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tuesday trending: pantone a/w 16/17

Despite the hot weather (there have been a string of days where temperatures have reached 35 degrees Celsius / 95 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), the time has come to explore Pantone‘s colour palettes for Autumn/Winter 2016/2017.

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Reveal: Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017

The world has become an increasingly polarized place. As Pantone’s Laurie Pressman notes, on the one side are aspects which almost fade into anonymity, while the other has a strong, stand-out-and-be-seen attitude. Looked at from another perspective, consider the dichotomy between yoga and mindfulness and the race so many have joined for status and social positioning.

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Reveal: Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017

So on the one hand, the purity and simplicity of white has become more appreciated and more grounded, earthy shades provide a balancing connection to nature.

But there are also major social issues and unrest at present, similar to what was experienced in the 1970s, and some people just want to have fun and express themselves while being bold and daring.

Reveal: Pantone A/W 2016/2017 Trends

Exhibit

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Reveal: Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Exhibit

Unmask

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Reveal: Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Unmask

Reflect

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Reveal: Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Reflect

Proclaim

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Reveal: Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Proclaim

Invisible

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Reveal: Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Invisible

Change

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Reveal: Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Change

Discover

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Reveal: Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Discover

Fade

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Reveal: Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Fade

Colour Family Trends

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Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Blue

Blue tones are used with more thought and care, making for great colour mixes. Let it be grounding by teaming it with neutrals or head into bolder territory with bright yellow or orange.

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Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Green

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Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Purple

Purple, says Pantone, is a critical shade to include. The most important purple: Phlox.

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Pantone Phlox is the only purple you need for A/W 2016/2017.

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Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Red

Red is becoming a “safe” option and will shine when mixed with military tones, pinks, and orange tones.

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Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Orange

For A/W 2016/2017, orange becomes an extension of the tan and brown families. Use it as a base colour rather than an accent.

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Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Pink

As with purple, there is one critical pink: Cerise.

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Pantone Cerise is the only pink you need for A/W 2016/2017.

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Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Brown

The most prominent brown tones are infused with red undertones. Focus on texture, pattern, and tactility.

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Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Neutrals

Neutrals are flexible and act as connectors. While anything goes, try a neutral palette infused with black, pink, or ecru.

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Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Gray

Quiet and harmonious, grey tones are absorbing and do not claim the attention in the room.

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Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: White

White, in many cases, signifies movement, shifting and drifting. Many white tones will veer towards ecru and blue.

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Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: White

Black is always in style, but it becomes more dominant, acting as a platform for all other colours and lending a prestigious air.

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Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Metallics

Metallics are everywhere. Mix them. Match them. Let them shine. On the whole, the focus is on more golden, yellow hues which are becoming increasingly pale.

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Pantone Autumn/Winter 2016/2017: Pastels

 

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7 creative colour combinations

Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

Looking for a colour combination that stands out and looks great while doing so? These fresh palettes from designers and colour experts offer creative colour combinations that are anything but boring.

Aqua + Cobalt + Yellow

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clockwise from top: Blue Ground, 210, Drawing Room Blue, 253, Dayroom Yellow, 233; all Farrow & Ball | image: BHG

Cobalt blue and sunny yellow is such a classic combination, but when I want to throw a new twist into this mix, I like to amp it up with aqua. Because aqua is the combination of blue and yellow, it is a natural fit and can come across as feeling somewhat monochromatic.

~ Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey, designer

Grey + Cocoa + Yellow

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Elegance, AR719, Barista, AR328, Light Rail, AR1805; all Valspar | image: BHG

A subtle play of grey and cocoa gets a jolt of energy from infused, bright colour. These colours are an evolution of the weathered wood and industrial metal inspiration of recent years. The bright yellow colour could be in a high gloss to make it look even juicier.

~ Mark Woodman, owner/principal, Mark Woodman Design+Color

Turquoise + Grey + Camel + Lavender + Sapphire

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Clockwise from top- Nifty Turquoise, SW6941, Garret Gray, SW6075, Copper Mountain, SW6356, Enchant, SW6555, Sapphire, SW6963; all Sherwin-Williams | image: BHG

I love the way dark walls can create a cozy, chic, sophisticated feel. Layer in some caramel-tone leather pieces to bring natural life into the space. Jewel-tone turquoise and sapphire accent chairs and lavender fabrics will help to bring in some lightness to balance the dark walls.

