COLOUR INSPIRATION by guest blogger Katie Turton

We’re delighted to be able to share Katie Turton’s most recent colour and material experiments with you.  Katie’s work will be particularly fascinating and inspiring if you work in any capacity with colour for Interiors or Fashion; you are in the paint industry; you are a pastry chef or chocolatier; you have a passion for make-up. So get ready for a visual treat that is sure to motivate you to be more experimental with materials, textures, product styling, photography and colour.

“My motivation for this project was to explore my passion for photography in combination with my interest in trends by forming evocative trend imagery. I used my photography skills to capture unique compositions exploring the different contrasts of chosen materials, as well as producing innovative surfaces and intriguing imagery.”

“This project also allowed me the opportunity to experiment with new materials and examine how they interacted with each other.  I centred my imagery on the word ‘Contrast’ and this was used as my core inspiration. I probed the concept of different states of matter – liquid, powder and solid – and how these states would impact one another.”

“I gathered a range of materials; collected rocks, makeup and paint in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours, as well as wallpaper samples to use for backgrounds. I purposely used a limited selection of materials because I wanted to test how much I could achieve from such a small selection and investigate the properties of each material more widely.”

“I mainly work on instinct when taking photographs – that’s how I feel I work best.  After some experimentation, I chose to dive straight in and start taking photos. I tried lots of different positions for the objects and when I felt like they were in the right place and relating to each other well, I began to freely add paint and powders over the top. I built up layers of makeup, paint and stones and photographed these compositions from a range of angles.”

“I reused objects from each photo multiple times, which resulted in additional texture and layers of colour.  Working on intuition and impulse was a huge part of my process and it makes my work unique and dynamic. I find that trusting myself – my decision-making and my senses – contributes to the success of my material compositions and imagery.”

“Colour is my favourite thing to experiment with. For this project, I wanted to use a more muted palette than I would normally generate.”

“In a sketchbook I tested combinations of colour chips and tested proportions thoroughly before I formed the one I loved. I feel that colour is so important to get right and the right colour palette can really lift a project or product.”

Thanks again to Katie Turton for allowing us to share her inspirational colour & material work.  To keep up-to-date with Katie’s stunning photography, colour & material experiments and pattern work you can follow her Instagram feed. You can also connect with her on LinkedIn. Katie is in her 3rd year at Birmingham City University studying Textile Design and has a keen interest in Trend Forecasting.  You can get in touch to offer her projects, sponsorship or a job via: kturton12@hotmail.co.uk

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2018 Design Trends for Interiors – Full Color & Style Detail

This Color report includes the 4 key Design Trends presented at Decor + Design 2017; Melbourne Australia.

The book includes a brief explanation of each of the trends, the Scarlet Opus Trend Boards illustrating each trend’s interior style and also the Pantone referenced color palettes for each trend story.

Winter Desert, Tribe, Urban Planet and Roots.

A great way to help guide the design and marketing of your product in line with future trends. It is an inspirational document that outlines key themes and important color palettes for interiors moving forward in 2018. Inspiring guidance for everything interiors including retail merchandising, product sourcing, stationery, furniture, decor, tabletop, kitchen design, and much more.

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10 Key Colors of 2017 for Interiors and ….

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From warm, soothing spice shades to striking, bold hues, this year we see an intriguing mix of colors that are reminiscent of the natural world as well as powerful expressions of intense brights.

We have selected 10 key Pantone Referenced colors from all of the color palettes in our 2017 trends, to provide you with an edited down version helping you to make those color decisions on behalf of your clients, throughout the year. These 10 essential hues will be significant within the world of interiors, stationery, cars and much more; influencing the direction of marketing and retail sectors.

PLEASE NOTE: This e-booklet will be available for you to download immediately your purchase is made. We do not mail it afterwards. Watch for the link 🙂

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Top Ten Colors for 2016

To kick off our blog postings this year, we are sharing our Top Ten Colors for 2016. These essential colors are taken from our Spring/Summer 2016 and Fall/Winter 2016/17 palettes and are those set to make the biggest impact throughout the year. These range from bold, earth shades to dusty mid-toned hues, each swatch is designed to be worked into your own palette (not together) and are placed in no specific order. So for all designers, manufacturers and retailers; here is your chance to get ahead with the up and coming colors for interiors in 2016!

