Pantone’s 2018 Color Trend Forecast for Interior Design

Pantone’s 2018 Color Trend Forecast for Interior Design

Pantone’s 2018 forecast for interior design color trends was presented by Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director for Pantone Color Institute, at the International Home + Housewares Show. Eiseman researches the art industry, fashion, movies, television, architecture, consumer goods and more across the globe and determines what is trending and what is not.

Some of the trends Eiseman mentioned are: the use of letters and words as a design element, the use of triangles in relation to contemporary and retro design themes, dimensional diamonds, wood treatments, and fringe. With regard to colors, Eiseman said metallics are classic “but they have really moved over into neutrals.” She also mentioned a continuation interest in iridescent colors. “The human eye can absolutely not avoid” anything iridescent, pearlized or translucent,” she added.

Eisemen noted a movement from the popularity of pastel colors in the last few years to stronger and more exotic colors. “Intense colors seem to be a natural application of our intense lifestyles and thought processes these days,” she said.

During the International Home + Housewares Show, Eiseman also unveiled the eight color groupings of the 2018 Pantone View Home + Interiors palettes. The groupings are as follows:

Verdure – The colors in this group mirror colors found in plants, vegetables and nature, such as Celery and Foliage combined with berry-infused purples and an eggshell blue. “This palette is so symbolic of health,” said Eiseman, “but it updates the profusion of greens with some bright and contrasting hues.”

Resourceful – Complementary colors on the color wheel, such as oranges and blues, are combined in this palette. “This is quite an interesting color combination,” said Eiseman. “It combines warm and cool tones that you just can’t avoid looking at.”

Playful – This palette is whimsical and quirky. The colors are “bright-hearted more than light-hearted” with names such Minion Yellow, Lime Popsicle, Green Flash and Skydiver.

Discretion – This palette features hues such as Elderberry, Burnished Lilac and Hawthorne Rose combined with strengthening tones. “Pink has developed more power than ever before,” said Eiseman.

Far-fetched – This palette blends three popular rosy tones with Iced Coffee and Ruby Wine, as well as a few earthy tones, such as Cornsilk yellow.

Intricacy – This palette reflects the popularity of intricate designs. It features the metallics, with Holly Berry Red and yellow Sulfur for drama.

Intensity – This palette conveys “a certain strength, power, depth and sophistication,” said Eiseman. Various shades of plum, blue and blue-green matched with the brightness of orange Emberglow, Molten Lava and Bossa Nova. Golds and black complete the palette.

TECH-nique – In a nod to the proliferation of technology, this palette features hues “that seem to shine from within.” Colors include a vibrant blue, green, fuchsia and purple, along with iridescent peacock tones in both turquoise and hot pink, which are offset by Brilliant White and Frosted Almond.

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