What’s New: For 2017
If you like to personalize your space, the softer pastel tones of 5 years ago may not fit your style. In the past several years colors have taken a complete turn-around. Once labeled “extreme,” vivid colors now are commonplace in our color world. Individual expression has flourished in our “not so happy” economic times. This year with post-recession optimism consumers are welcoming the use of color to create happier home and work environments. With last year’s fashion runways reflecting Pantone’s inspirational color of the year “Tangerine Tango,” this year’s bold colors push further into the happier jewel tone colors. This year’s new color, Emerald Green, reflects even more how people have transformed and embraced the spectrum of bright, bold hues. Chartreux, luxurious navies, and jeweled purples are complimented with crisp white, icy gray tones, and common neutrals to create a vibrant space. Deep, rich, and bold tones are tempered with those softer colors on trim and ceiling areas.
Fashion and color trends reflect the desire for self-expressionism. People are venturing out of their comfort zones to create bold, adventurous styles on the fashion runways. This ultimately translates to home and business environments, as well as decor styles. With the push for color, Art Deco returns with floral patterns once again prevalent in furniture and fabric backgrounds. The current floral patterns are shown with predominantly white backgrounds complimented with bold, matching colors, and white accents. Lighter backgrounds and floral patterns of furniture placed against rich reds, eloquent purples, and flowery tones create very dramatic distinctive looks transporting us back into the Roaring 20s.
This year consumers are looking for graphic designs, geometric shapes, hand sketching on walls, and “touchable” textures to inspire new concepts in home atmospheres. Adding graphic and geometric shapes can add a more contemporary modern feel to an otherwise average space. Linear designs create interest with the use of balance in soft neutral tones, whites, grays, or beiges combined with the “punch” of vibrant blues, classic purples, and emerald greens. While the modern metric, graphic appeal is present in 2016, the use of texture in the sense of brushed suede, Tuscan faux finish, aged and distressed wood, and the use of stone are equally popular again. These “touchable” elements can be used to create warm, rich, cozy looks in your office, powder bath, dining room, and library. Using brushed suede, Tuscan faux finish can be used to embellish western themes, rustic Santa Fe looks, or old world themes. The use of stone elements, distressed wood, deep browns with rich ochre glazes, and bold accents will complete the package.
Finally, the return of the African influence is once again a major trend with more contemporary fabrics, and a more linear design. The African influence “animal odyssey,” combines African prints with the lure of tropical accents. Here again the use of brushed suedes are combined with African masks, and tribal artifacts to create a dramatic effect. The use of warm colors with animal skin imitations and lush tropical prints give the ultimate eclectic look for the most daring fashion enthusiasts.
Whether it’s a journey to Africa or indulging in the latest vibrant color palette, King of the Painters can translate your space into something that defines “you”! Our color expertise and the new trends of 2016 will help inspire you!
A creative color scheme can extract the average feel out of your home or office setting. The new color trends point once again to the re-emergence of vivid, bold colors combined with the opposing subtlety of neutrals. With this new saturation of color, strong accent walls and bold contrasts will prevail. In the past, people have chosen the minimalist path in regards to color defining their surroundings. The direction of new color trends is a heavier saturation of bolder tones and deeper, richer compliments of color. Heavier, fuller spaces, combined with linear design will define our surroundings.
The Impact of Color
Yellow is the happiest color in the spectrum. It can bring a smile to any a kitchen, laundry room, or bathroom while providing a sunny disposition.
Orange evokes enthusiasm, vibrancy, and sort of an exhibition among colors that will draw attention to your space.
White and neutral colors will open your space; giving it a clean, refreshing feeling. Accenting white with splashes of color is an effective way of dramatizing a room. Cooler white gives a more formal look, while warmer whites help make areas feel cozier.
Green is the color of nature. Green can have a calming and relaxing impact on your space. Use sage and pear tones in bedrooms to give serenity, while shades of lime and chartreuse will energize your space.
Blue is perhaps the most popular color, it draws from the sky, water and heavens above. It creates calming and cool themes similar to the green tones. It works well in bedrooms, under chair rails, or on its own as a bold accent.
Red is the color of confidence; its bold richness creates excitement and energy. This punch of color is great for making a statement. It works well in dining rooms, powder rooms, and accents. This spirited color will stimulate passion, power, and opulence.
Burgundy, Purple/Plum is rich and sophisticated; a close sibling to black that can add a mischievous, melancholic, and romantic feeling. It is the color of wealth, luxury, and nobility. This works well with cooler gray tones to formalize a room, while, adding lime green to make a room look more fresh and modern.
Pink is positive; typically more feminine and softer than the red family. Pink lifts the spirits, and works well in children’s rooms and nurseries. It can be combined with bright greens or oranges to impact a space, or toned down with shades of brown or tan to soften a bedroom.
Silver is an attention grabbing accent and can be used to give a formal appearance. Used on fashion runways, this color conveys opulence, intelligence, and grandeur. This classic color works well in living rooms, dining rooms, powder rooms, and grand settings. It can be paired with warmer tones to create a more lively and inviting space.
Light silver black is very sophisticated. It represents elegance, mystery, and power. Using black as an accent or combined into a faux finish can impact and add drama to your space. Black works well in combination with silver to give an eloquent effect to a space.