NCS Colour has released the colour trends for next year, which are a bold mix between rebellious, subtle luxury and togetherness. For the last few years, the world has focused on Europe, the USA, the Middle East and China when determining the drivers of colour trends, but a whole continent has started to rise in importance – Africa.

The colour trends for 2018 are a reaction to the trend drivers of today. Designers can expect a rebellion in the shape of vivid yellows, reds and blue accompanied by black. Discreet details in silver and gold as well as the rawness of cold concrete that transforms to marble, embodies the need for escape that has shifted into togetherness and the collective.

Colour Trends 2018 is created by NCS Colour in collaboration with colour trend forecasters Justine Fox from Material Colour and Laura Perryman from Colour of Saying. Here’s an overview of the top colour trends for next year:

New Africa
An earthy shimmering mix of colour that reflects success, luxury and wealth. The colours of the new Africa are not a traditional African colour palette influenced by its natural resources, but the reflections of a heritage of success, luxury and wealth – in an African way. Mixing earthy shimmering hues reaching from dark reds, greens and dull oranges to bamboo-influenced colours, creating a tranquil palette – full of life.

Luxurious minimalism
Subtle luxury created by stone effects, metallic finishes and details in silver and gold. Luxurious minimalism is not minimalism of simplicity, it is all about the details – adding luxury in a subtle way with details of marble and stone effects, gold, silver and metallic finishes. The colour palette for this trend is an interesting mix of cool greys and blue, along with warmer hues in copper and gold.

Urban pride
Dramatic colours of fire and smoke symbolising a movement of hope, pride and creativity. Urban pride is all about the roughness and love for our concrete, graffiti stained cities, where creativity has grown larger than ever. This trend symbolises a revolution of creativity and of colour, creating an explosion of bright yellow, red and blue together with darker hues of black and brown.

High-tech flower power
High-tech flower power is all about togetherness, an earthy mix of green and purple symbolising eco-friendly urban living. Tech-solutions have created a bridge between people and cultures, tearing down the walls between us and turning the anonymity of urban life into a collective movement. This trend celebrates just that with its earthy green and brown hues mixed with warm purple and raw metals and material.

For more information, contact NCS Colour on +27 (11) 486 3190 or via www.ncscolour.co.za.