I never quite understood the full impact that colour had on me until I experienced the loss of a loved one a few years ago. I remember not wanting to see or even wear bright colours. Colour was just too overwhelming for me to take in and I felt as though the colour itself was somehow draining what little energy I had left in me, out of me.
What is the Pantone Colour of the year, and why is it a movement?
The Pantone Colour of the year is carefully analysed and then chosen by Pantone’s colour experts at the Pantone Colour Institute where they look across a wide variety of influences such as entertainment, technology, fashion, design, trending travel destinations and more and then pair this with what is happening in society as a whole, to determine what will be trending in colour. The Pantone Colour of the Year has been around for 20 plus years and carries a lot of influence on purchasing choices in many industries such as fashion, interior design, graphic design and industrial design.
What IS the Pantone colour for 2021?
Lately I have been noticing navy everywhere. Fashion, how many summers have I seen nautical themed fashion, it just works. In nature, look up to the evening sky and out to the ocean it’s there and in BIG doses. Advertising, navy is used by the advertising world to project trust, loyalty, intelligence, truth brands like Facebook and HP are blue for this reason. And of course lastly I’ve been noticing navy interiors. Navy plush velvet chesterfields, navy damask wallpaper, navy upholstered high back dining chairs, navy plush custom designed carpet and the list goes on. Navy is an easy colour to live with, so lets look at some ways we can introduce this classy colour into our living spaces.
Navy is a timeless, classic colour. It never dates, always looks good, you can dress it up or down, yes even in interiors. It plays well with other colours, textures, styles. I would go as far to say it’s a neutral, it goes with everything.. yes, even black if tastefully done.
There are a few ways to introduce navy into an existing colour scheme or use it as a basis to create a new one by use of some simple colour theory.
Getting back to basic colour theory, get your colour wheel out and look at colour combinations such as emerald, rubies and copper they work beautifully with navy to create a tetrad of four colours that relate. I also like the triad of gold, ruby and navy together. Then there is the complimentary navy and copper, lastly theres citrine with garnet and navy that make for a very sophisticated palette. Of course when pairing these colour combinations together it’s important to get the recipe right, you don’t want to use equal parts of each colour in the room, this will make for a boring interior. Create some drama and intrigue, mix it up with the values of light, tone and shade of the colours you use. You may be bold and paint navy walls, then keep your flooring lighter in tone and maybe introduce a complimentary orange tone by way of some accent chairs to create some interest. Another alternative is light walls, navy carpet and then some ruby and gold accents in cushions, picture frames etc…. for a triadic colour scheme.
I’ve put together some of these colour combinations below showing navy with it’s various colour partner options. Of course Colour Theory is just a starting point things can be mixed up, adding black, grey and white to the mix will add a whole different dimension to the look. Either way, have a play with navy, you might just like what you discover.
Pantone have announced Marsala 18-1438 as the colour of the year 2015.
To me this colour speaks maturity, elegance and sophistication. Named after a fortified wine it’s richness and earthy red brown tones bring character and I think will add a lot of charm when used in interior spaces. It is a colour that could be used on it’s own or as an accent.
Incorporate Marsala into accent pieces, decorator accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture.
Lets explore some ways to use Marsala in home interiors.
1. Use Marsala for upholstery. I can see it in a velvet upholstery for a traditional wingback chair sitting next to a beautiful old fireplace in a library, old vintage rug….. you get the picture.
2. Complimentary colours are blue, green, gold even grey will work nicely with it.
3. Paint your dining room walls Marsala if you are feeling brave, be sure you get a lot of natural light in the room though as it is quite a strong, dark tone it could also make you feel very warm too so if you live in a warm climate you may want to consider a cooler colour.
4. Update your current interior with some Marsala in various tones of light and dark, texture, print in the form of cushions, decorator items or art it’s a brilliant winter colour.
5. Marsala will work well with a contemporary interior as well, add more earthy tones and bring in some white to keep it all light and minimalist.
I would love to hear how you use Marsala in your home, feel free to comment below.
See links below for more uses for Marsala.
Radiant Orchid has been named Pantone’s Colour of 2014. I think this is a fabulous, vibrant, fun yet captivating colour that can definitely be introduced to our interiors. Lets explore some ways to do this.
- Use Radiant Orchid for upholstery on your accent chairs and for scatter cushions.
- Yellow or Gold compliments Radiant Orchid but don’t over do it. Less is more.
- Radiant Orchid walls in the right room could work a treat.
- Not wanting to change your whole interior? Buy some radiant orchid toned flowers to bring your room up to date.
- Play with the varying tones of Radiant Orchid, along with the shades and tints surrounding it using them for for a variety of elements in your room. This will add depth and interest.
- Pair Radiant Orchid with white if you are wanting a subtler look, grey/brown for drama and yellow for a bold effect.
- Finally add some quirk to your room (i.e. an animal coffee table perhaps?) to make it more eye catching and memory making.
I’d love to hear how you use Radiant Orchid, feel free to comment below.
Below are some more ideas of ways to use Radiant Orchid in your home: