sico’s 2015 colour palettes

If you live in a climate with notable season differentiation, Fall represents more than just a time for Thanksgiving and the changing colour of leaves. It also is the season for next year’s colour forecasts. Sico‘s forecast introduces four themes that offer a diverse range of bold colours, from down-to-earth to opulent tones.

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Comfort Zone

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Comfort Zone

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Comfort Zone

…is about simple living and creating harmony between the natural and man-made worlds. The result is a mix of deep, earthy neutrals and muted blues and pinks. Invoking images of the earth, atmosphere and ocean, this palette of SICO paint colours features a range of soil and rust browns such as Etruscan Villa (6059-63), foliage greens such as Visionary Green (6165-63), and aquatic blues such as Miramichi River (6153-52). Think colourful handcrafted textiles and rattan, braiding, weaving, macramé and crochet. Delivering an uncluttered feel, these colours pair well with grainy wood and iodized metal to add a warm, rustic flair to living spaces.

Tempo

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Tempo

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Tempo

…reflects consumers who are plugged-in, socially connected and comfortable expressing their individuality. Dominated by vibrant, playful hues, the upbeat collection ranges from raspberry reds and golden yellows to turquoise blues and slate greys, such as Marilyn (6502-33 ▲*) red, Portrait Yellow (6094-64 *), Bikini Blue (6150-63) and Iron Ore (6173-73) grey by Sico paint. Urban neutrals – such as concrete grey and black – balance the intense hues and work well with bright bolds in any decor. Appearing almost illuminated, the colours of the Tempo theme are intended to energize and pick up the pace of life.

Pattern Play

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Pattern Play

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Pattern Play

Last year’s popular craft movement will continue to dominate home decor in 2015, translating into creative expressions of geometric patterning – whether hand- or computer-generated – both on walls and in furnishings, according to SICO paint colour experts. Featuring energetic combinations of spicy reds, deep golds, jewel greens, mid to dark blues, plums, indigos, blacks and greys, the Pattern Play theme emits an international flavour reminiscent of the opulence and tapestry of Eastern cultures. Some of this theme’s majestic hues include Tamari Almond (6115-74) gold, Clown Fish (6505-23 ▲*) orange, Atmospheric Blue (6001-63) and Patrician Purple (6015-73) by SICO paint.

Introspection

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Introspection

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Introspection

Techies by day need a retreat at night, and the Introspection theme delivers colours that create a calm, serene environment and much-needed respite from our busy lives. Providing a welcome balance to the energetic colours of 2015, this group of colours is loaded with soft pastels and washed-out blues, browns, pinks, purples and greys. Appearing neutral-like, these hues are actually saturated with colour, including Intrepid Blue (6022-31), Linden Wood (6192-42), Frangipani (6178-31) purple and Crosshatch (6206-42) grey by Sico paint. Building on the tranquil theme, this grounded-in-nature collection is associated with minimalistic styling, clean lines and simplicity, working well with greyed wood tones and sandy textiles.

dulux colours for 2015

From the press release:

The colour theme for the upcoming year, at least from paint brand Dulux’s perspective, is to get out of the house. Maybe not literally, but the colour palette for 2015 is intended to be reminiscent of exotic global destinations. For example, the Colour of the Year is Tropic Night, a vibrant, clean blue that is expected to dominate all areas of interior décor. Martin Tustin-Fuchs, brand manager for Dulux paint, explained that “next year’s trendy blue evokes images of the sparkling Caribbean Sea and will be noticed wherever you put it.”

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Dulux: Tropic Night, 2015 Colour of the Year

The trend towards opulent, vibrant international colours will be seen across the colour spectrum, according to the Dulux brand. Likening the 2015 palette to a kaleidoscope, the Dulux Co-leidoscope theme represents the convergence and intersection of colours from different world cultures. Tustin-Fuchs said that rather than a “melting pot, this theme serves as a glamorous celebration of the unique and eclectic designs and experiences the global world has to offer.”

