I’ve often wondered who determines the difference between good styling and bad styling. Who’s making up the rules, anyway? Why is one thing considered classy, while another might be tacky? I thought I’d review one important decorating decision and drill down a little deeper to see if I could learn more about how styles come about. In this case I’m referring to the choice of color.
Which color is right for your project? At first this choice seems completely subjective. There is what seems like an endless number of colors from which to choose when decorating. However, color styles change from year to year, and I believe it is one of the most identifiable characteristics of a certain year, decade or perhaps era. Someone with a discerning eye can often take one look at a room and tell when it was last remodeled or decorated.
It seems that for several recent years the popular colors have been more subdued, and less bold. Often I hear the term, neutral, which I understand to mean that the color will match with many other decorating choices, whether that means other colors, textures, fabrics, furniture or something else. That could be changing, but again, who decides?
For more than 50 years, one big influence on trending colors has been the Pantone color corporation. To help me understand what the Pantone company does and its influence on color I asked for some help from Liz Hause, of Liz Hause Interior Design. Here’s what Liz had to say:
“According to the Pantone Color Institute; Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.
The Pantone color of the year selection process is quite involved. A panel of experts extensively researches new world trends in art, design, landscape and film to name a few. The process reveals an emerging colorway.
Although designers await the 2017 selection, the 2016 colors were Pantone 15-3919 – Serenity and Pantone 13-1520 – Rose Quartz. These colors work well for interior textiles, paint choices and decorative accessories as they have a calming approach.
I predict the 2017 selection(s) will be bolder. There’s an energy in the world right now with regard to individuality, and statements are being made in design. The so-called rules are being broken, and the new neutrals aren’t beige anymore. “
You heard it here. Be bold with your color choices this year.
Thank you, Liz Hause, for helping us understand the magic of color.