Summer is here with an array of new hues for your home. Frivolous is out. Upbeat and realistic is in. Inspirations come from nature, moving away from bling toward a hopeful future.
Sparkling turquoise and sky-inspired blues lead the delicious minty greens and honey-influenced browns to soft gray and cream. To top off the palette are eggplant, plum and a subtle fuchsia for pop and flavor.
The Color Marketing Group named honey amber as color of the year. It is rich and comforting combining beautifully with fantasy brights, whites and subdued grays.
Revealing the meaning of the summer palette
Color authorities know there are secret meanings in color and that palettes often reflect mass consciousness. So what does this palette say?
Honey amber is comforting, grounded and yet luxurious. It's an honest color that reflects our longing for stability.
Turquoise sky blue is cool yet lively and fun. Blue has many hidden meanings but in this palette it represents optimism, playfulness and desire for safety.
Greens are a cooling natural neutral. Since our hunter-gatherer days this color has meant abundance of resources. It's the color of refuge.
Purple is long known to be impulsive and spiritual. It reflects a desire to disconnect from the hectic everyday world to retreat to solace.
Creams and whites are always cleansing and the reference by which we perceive all color. We want to shake off the gloom of a negative economy and start anew.
Grays form complex foundation neutrals now combined in new ways. Gray says understated elegance and return to thoughtfulness.
This palette says we long for comfort, luxury, stability and a safe refuge. We want to be more thoughtful, and we still, somehow in the midst of all that is happening in the world, want to have fun and be lighthearted.
Some tips to using color in your home
Blue is the complement to orange, which is the underlying color of most wood tones making it a wonderful accent color for rooms that are wood heavy with furniture and hardwood floors.
A warm taupe or beige teamed with blue will induce a feeling of trust and serenity into the environment.
Creams and whites added to sky blue create a sense of fresh openness.
Gray paired with eggplant, plum, amber, blue or cream create understated elegance.
Greens go anywhere.
To update a space doesn't take a huge effort. It can be as simple as painting one accent wall or adding decorative pillows. Wall art, rugs and centerpieces are also good options. If it seems overwhelming, consider that an hour consultation with a design professional can save you money and time.
Zara Stender is a color expert, award-winning designer and the author of several books on design and color. She is a chairholder with the Color Marketing Group, an international nonprofit association of more than 1,000 color designers worldwide whose members forecast color directions for all industries, manufactured products and services. She also serves on the editorial advisory board of STIR magazine, the Sherwin-Williams publication for architects and designers. She often lectures on trends in color and interior design.