Pantone: What next?

November 7, 2015

An annual announcement, Pantone will imminently be shouting about their ‘Colour of the Year 2016.’ Filtering through interior design, permeating fashion and cropping up here there and everywhere, folklore dictates that the chosen colour will ripple through global trends. But does it really?

Colours of the year

I’ll be quite frank, last year’s selection was a disappointment. Marsala, a murky purple, brown tinted rusty red, doesn’t seem to have dictated the over-arching hue of our everyday lives, and personally I’m quite relieved. Russet tones have cropped up in winter wardrobes over the last month, but I don’t think it’s much more prevalent than previous years and most likely just part and parcel of an autumnal palette.

When the colour was announced I immediately questioned whether we were quite ready to paint our homes in such a bold base colour. Let’s face it we’re still suffering from the terracotta hangover from years gone by…

The ‘Modern’ interpretation of interior design embraces light and airy, tolerating a splash of token colour as an accent. Never as murky as Marsala, we aim to accentuate with colours which make us feel good, pretty pastels for optimism or bright primary colours to make a bold statement.

So what would Pantone’s last colour of the year say to you? I couldn’t help but smile browsing through Don’t Cramps My Style reading Anna’s Marsala blog post, where she compares the colour to an older woman’s wardrobe, and I quite agree. To me, it seems aging rather than vibrant and exciting, a little bit dusty rather than a breath of fresh air.

One thing is for sure, I couldn’t like the new colour any less, so with a new announcement on the horizon what am I hoping for?

I’m not against dark colours, and I’d welcome an inky indigo with open arms. It’s no secret that copper will continue to be a huge trend for 2016, and the contrast between the warm metal and a beautiful rich navy is the perfect way to evoke high-end luxury as Rowen and Wren have in the picture below. If we’re ready to abandon neutral colours for something a bit more seductive then this black & blue partnership will surely be leading the way and holding our hand throughout the transition.

Rose & Wren

For those keen to cling onto something a little less of a statement a pale sage green is the perfect alternative to the more mainstream duck egg blue. A whisper rather than a fanfare, this shade has slowly been winning votes and will surely be a frontrunner for the next twelve months. Easily integrated into an interior design scheme, sage green is a happy partner for many a shade.

sage green

Laura Ashley: Sage Paint | Owl Storage Jar | Tea Towels | Wall Clock | Drawer Pulls
Loaf: Hammam Towels

What the hell, why not combine the two as Farrow and Ball have? I’m not afraid to admit it, I’m a little bit in love with their new Feather Grass design.

feathergrass wallpaper

Whatever shade becomes Pantone’s colour of the year 2016, its safe to say it will immediately be scrutinised, with its pedigree the subject of much debate. So fingers crossed and bye bye Marsala, it’s been nice knowing you but somehow I don’t think you’ll be missed!
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