Indigo Blue1. Indigo Blue –  Indigo make its presence felt throughout 2016, trending across both fashion and interiors. It is deep, mysterious yet stylish and sophisticated. Indigo is at its most striking and sumptuous alongside rich shades of wine, teal, warm metals, grays, dark wood tones and off white. This color longs for unconventional pairings to emphasis the unexpectedness of how it can be used within an interior.

COBALT BLUE2. Cobalt Blue – This color works in both contrasting and complimentary ways, it can be paired with a True Red for a bold, contemporary union, or combined with a crisp white for a more radiant effect. When paired with the Indigo blue and Mint green it suggests a more tonal, pleasing mixture. This color can be used both as an accent and a mono solid, where it’s unique, fresh vibrancy makes this a popular choice for 2016.

LUNAR GRAY3. Lunar Gray – An extended palette of muted gray’s play a leading role as an important hue for this year. Taken from a trend that places focus on privacy, time and experience; this color works alongside refined neutrals to portray elegance and timeless fashions. Seen in a matte finish with tone on tone neutrals that are beautiful in their simplicity. This color remains important as the endurance of the new industrial style continues to strengthen.

MAUVE4. Dusky Mauve – This soft, hazy hue is injected with a gray tone and portrays a poetic authenticity. This dulled, balanced pastel can be combined with moody tinted grays and muted Corals and Pinks with a chalky, powder-coated finish. Dusky Mauve provides a delicate harmony, it is quiet, subdued and projects a sense of well-being.

MUTED CORAL

5. Muted Coral – We saw 2015 fashions embrace the Coral Shrimp as both a solid and accent color. Going forward, we will see this shade diffuse to be more restrained and low-key. It sits within a palette that suggests honesty and long-lived values – it is warm, sophisticated, all-encompassing and works together with mid-toned grays, Mint Green and Dusky Mauve. This is a color that projects a sun-kissed, fresh outlook and will move forward into 2017.

MINT GREEN

6. Mint Green – This color adds a fresh, contemporary sharpness when used as an accent within a palette. It almost glows when paired against deeper shades. Not only does it portray a pop of optimism and expresses a desire to be more adventurous, but it also encourages unconventional pairings, inspiring a confident use of color. Ombrés, color washes and graduations are the dominant effects when using this tone.POP PINK

7. Pop Pink – This soda pink has a chalky, matte finish and maintains a New Retro feel. It is taken from a trend named ‘PLAY’ which embraces unexpected color and material combinations; a controlled chaos within urban lifestyles. Pop Pink has no sweetness and extends beyond feminine associations to emerge as a bold, graphic and modern design direction. It works best in a palette where Black is a dominant color and is most fascinating when pared with playful interactions of texture, pattern and shape.

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8. Purple Iris – In contrast to the more vibrant tones of 2016, we will also celebrate the mystery and beauty of dark, dusky shades. The deep heather based tones add a level of sophistication and warmth to our 2016 palette. It radiates a jeweled opulence, and combines with warm brass metallic shades to inspire a dramatic, luxurious vibe. Yet it also feels familiar and comforting when combined with heritage fabrics and traditional patterned textiles; blurring the boundaries between modern and time-honored fashions.

MARS ROCK

9. Mars Rock – This grounded color is taken from our Astro Trend, which is inspired by the grittiness and raw textures of planetary surfaces. Once again we call on nature to inspire, this time in the form of its cracked, rock-like textures and rich crystallized forms. This baked earth tone brings a sophisticated essence into interiors and can be used alongside deep reds, terracotta and space-aged metallic’s to emphasis it’s evolutionary path.

TRUE RED

10. True Red – Moving on from the Primal Red seen in 2015, this year True Red evolves to a softer tone. It balances out the intensity of some of the more vivid color contrasts when paired with tonal shades. This color is an essential hue in 2016 as it portrays an artisanal, handcrafted aesthetic where craftsmanship is valued and the beauty of ‘basic’ is admired.

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Trendbook Offer: Visually Stunning 2015 Design Trends – Interiors

2015 Design Trendbook for Everything Interiors  

For a special price of just £60 you can get all the inspiration you’ll need to support your creativity this year. Purchase our 2015 Design Trends report.

This 75 page document includes 4 different design trends applicable to anything ‘interiors’ and outlines our background research including fashion and architecture, as well as a guide to material, shape, pattern, texture, and surface effects. Each trend includes a colour palette with Pantone Fashion + Home and Formula Guide Coated/Uncoated references. A perfect source of inspiration for product designers, marketing teams, interior designers, retailers for merchandising and window dressing – absolutely perfect. See the wealth of visually stunning inspiration below:

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