At the spring High Point Market I was fortunate to hear Michelle Lamb speak on colors we will see in 2015 and 2016. Michelle travels around the world spotting color and design trends for the home furnishings industry. She shares her insights in the “The Trend Curve” magazine.
Green: Green will now advance and start challenging blue in popularity. The majority of greens will be in the warm palette, which means with a yellow undertone. Here we can think of an updated 1970s look that is not too citrusy. It will be more of a moss green that is cooler or less bold than a mint and softer than olive. Hunter green also re-emerges as a status color.
Blue: Blues will appear in warm, light tones such as turquoise and sapphire. Pictured above is one of the new blues used on the outside of Century’s Chinese credenza by Oscar de la Renta. Using a console such as this in a dining room not only adds interest but prevents the room from having too much wood in the floor and in furniture.
Red: Red will appear in dull versions, not the past bright reds we saw. Use of natural vegetable dyes gives the color a more natural look. Also pink will appearing more often and by the end of the year, warm pink becomes a pink fashion leader.
Orange: Orange will pull back a bit in popularity this year but re-emerge next year as terra cotta. It will be paired with white to give a fresh earthy look to the color palette.
Yellows: Yellows have been out of popularity for a while. You will begin to see yellow again in 2016 in shades of ambers and ocres.
Taupe: We have been using gray for some time now as our neutral color. Gray will now retreat in popularity and begin being replaced by taupe.
Gold: For so long big metal colors were polished chrome, chrome and silver. However in 2015 we see gold re-emerging in a new fresh and warm shade. Gold will be mixed with brass, seen in gold leaf and also mixed with other metals. Silver shades will again take a seat back and the silver you see will have a dull finish. Pictured is an occasional table for the Jamie Drake for Theodore Alexander Collection. The finish on the table is polished brass that shows the new directions for golds.
Black: Black shades will emerge in matte black finish that appears in a wider range of furniture pieces than we have seen in the past.
Teal Michel ASID, is a licensed full-service interior design firm specializing in residential interior design and renovation-remodeling design throughout the Carolinas. Teal has won awards from ASID for interior spaces and furniture design and from the Home Builder’s Association of Charlotte Excellence in Remodeling for remodel design and interior renovation. She has participated in HGTV’s “Designer’s Challenge” and her work has been featured in several books. www.tealmichelasid.com. Read her past columns on DavidsonNews.net.