~ Khristian A. Howell, colour expert

Green + Periwinkle

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Oasis, PN11040, Deep Periwinkle, PN7060; both Valspar’s Pantone Universe | image: BHG

In my bedroom, I chose Pantone’s Deep Periwinkle and Oasis as the major colours. I prefer a blue that is more complex, with a tad of purple. It adds warmth and brings in a more sensual undertone. (It is a bedroom, after all!)

Leatrice Eiseman, colour specialist

Black + Apricot + Carmine Pink + Flamingo

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Clockwise from top- Jet Black ECC-10-2, Warm Apricot, PPL-42, Pinkelicious, T11-15, Foxy Pink, 110B-4; all Behr | image: BHG

Even though it is bold, Jet Black has the ability to warm and ground a room when used strategically. In this palette, bring in black through window moldings, doors, or a dark-stained floor. White walls, a light shade on the ceiling, and two shades of pink throughout the room decor make a statement.

Eddie Ross, BHG East Coast design editor

Blue-Black + Pale Blue + Orange

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Midnight Oil, 1631, Blue Lace, 1625, Cornwallis Red, CW315; all Benjamin Moore | image: BHG

Working in threes allows the room to take on a cohesive look, whatever the palette may be. Here, the blue-black colour grounds the room. The pale blue is perfect for the ceiling and lightens the darker tone. Lastly, the red serves as a bold accent and stops the room from being so predictable. Any bright colour can be added to give the room an unexpected burst of colour — be it pink, yellow, or even orange.

Philippa Radon, designer and colour consultant

Blue + Green + Orange

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Blue Suede Shoes, 798, Once Upon a Time, 574, Starburst Orange, 2010-30; all Benjamin Moore | image: BHG

The importance of blue shouldn’t be dismissed. It is true, friendly, and classic. It translates well to fabrics, walls, and accessories. Blue can also be a background or key colour. This palette is derived from the energy of ethnic fabric prints, youthful colours, and coastal living. Used ideally in combination, each of the colours would be an exciting accent and make an interesting ceiling colour.

~ Mark Woodman

Do you have a favourite colour combination that veers towards the unexpected?

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19 naturally neutral paint tones to try

“Neutral” has become a rather ambiguous term, especially in terms of colour palettes and décor. At one time, neutral was simply white or off-white. It slowly expanded to include more beige tones, and more recently, grey, grey, and more grey. For some, it even encompasses the likes of navy blue. Regardless of colour preferences, here are 19 great neutrals to consider, courtesy of bhg.com.

Pearly Whites

Winter Whites don’t have to be as stark as new snow. Look to natural pearls for the warm shades that will give your home a fresh start.

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Pearly Whites (clockwise from top left): Swiss Coffee; Muslin White; Light Navajo White; Birchwood White; Pegasus.

Swiss Coffee (1812): This modern white has a tiny touch of taupe. Pair with navy for a preppy look, or make it feminine with ballet slipper pink. behr.com

Muslin White (GLC24): Like a classic white shirt, this shade matches almost any accent colour—from chocolate browns to denim blues to fresh greens. glidden.com

Light Navajo White (E42): The colour of cappuccino froth, this hue looks as appealing on kitchen cabinets as it does on the walls of a light-filled room. acehardware.com

Birchwood White (7002-18): Here is the colour of a morning sky tinged with sunlight, easy on the eyes and perfect for a serene bedroom. valspar.com

Pegasus (D30-1): Give wood furniture an update with a few coats of this grey-white. It’s as crisp as Carrara marble. olympic.com

Creamy Lattes

The coffee ritual soothes while it energizes… These java-inspired hues will do the same for any room.

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Creamy Lattes (clockwise from top left): Interactive Cream; Cracker Bitz; Woodwind; Kabuki City.

Interactive Cream (SW-6113): Use it anywhere, but it makes an exceptionally good background for a wall of art. sherwin-williams.com

Cracker Bitz (C19-2): As rich as French roast, this colour is a handsome match for cream trim or wainscoting. olympic.com

Woodwind (C19-2): Paint tone-on-tone stripes (alternate this colour with Artesian White C19-1) in a guest room, where surprises are welcome. acehardware.com

Kabuki City (3003-8C): This looks amazing paired with a muted robin’s-egg blue. valspar.com

Driftwood Greys

There’s a new grey in tow, and it’s not the cold, steely hue you’re used to. These go-with-everything shades, inspired by weathered wood, radiate warmth.

