Color is one of the most powerful choices we can make for our homes. Different shades can evoke distinct moods that affect our overall level of relaxation and overall happiness. Sue Kim, Valspar Color Strategist, says, “For 2013, we are working towards capturing a happy and meaningful life at home.” She says she has been looking at fashion, food and art when designing the latest color palette. Her favorite colors of the moment include “uplifting peaches, light-hearted pinks, glowing ambers, dusky blues and transparent greens.”
Pantone is designing their fall 2013 line based around art, technology, travel and sports. They selected emerald as Color of the Year. “Emerald is a lively, radiant and lush green,” said Lee Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. He goes on to say that emerald evokes a feeling of balance, harmony, inspiration and clarity.
Nature-Inspired Chestnut & Plum
Barbara Haaksma, VP of design and marketing at Milliken, says that nature-inspired colors like chestnut brown flooring and plum walls will add depth to interiors this autumn. Behr Paints is thinking along the same lines, pitching “Plum Orbit” and “Matrix Taupe” as complementary colors.
Dulux Paint chose “Inspired Violet” as their dominant color of the year. “It is the deepest colour we’ve ever chosen and although it is a striking statement colour, it is easy to live with, giving rooms a tranquil and restful atmosphere,” said assistant brand manager Tina Zappulla.
Benjamin Moore selected Lemon Sorbet as their color of the season, as it can be combined with any other colors homeowners have in their homes. It’s light, cheery and inspiring, they say.
Flint – Prehistoric Colors
Sallie Davies from Global Color Research says there are four major color trends for this fall. The first she calls “Flint” — which means neolithic, prehistoric colors that take us back to our roots. Soft, sophisticated and rustic — these are colors that ground and comfort us.
Storm – Weather Colors
Floods and fires have been all over the news. The combination of masculine and feminine — or hot and cold — will add a touch of surrealism to homes this season and reflect some of the uncertainty we feel, without distressing us.
Clash – Bold Colors
Bolder shades mix with pastels to reflect the enormous amount of protests and personal expression that have been conveyed around the world this year. A hint of vibrant, fruity shades can be juxtaposed with natural woods and neutral colors to add a bit of intrigue.
Alpine – Uniting Colors
Lastly, Sally Davies emphasizes the importance of togetherness for the paint color trends this fall. The Alpine colors are friendly, warm and sociable. They make us feel happy and secure. Many of the colors attempt to bring aspects of the outdoors inside for a sense of spirited unity.