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Key colours from the Dulux paint 2015 collection include Ruby Ring red, Red Badge coral, Swiss Pine emerald, Blazer Blue sapphire, Golden Harvest yellow, Stage Fright plum, Light’s Out black and Heron Grey.

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“After several tough economic years, today’s consumers are craving to break free, add spice to their life and get a taste of the exotic, and one way they will do so is by surrounding themselves with lavish colours,” Tustin-Fuchs said.

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As part of the global Co-leidoscope theme, consumers will also use next year’s glamorous colours in creative ways, especially when it comes to patterning, he explained. “Opulent and eccentric patterns such as stylized florals, new twists on old tapestry and ornate detailing will be everywhere in 2015.” Also trending will be colourful bohemian home fashions, a throwback to the elegance, artistry and decadence of the ’70s, he said.

 

colour for spring/summer 2016

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.

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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.

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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.

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Increasing Technology

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.

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Environmental Disasters

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

 

colour trends for fall/winter 2014/2015

Though Fall has not yet officially arrived, the weather the past few weeks has certainly been more autumnal than expected for this time of year. As you prepare for the cooler months ahead, keep the following palettes in mind when it comes to décor.

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Soft Tones

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Neutral Tones

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New Neutrals

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Romantics

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Brights

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Masculine Brights

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Highlighter Brights

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Industrials

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Jewel Tones

Fashion hints towards jewel and metallic tones, mixed with soft, bright, and neutral shades. Highlights from the fashion runways show the most influential colours to include red options from cranberry to crimson, deep honey mustard, cool shades of teal, darker tones of orchid and regal variations of cobalt.

Enliven and warm up your interiors with colour this Fall!

11 great colour combinations

The following was written by Kate Watson-Smyth from Mad About the House.

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Invisible Green 56, Cool arbour 232 and Leather 191

…Inspiration comes in the form of these gorgeous new images from the Little Greene Paint Company. I showed you a while ago their Grey Paint collection but now they’re moving on to new colour combinations.

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attic ii 144 & sky Blue 103

Moving on from the neutral shades, the paint company wants [us to] all experiment with new colour combinations. These historical colours have been in the catalogue for a while, but it’s about how you mix them up.

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Hicks’ Blue 208 & Green Verditer 92

Now, I’m the first one to admit I’m a bit scared of too much colour and prefer to keep things monochromatic, but when I look at these images I could definitely be persuaded to crack open a tin of paint.

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Basalt 221 & orange aurora 21

With so many of us living modern lives in buildings originally designed for a completely different lifestyle, Little Greene is interested in finding ways in which these historical  so-called neutral colours can remain true to their origins and architecture, whilst forming the basis of contemporary design schemes.

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Basalt 221 & orange aurora 21

So it’s not about changing the paint colours, but instead changing the colours used with them.

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Celestial Blue 101 & marine Blue 95

David Mottershead, the managing director of Little Greene, says: “Using paints effectively in interior design is a much more sophisticated process than selecting a single colour from a paint chart. One colour in isolation can be attractive, two in combination can be beautiful and three shades used together can be quite exquisite.”

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Grey teal 226, shallows 223 & marigold 209

That’s dependent on you getting the right three mind you. If you’re not sure then follow the 60-30-10 rule. Use the ten per cent for the added punch of colour. It doesn’t have to be paint, it could be, as in the image above, an orange chair which highlights the little stripe of colour above the skirting board going up the stairs.

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Portland stone – Dark 157 & atomic red 190

Obviously the 60 per cent is the walls as that’s the biggest area. Consider a man in a suit: the dominant colour of the suit, the secondary colour of shirt and the punch of the tie.

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sage Green 80 & mambo 112

You can have one accent wall for the secondary colour ( I know it’s unfashionable, I don’t care, I still like it) or stick to furniture and rugs and then have fun with the skirtings and or window frames.

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Deep space Blue 207, Bronze red 15 & Yellow-Pink 46

It’s not hard and fast but it is a guide to getting the proportions right and it’s as good a place as any to start.

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Yellow-Pink 46 & Lamp Black 228

I’ll leave you for now with this pictures. Enjoy your day and, dare I say it, enjoy the colours.