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Driftwood Greys (clockwise from top left): Winter Gates; Coastal Pleasure; Silver Drop; Seal Grey; Promotion.

Winter Gates (AC-30): Thisalmost taupe hue has cosy written all over it. It’s as rich on a wall as it is on a velvet sofa or chair. benjaminmoore.com

Coastal Pleasure (5048): This is a perfect neutral—great for walls, beautiful with dark colours, fresh with white. acehardware.com

Silver Drop (790C-2): Use this super versatile hue wherever you’d use white. For a hot combo, just add yellow. behr.com

Seal Grey (GLN46): Roam into dramatic territory and go dark. Pale grey trim is an elegant pairing. glidden.com

Promotion (10D3): Step away from the beige! This mid-tone grey is a sophisticated and modern substitute. truevaluepaint.com

Colourful Greys

It’s grey like you’ve never seen it—friendly, warm, and (dare we say it?) lively!

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Colourful Greys (clockwise from top left): Pearl Grey; Oatlands Subtle Taupe; Misty; Silver Satin; White Sage.

Pearl Grey (GLN54): On a chair or other accent piece, this lavender-tinted grey is super sophisticated. glidden.com

Oatlands Subtle Taupe (6005-1B): A fantastic wall colour for a rich look. Pair with black. valspar.com

Misty (SW-6232): The soothing blue wall colour your bedroom has been waiting for. sherwinwilliams.com

Silver Satin (856): It looks white in the can, but this paint has an enveloping warmth after it dries. benjaminmoore.com

White Sage (410-2): Dreamy on the walls of a kitchen with cream cabinetry. olympic.com

What’s your favourite neutral or neutral palette?

 

 

 

Note: Actual colours may appear differently than on screen or in printed form. Consult paint chips before choosing a colour.

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tuesday trending: dunn-edwards 2016 colour + design

The following is from Dunn-Edwards:

Home is where the heart is — and nothing is truer than that for 2016. Whether you’re looking for the romance of opulence, the untethered simplicity of ranch life, the excitement of glamor-filled globetrotting, the nostalgic comfort and ease of summer camp, or just the fulfillment of every human’s need for quiet and tranquility, 2016 is designed to take you right where you belong. Welcome home!

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home

Home: 2016 displays five colour and design trends providing insight to what’s trending in 2016. [It] exudes confidence with strong, darker midtones mixed with milky pastels inspired by history and romance. Natural monochromatics pair with softened, reflective hues in retro influences, while farmstead born, sun-drenched and weathered colouring are reminders of the desert western landscape. And globetrotting spicy colours interplay with neon brights in decadent atmospheres, while a wealth of blues provide a base for clean, spare design.

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home

To the Manor Born

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… To The Manor Born

Inspired by the age of Romance with a twist on the fairy-tale. Romanticism highlighted intense emotion, placing emphasis on sentiments such as apprehension, horror and terror and awe — especially the  experiences when confronting the beauty of nature and sublimity. Romantics celebrated life filled with deep feeling, free expression and revived medievalism.

A bit darker, fantastical, strangely surreal and macabre, the manor shows a love of nature, romance and a deep sense of history. Taking cues from floral and organic designs, 19th-Century naturism, museums and a nod to Shakespeare among the familiar classics.

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… To The Manor Born

To the Manor Born reflects a precious softness, with hushed neutrals paired with darker and mid-tone shades, giving a chiaroscuro effect. Colour is atmospheric, misted, elegant and organic. Shadow and light effects reflect the mysterious quality of the palette.

Hues range from natural monochromatics to toned multicolours. Palette highlights include clay, mauve, ambrosia, purple fog, rouge, fig, rosewood, and silver reflection on fleshy pinks.

Midnight at Bar Do Copa

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… Midnight at Bar do Copa

Inspired by the globetrotting gypsy, the explorers’ clubs, the glamourous, eccentric and electric, Midnight at Bar do Copa offers an updated mix of 1980s decadence and opulence with interplays of travels and street scenes. The life of a Maharaja.

