated it. For all of my friends in their 30’s and 40’s whose mama had mauve or country blue curtains, walls, carpet, wall paper border, shoot even sink or toilet, or you took the road a smidge less traveled and indulged in the southwest look presenting tera cotta and sage loveliness, you know what I’m talking about. But once I put the goose with the pink and blue patterned bandana around its neck out of my mind I realized this palette isn’t so bad…sort of. Gale Force is one of my absolute favorite SW colors. I especially love it as an exterior color with white trim and a yellow or red orange front door. I could see Mountain Air used in a bathroom or nursery. I can see how this palette would be soothing if I had a headache , which would make these colors perfect in a hospital or care facility. I would say this palette is quite conservative and a bit chilly, but utterly calming. The trends I see this palette bringing are, you guessed, it, 80’s inspired. Geometric design and shapes, rounded, short, bulky furniture, tweeds, botanical prints (think palm fronds), and of course wicker. I may even wear shoulder pads to your design consultation.
I kind of love this palette. There’s lots of pizzazz here. These colors are all screaming for the spotlight which could spell disaster if not used fittingly. Personally I’m a purple in small doses (or not at all) kind of person. Don’t be mad at me-we all have that one color we’re not crazy about. However, both Kimono Violet and Dahlia are lovely colors that look incredible with the other colors in this palette. The inspiration here is an expression of self, reinvention of self, and a shift in workplace location from office building to home. A bit hipster without the beard in that the colors are classic yet clean. The design trends I see this warm palette bringing to the formica table are bold wallpapers with large scale graphics, mid-century modern furniture, glossy finishes, abstract geometrics, raw or uncontrolled surfaces, colored woods, wall panels of felt and or wood. I plan to use these rock star colors in my office/tiny house to help initiate some creative musing.
This palette is my favorite. There is a variation of each color of the rainbow except purple, which doesn’t hurt my feelings, with some neutrals thrown in for good measure. It feels like I stepped inside a World Market when I look at these colors, and this is kind of the inspiration for this palette. It’s about coexistence, and getting to know our neighbors and ultimately what they use to decorate their home. It’s about diversity but joining together. Discovering a more thought driven approach to purchases and being honest with yourself about what you really love. Coral Reef was featured recently on our Facebook Favorite Color Friday, and is included in this palette. And where there’s coral there’s turquoise- Freshwater to be exact. Sealskin is a fantastic exterior accent color as well as Bee (think front door). I was explaining this palette to a friend and they asked me which color was my favorite. It’s like when you are shopping and you see a display of several stacks of the same shirt in different colors. You try the shirt on and love it but then can’t decide which color to buy because you love how they all look together and you end up buying one of each. Okay, maybe I’m the only one who has that problem… The trends I see this palette yanking to the forefront are tribal prints and animal decor, patterned tiles (love!), spanish porcelain, blended metals, rugs and tiles as wall displays, and world influence.
Simply white was 2016’s color of the year, but this year, Benjamin Moore has chosen from almost the opposite end of the spectrum. Shadow is Benjamin Moore’s 2017 color of the year. Shadow is a bold, saturated color that boasts a tinge of a purple undertone. It’s a beautiful deep gray that I am so excited to pair with Guacamole. That will be some serious drama! This entire palette is pleasing. There’s a balanced mix of business and party here. It’s the mullet of all color palettes!. I love the symmetry of soft and strong. Each deep hue has a matching neutral that carries on just a touch of its DNA, making a beautiful relationship. I’m impressed with how down to earth this palette is and I think it will appeal to all, regardless of demographic. These colors unify the generations and create a beautiful place where we can all exist.
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