Do you like to pre-plan your colour palettes and décor choices for future seasons? Lenzing provides a preliminary look at colour trends for autumn/winter 2016/2017, using Pantone colours from the FASHION + HOME colour system, with Urban Nobility, Playful Simple, and Soft Power, offering an array of muted and saturated colours, both bold and more subdued.
“Grab the city. Inventive in a concrete world. Inspired perception of your neighbourhood.”
“Serious playfulness. Intuitive order. Instinctive insight. Childlike choosing. From the heart. Spontaneous living.”
“Feminity. A new softness. Strength in caring. Vitality in sharing. Responsive and daring. Courage to be sensitive.”
Pantone themselves have this to say about autumn/winter 2016/2017:
For Autumn/Winter 2016/17 we explore colour that is “real” and “unreal,” absent and present and a mixology of what is in between. We are polarized between colours that are simple, honest and unassuming and stronger more saturated tones that make a bold statement. For those in the middle? A third platform of colour that connects and bridges our desire to be sober or intoxicated, quiet or loud – or both at the same time.
Just as the current direction in lifestyle fashion reflects a genuine polarization, colour stories for 2016/17 display a contrast between colour that is “real” and “unreal,” absent and present and a mixology of what is in between. We are divided between more modest and unpretentious shades and stronger, more saturated tones that make a bold statement. For those in the middle? A third platform of colour that connects and bridges our desire to be sober or intoxicated, quiet or loud – or both at the same time.
“We find this idea of absence and presence, obscuring and revealing, very relevant not only when it comes to colour, but also in the way we live our everyday lives,” said Laurie Pressman, vice president, Pantone Color Institute®. “On one hand, there is this wish to return to the simple, honest and unassuming, and on the flip side, a continuing presence of maximalist and a deep desire to stand out and be seen.”
Newly appreciated as a prestige colour, black is the pulsating force behind the forecast and the perfect canvas on which other colours are revealed.
Appearing in cool and warm guises, white is important because of its properties as opposed to its actual colour.
Essential to the palette, greys stretch across a variety of hues, warm and natural, muted and hard.
This season, greens take two directions: the first is a more yellowish and olive-oil-led direction while the second is cooler, sometimes glassy, but also more mineral, cool and Nordic.
Reminding us of light and radiance, yellows are important this season because of their warming presence and their effects on surface and texture.
Now suffused with spicy hues, shades in the orange family display influences of caramel, cinnamon and saffron.
Penetrating all levels of design, purples, in a variety of berry colours are now a lifestyle as opposed to a fashion shade and is critical to this season’s palette.
Becoming more sophisticated, blues move away from the more classic indigo shades to those that are infused with grey or green.
From nutmeg and tan to the red infused winey red browns, the browns continue to be very important across all materials and surfaces.
A safe option for those looking to add bright colour, red is a well-received and well-understood pop colour that is being combined in new ways.
Pastel shades leap from nuanced neutrals to stronger and more assertive colour.
Metallics remain important; however this season they are as pragmatic as they are decorative, combining with light or texture to enhance, bring movement and textural dimension