Overall, the forecast for 2011-2012 from The Color Association of the United States (CAUS) is both classic and contemporary, offering a wide range of hues between the very pale and the very deep.
A slight shift toward cooler hues is noticeable. Turquoise, teal and peacock are added as green moves toward blue. Blues to watch: steely blues, Olympian blues, old school blues. Bursts of color will show up, with hues gathered from flower gardens, berry patches and fruit trees. Leafy greens compliment this escalating family of pinks and apricots.
Finally, mellow vintage hues connect us to the past. These colors are faded, washed, weathered, or may suggest photo-tints.
The four main color categories are neutrals, pastels, naturals and brights:
The neutrals dominate and range from chalky whites to charred deeps; elegant taupes, soft greiges, military khakis and varietal grays top this list.
Graceful pastels are resurfacing. Ice cream colors come from the spring runway: creams, iced-mocha, delicious pinks, pistachio and lavender.
Blushed make-up hues and soft skin tones may appear clear, clean or icy– or veiled, dusty or milky.
The “natural” emphasis today is on raw materials and organic substances: earthy tones, metallic colors and finishes; hues from pebbles, shells and rocks; and textures from grasses and woods. These colors appear rich, aged, unrefined or gritty. Natural dye colors continue to be popular. A group from the naturals also represents the “new luxury,” i.e. fine leathers, linen, raw silk, feathers, cashmere, etc.
Colorful brights add exuberance. Sultry, bazaar reds and violets vie for attention with exotic golds and electric blues. Rays of yellow and orange sunshine provide energy for the palette. This renewed thirst for bolder colors is most likely in response to a palette that had become a bit too somber – you can’t keep a hot color down! Our color preferences usually shift with the times. Today we are experiencing a faster turnover as “IN” and “NOW” colors are quickly embraced. This will be a period of “anything goes.” Take your pick – express yourself and enjoy your personalized world of color!
Article: Courtesy of RT Marketing Inc.