It may seem like a long while before we get to 2016, but the reality is that designers are already busily working on product lines that will start to appear in 2016. So having a sense of where colour palettes are headed to best choose colourways for wallcoverings, fabrics for upholstered goods, and finishes for casegoods is hugely important.
CMG 2016+ World Colour Forecast
The Color Marketing Group, or CMG, shows a forecast heavy on the red undertones, hence the continued strong presence of pinks and purples. Many of the neutral brown tones also lean towards red, which pair nicely with cool greys and deeper blues.
Pantone‘s colours, though they may appear different given the presentation, are quite similar, thus strengthening the argument that colour is all about the way you use it.
The Rise of China, the Fall of the United States
Economies are shifting; China is expected to be the most economically powerful country in the world by 2016. As such, expect a more prominent infusion of Chinese culture and style, which includes more colourful presentations in fashion and design.
Technology certainly is not going anywhere. Indeed, it seems to multiply at ever increasing rates. As it does, the world effectively becomes smaller and more socially connected (at least online), and new technologies are embraced much more quickly and openly than they would have been even ten years ago.
It seems that natural disasters are occurring both with greater frequency and increased negative impact. Hoping to stave off future disasters based on mounting evidence, many are more open to embracing “greener” lifestyles via recycling, minimizing their footprints, and attempting to adopt more sustainable methods. “Green” colours extend well beyond grass and leaf, and certainly show their influence.
How will you use colour in 2016?
Pantone images via Holtermann Design