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… Midnight at Bar do Copa

The rich colour palette evokes memories of travels to food and spice markets — lime, chili, coriander, melon, papaya, lemon. Picking up textiles along the way with saturated, deep colouring, mixed with flashes of exotics and neon brights. The secondary spectrum on the colour wheel with iridescence, luminosity and rock candy colouring. The ’80s mash with ’20s with a revived stage presence.

An Island to Myself

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… An Island to Myself

Inspired by the visionaries and futurists, those with an eye for new ideas and a need for retreats to think of new innovations without distraction. Digital worlds mesh with spiritual retreats without causing chaos. Minimalism without sterility. Relaxed and happy. Importance in daily rituals and the small details. A place of meditation.

In 2016, we trend forward into Asia, looking at the digital artwork as an influence on living, interplaying on everyday life without distracting from a full life. Reaching to the extremes of summits and boundaries in search of the next great idea — from Iceland to the Arctic, the South Pacific to India, from galaxies far away to the depths of the soul. To the Visionary, the Lone Wolf, the Folk Hero and the Meditative Artist… your island awaits.

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… An Island to Myself

A bias towards blue — ranging from crisp and clear, to soft greys and violets, plus taupes, cloud whites and monastery grey. Ocean blues and sea glass with a spot of earthy Moroccan red sandstone colour for grounding.

Back at the Ranch

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… Back at the Ranch

Inspired by the wild and primitive, the authentic and simple. A need to recharge through seclusion, hard work, or adventure. The early Western ranches symbolized freedom to create one’s own destiny; much-needed food sources; and the rise of the legends of iconic American cowboys, Mexican vaquero and charro and the South American gauchos, llanero and huasos.

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… Back at the Ranch

Back at the Ranch offers home to masculine and earthy naturals. Farmstead born, sun-drenched and weathered. Colours range from autumnal blues to cinnamon and chai, grey sky to stardust. Bright spots of marigold highlight henna and clay.

Summer Camp

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… Summer Camp

Inspired by the journeys into seeking out the unique and quirky people and personalities of the City of Angels and the Southwest region. Cheerful and festive, sentimental, hooked on fashion and trends, often with quirky and retro kitsch touches. Inspired by summers past spent away at camp, enjoying 1950s camp spirit with friends; family vacations spent at the lake or ocean; camping, swimming and hanging with friends, carefree and happy; a vintage, quaint window of times past.

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Dunn-Edwards 2016: home… Summer Camp

Happy and playful. Retro sorbet hues reminiscent of family outing and trips, sunny days and relaxing in the sun. An updated twist on ’50s and ’60s influences.

2016 Colour Forecast

  • Colour plays between deep intense colours and soft, feathery hues to create a wide palette to play with for 2016.
  • Quiet, natural hues in matte finishes showcase the best of timeless design, while silver highlights the powdery effects. Muted, hazy, Ambiguous colouring.
  • Modern and intense, deep colours energize and embolden modern and street designs, while neon shades radiate light. Exotic, vibrant, over-the-top. Impactful.
  • Minimalism evokes a quiet atmosphere with clean whites and dark shades. Classic, modern.
  • Pastels trend forward in fresh and fruity colouring, though sophisticated and grown-up. Casual, summers spent seaside with retro hints, upbeat and playful.
  • Pattern highlights include rainbow colouring, colour blocking, Birds of paradise, flecked and speckled colouring and an abundance of florals.
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Reds and Pinks

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Oranges

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Yellows

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Greens

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Blues

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Purples

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Neutrals

2016 colormix

Sherwin-Williams offers the following for colour for 2016.

Passionate pursuit. Fresh mindfulness. Vintage workmanship. Social engagement. And technology and materials that seem to come from out of this world. We’re taking the best of everything life has to offer and indulging in the moment. Prepare to come together as we go in passionate pursuit of a shared colour consciousness.

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2016 colormix from Sherwin-Williams

Pure Vida

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2016 colormix: Pura Vida

The elements that remind us to live well, be well, and stay well are vital to creating spaces to unplug. Natural materials, honed and sheer. Ancient alabaster and marble hues. Warmer greys turning to khaki and blushed neutrals. New therapies draw us to the colours of nomadic sand baths and holistic massage rooms. We’re awakening from the recession, hungry for a new orderliness, ready to feed the spirit, make memories, and savour the moment.

