Colours for 2019

by Ofentse Sefolo
Colours for 2019

Colour influences every part of our lives – from interior design and construction to fashion, décor and art. Each year, a number of paint brands launch their much-anticipated “Colour of the Year” and everyone from trend forecasters to experts in the field list what they believe the top colours will be. Here’s a look at the colours that will dominate 2019:

Living coral – a vibrant, yet mellow shade
Late in 2018, the colour experts at the Pantone Color Institute announced their Colour of the Year to be Living Coral. Last year’s colour was Ultra Violet, but this year’s colour is described as “vibrant, yet mellow” and “life-affirming”. Here is what Pantone has to say about the shade:

“In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.”

Pantone’s colour experts comb the world looking for new colour influences each year and their selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. Living Coral is the 19th Colour of The Year that Pantone has announced and it is the first time that this type of peachy orange with a golden undertone has been selected. Contrary to popular belief, the Pantone Colour of the Year isn’t a trend forecast; it is a reflection of what’s taking place (like a colour snapshot that shows what is happening in contemporary culture).

Laurie Pressman, vice president of Pantone’s colour consulting unit, says the overriding influence for this year’s colour is the environment. “Top of mind was the arresting beauty we see in nature and the importance of preserving the environment. Think of coral reefs. They provide shelter and sustenance to marine life and here we are watching them disappear,” Laurie told Quartz.

Laurie was particularly struck by the iPhone XR’s coral variant. “Here’s a company at the pinnacle of technology taking a colour from nature. Are we fusing nature and technology? Or are they taking a colour that could be construed as retro and introducing it in modern equipment? It is just so fascinating.”

For interior designs elements, the colour can be mixed with neon and black or tropical colours instead of pastels and neutrals.

Spiced honey
Dulux’s Colour of the Year 2019 is called “spiced honey” and it is a warm, inviting shade of amber mixed with rich caramel. The versatile shade signals positivity, purpose and transformation. The company developed the colour of the year with several themed matching palettes as part of their ColourFutures trend forecast.

“2018 was an unsettling and unpredictable time,” says the Dulux spokesperson. “We were overwhelmed by a deluge of news, choices and demands upon our time, causing us to close up and retreat into spaces where we feel safe and cocooned. We pressed pause and took time to regroup.”

Heleen van Gent, head of the Global Aesthetic Centre, who chairs the ColourFutures panel each year, comments: “Every year, we seek to transform a trend into a colour that responds to consumer needs and brings a mood that affects their lives, into their homes. As we move forward into 2019, we find this pause has given people time to re-energise and deal with the sense of unpredictability with positive action, optimism and purpose. In 2019, as a society, we want to reach out, engage with our communities, make things better and ‘be the change’ – anything from supporting charities to small acts of neighbourly kindness. It’s time to act and spiced honey enables transformation, inspiring a positive, emotional change.”

Neutrals to revive your spaces
Each year, Plascon chooses four themes that express the key trends in the world of colour as well as one colour that captures the overall mood for the year. 2019’s colours haven’t been revealed, but the 2018 colours that were made public in August last year include the following:
Neutral of the Year – An earthy, yellow-tinted hue called Amadeus.

“The overall feeling in design at the moment is that the world is in flux, and the current colour trends are often about bringing together eclectic influences to create something new. The Colour Team picked this neutral because it balances out this tendency and brings the grounding energy that holds a more diverse palette together,” said the Plascon spokesperson.

The type of floor you have specified will also dictate the colours that you use in 2019. Some of the trends in concrete flooring, for example, include acid staining, textured finishes, stamped overlays and metallic finishes, whereas carpets are being laid in grey tones, blues and shades of pink and purple. Keep an eye on our website for upcoming colour trends in different flooring types.

Specialised tip: Colour influences every part of our lives – from interior design and construction to fashion, décor and art

Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to www.boingboing.net, www.qz.com, www.gq-magazine.co.uk, www.housebeautiful.com, www.iol.com, www.dulux.com, www.plascon.com and www.pantone.com for some of the information required to write this article.

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