Although there’s still plenty of 2015 to look forward to, we’re always keeping our eyes well and truly peeled to see what’s coming next; so we were excited to see what Dulux Colour Futures had in store for the key colour palettes of 2016 and the hotly anticipated announcement of the Colour Of the Year….so here goes!
So what d’ya think? The colour of the year can often spark some controversial reactions, but surely there can be no haters for this unassuming tone? This muted golden-ochre (when it comes to the collections of colour palettes, muted was the word du jour by the way), blends beautifully with these earthy, fossil tones yet adds enough of a statement to say look at me!
And works as a soft contrast to strong colours such as charcoal and dark chocolate brown.
We were invited to find out more about the 2016 colour trends and it was fascinating to find out where it all begins. An international super group of design gurus gather from various fields; such as graphic design, architecture, textiles, product design to muse over global social and design trends. Starting with an inspiring visit to a national gallery and ending in a book of stunning images of the AkzoNobel Colour Futures.
Rebecca Williamson, Senior Colour Design & Content Manager at Dulux, explains a little more about how the colour of the year was finalised:
‘Gold and tones of gold are being used everywhere in the design world. It is a recurring colour and material at design fairs and in graphic design as well as in architecture, fashion, beauty and interior decorating. For 2016 Cherished Gold is a beautiful next step, a natural evolution and transition from Copper Blush, last years’ Colour of the Year.
Top: Cherished Gold 20YY 36/270; Middle stipe: 30YY 41/700; Bottom: 45YY 53/151
We will be bringing you more of the trends 4 trends, but the overarching theme for 2016 ‘Looking Both Ways’, not to get all philosophical on you, but as they quite rightly explain, society is at a crossroads where we’re embracing technology and the future, but there’s no going forward without looking at the past and our heritage.
Showcased at the presentation were Made, Mockbee & Co and Kit Miles working in collaboration with Dulux to create new projects (below) sparked by this golden tone and the colour palette surrounding it:
1. Sea Lace wallpaper, £130 per roll, designed by Sara Phillips for Mockbee & Co; 2. Diagonal Gradient, design by Kit Miles; 3. Stow collection, from £199, Made.com
And of course the emails are already coming in thick and fast with “Cherished Gold” suggestions, here’s a few of my faves, I’m not sure they strictly fit the brief, but I think we can say they belong to the gold/ochre family!
1. Multiblock Cushion in Mustard Yellow, £49.95, Bronte by Moon; 2. Diner pendant, £825, Davey Lighting; 3. Tee Pee basket, £59, Oli Ella; 4. Nixon rug, from £795, Jonathan Adler; 5. Goldie armchair in Mustard, £600, Sofa.com; 6. Feather Fern large drum lampshade, £129, Clarissa Hulse.
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