Trajectory

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2016 colormix: Trajectory

Technology’s pace has us living in a constant state of wonder. The boundaries between art, science, and commerce continue to blur as increasingly powerful computer chips and extreme materials combine to expand the possible. Augmented reality, 3-D printers, drones, interiors that adapt to our bodies. Apps and sensors make everyday chores feel frictionless. The future keeps arriving, in icy blues, shimmering pewter, sophisticated plums, and other mesmerizing hues in stunning gloss finishes.

The Trajectory palette also includes Sherwin-Williams faux paint colour: Pewter Cast Metallic (SWF 302) — see store for details & colour cards on faux finishes.

Nouveau Narrative

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2016 colormix: Nouveau Narrative

Our new industrial evolution may be small batch and grassroots, but it’s built to last. Authentic 20th-century machinery is being dusted off and reconditioned as North American manufacturing re-emerges in the form of the Maker Movement. Looking to the past to inspire our future, dreamers and doers craft new aesthetics collaged from the pages of history books. Think rugged determination, olive and denim, dusky wools, and brass buttons glinting in the sunlight.

The Nouveau Narrative palette also includes Sherwin-Williams faux paint colour: Relic Bronze Metallic (SWF 340) — see store for details & colour cards on faux finishes.

Mas Amor Por Favor

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2016 colormix: Mas Amor Por Favor

Meaningful change begins locally. Driven by social engagements as much as social media, we’re coming together to rediscover the pleasures of intimate gatherings, garden parties, personalized outdoor weddings – along with playful indulgences like champagne towers and vintage florals. Multifamily living is back, and this palette connects across generations: dashing greens and cheeky pinks with a flower power that’s as crisply modern as it is soulfully vintage.

 

tuesday trending: brave 2016+ colour

The Color Marketing Group (CMG) has declared “Brave” the European key colour for 2016+. The saturated red “burns with the passion of taking a stand.”

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CMG: Brave

As humanity rushes forward in new directions, its people are insisting on taking a stand against oppression and inequality, but with a positive energy and outcomes. The energy of Brave’s red suggests the passion that drives us to fight the good fight.

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image via CMG: Brave 2016+ colour

Whether in fashion and accessories, designed environments or graphic design, it can be fired up with purpose or represent the beating heart that propels us forward with blood surging throughout veins.

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image via CMG: Brave 2016+ colour

A colour that has a life of its own, it will be enhanced further with glossy sheens and metallic glow that speak of Brave’s fire from within.

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tuesday trending: trend bible’s spring/summer 2015

The Spring season is in full swing and we absolutely love it! Trend Bible has put together several trends for Spring / Summer 2015 which include both colours and design details.

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Originate

An interesting mix of both muted and saturated hues, Originate incorporates colour blocking, debossing, clustered objects, and waffle and piqued plaids, among others.

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Pop Lab

Pop Lab is a whimsical, playful trend with lots of blues and purples that are offset by a bright, sunny yellow. Include noticeably recycled items and materials, inflatables, compressed layers, painterly prints, and moulded, seamless furnishings and accessories.

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Reflect

A soft, almost shimmery palette, Reflect embraces warm metals, amber glass, studs and speckles with linear textures.

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Airscape

Think of bubbles, rounded shapes, random scattered patterns, angular prints, and exposed seams and zippers. Blue is once again dominant with Airscape, though it leans towards green rather than purple in this case and is accented with pale, silvery green and modest orange hues.

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Kidaesthetic

Kidaesthetic is a contemporary spin on the more traditional primary colours associated with youth. Introduce oversized stitching, colour dipped or blocked details, and quirky knits and florals.

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Monometric

Monometric is more refined and classic with monograms, debossing, patterned stripes, buttoning, and textiles with typography. The palette is full of restful greens and blues but is also well grounded with cool white, charcoal grey, a deep, earthy brown, and a darker grey-green.

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New Horizons

New Horizons unites many geometric effects, from etching and laser cutting, to grids and abstract patterning. Focus on texture, whether glossy and lacquered or more rough and crater-like. Colours are present but almost appear as a secondary part of the story.

As an added bonus, here are three trends observed from Maison et Objets 2015 in Paris:

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Slouched Paper Bags

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Enamel

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Segmented and Sliced Circles

 

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