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Color Trends 2008

Each year trade industry groups and companies spend a great deal of time and energy researching and developing color forecasts to help product designers, interior designers and consumers create coordinated living spaces. We research and recap these forecasts and then create color palettes based upon the emerging trends from these groups.
There is a surprising consensus this year as many groups are forecasting travel and ethnic colors. We’ve decided to use these in our accent palette for 2008 to bring in the ethnic vibe from around the world.
In 2008 we are seeing the earth tone theme both mature and expand. Being green is still hot, but now the colors are becoming more sophisticated and textured, and are expanding to include the sky and water. Hence we’ve add blue into our updated earth tone palette.
Palette’s you can leverage in your home project:
StylishHome Earth Tone Palette
The 2008 Earth Tone palette can be used with major décor pieces and surface colors.
StylishHome Accent Palette
Accent colors from around the world to add vibe.
StylishHome Neutrals Palette
Neutrals will be seen in major décor pieces and surface colors.
StylishHome Elegant Palette
Elegant palette colors are often used in more dramatic presentations.
Color Marketing Group
Genuine concern for the environment remains the group’s top trend going into 2008. What matters most to people is looking “green” so “materials will look hand-made, un-dyed and unbleached. Products will look more like what they are actually made of, with lots of texture and natural imperfections proudly showing through. Off-whites, sandy and linen-y colors, rock and soil colors, brownish-greens – the colors of nature are seriously fashionable now.” “Next year will be the emergence of a much blacker blue inspired by technology – a deep, vibrant navy so dark you’ll swear it’s black.” In metallic’s, “After so many years of brushed chrome and nickel, look for warmer shades – coppery, bronzy-y ton tones – to prevail.” Lastly, “Globalism continues to inspire our love for ethnic accent colors. They’re coming to us from India, China and Latin America.”
Pantone Color of the Year for 2008
Pantone has selected PANTONE 18-3943 TSX Blue Iris, a deep blue with purple hues. A multi-faceted hue that mirroring the complexity of the world we live in. “As a reflection of the times, Blue Iris brings together the dependable aspect of blue, underscored by a strong, soul-searching purple cast. Blue Iris satisfies the need for reassurance in a complex world, while adding a hint of mystery and excitement. Emotionally, it is anchoring and meditative with a touch of magic. Look for it artfully combined with deeper plums, red-browns, yellow-greens, grapes and grays.” Blue Iris “best reflects color direction in 2008 for fashion, cosmetics and home products.”
Paint Quality Institute
The Institute says 2008 will be a turning point in neutral colors, “Green may just become the newest ‘neutral’ color.” “Mid-tone hues of fern, palm, pine and sage will be used on their own or coupled with clear blue or aqua to create a living space that conjures up a sense of outdoor-friendly living. Sandy tan and adobe brown can be intermingled to complete that earthy and eco-friendly feel. While the “black and white paint hues will enhance opulent living spaces.” The Institute is also observing an important trend that includes not only green, but also people’s continued “strive for simplicity in their technology-driven overloaded lifestyles and seek to a return to a gentler way of life. Their latest palette, called “crewel”, showcases “consumers returning interest in crafts, home cooking and family focused activities.” Colors identified as part of this trend include, “rich cranberry reds, warm browns, along with pumpkin orange… mix in deep-toned blue and the tapestry is complete.”
RAL Colour Feeling
RAL is forecasting four main trends. Rejuvenating spirit includes white and light shades. Hypnotic spirit includes luscious greens and yellows offering a touch of extravagance. Mineral spirit includes metallic colours and cool blues. Seductive spirit has female shades.
For 2008 Sherwin-Williams is moving away from distinct palettes in an effort to better conform to a global society. The new themed palettes each contain a variety of colors in two palettes allowing you to create blends of colors similar to the way you mix fabrics, prints and other materials in your interior designs. The Expand Your Horizons theme contains several earth tones and a blue containing a hint of teal. The Around the World theme holds a variety of ethnic hues perfect for creating an eclectic look. The No Place Like Home theme is a “nuanced, elegant palette,” that, “heralds a return to harmony, stability and practicality.” It shows, “green design is now sophisticated and elegant.” The Pack Your Bags theme contains hues from the desert, Southern Spain and New England. They tend to be darker and more masculine, and make good background colors to make accents pop. The Fork in the Road theme contain a variety of bold blue, green and red hues.
ICI Paints
For 2008 the ICI color experts are designating yellow as their color of the year. “More than any other hue, it has the ability to convey a mood of warmth, sociability and welcome. Additionally, they have produced a Growing Respect Theme that “balances the weather mid-tones of bark, shale, rust and mustard with the paler botanical shades of pollen, apple and moss.” The Ebb and Flow theme is inspired by the “molecular aspects of water.” The Art Form theme is inspired by the Modernist and Bauhaus movements of last century. It includes “warm dusty grays”, which “are offset by hints of yellow – lemon, mustard and mimosa.” The Hidden Beauty theme is a neutral palette with “skin tones, nude pinks, and rich browns.” The Explorer palette is about the experience and is “sometimes plastic, sometimes natural, and sometimes chalky” without being concerned whether they are “tasteful” or not. 
About The Forecasters
Color Marketing Group is a not-for-profit association of color design professionals from over 20 countries. In forming their forecast, their members hold a twice-per-year color conference where they consider influences on color trends such as social issues, politics, the environment, the economy and cultural diversity. Their forecasts are utilized by designers in a variety of industries.
Pantone was founded in 1963 and is an authority on color and color communication and matching systems. They produce the PANTONE VIEW Home, a comprehensive forecasting tool for the home furnishings industry.
Paint Quality Institute was founded in 1989 and operates 14 paint testing facilities throughout the world. They deliver information on paint performance as well as color trends, decorative techniques and innovative new ways to use paint.
RAL is an internationally leading colour standard for all professional users of colours in industry, trade, architecture and design. RAL has been an independent partner to the industry since 1927.
Sherwin-Williams, founded in 1866, is the largest producer of paints and coatings in the United States. Their color consultants have been giving expert advice for over 100 years. Architects and preservationists rely on their historically accurate Preservation Palettes to recreate and remodel historically important projects. Their experts even advised a 1939 conference on bus construction to make school buses yellow.
ICI Paints, makers of Glidden among many other brands, prides themselves on their trends expertise. Every year they define the latest international colour trends by reviewing findings from research groups, colour marketing and trade and retail exhibitions, and design influences from the worlds of fashion, technology, architecture, music, nature and popular culture.
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