It is debatable whether or not pigs have wings or the sea is boiling hot… depending upon how you define “is”…which, if you are open to interpretation, pretty much makes it subjective rather than factual…
In my personal opinion, some things are logically better left to the objective rule…but when it comes to interior design I do appreciate a subjective interpretation when it comes to trends…
“Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing-wax -- Of cabbages -- and kings –“
The following are a compilation of predicted color trends for 2010 that I like to think of it as a jumping off
point for one’s own creative interpretations… question is “how much of it will merely be a reflection of the looking glass and how much will lead to an original interpretation?” …Or “… whether pigs have wings.”?
This has been declared (officially or otherwise) as “the” color of the year… so if you get lost down the rabbit hole and want to find your way to “in”… well…go for it!
There is no mystery as to how some colors become more familiar than others during a season, but are rather the responsibility of a variety of color trend groups that come together for a major group think tank after making their own selections and predictions. These predictions, are showcased at Heimtextil, the biggest international trade fair for home and contract textiles and the global benchmark for quality design textiles of innovative functionality. As the first trade fair of the year, Heimtextil, which is held on four fair days in January, is a platform for manufacturers, retailers and designers.
Even though many manufacturers will have their own “words” to interpret the trend styles, there will be an obvious similarity from group to group...for instance, Sherwin-Williams Design Trends for 2010 are grouped into four palettes: Rooted, Treasured, Simplified and Refreshed.
Designers will be rediscovering the past for inspiration in the near future, according to Sherwin-Williams' "Colormix 2010 Color Forecast." The paint company identified four burgeoning trends in a Webinar late last week.
The first, "Rooted," embodies the rich, earthy colors associated with African, Aboriginal, and Native American cultures. Jackie Jordan, the director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, says inspiration comes from members of Ethiopian tribes who paint their bodies with green and red pigments sourced from volcanic ash, as well as weeds, grasses, and shells. The deep teal and ash gray of African wildlife and landscapes, as well as the bright designs of the locals' textiles and beads, also serves a launching point for new designs.
The second trend, "Simplified," involves well-tailored lines and clear, translucent materials that reveal shape and structure.
"Treasured" is the third trend, where natural aging and weathering enhance the design.
"Refreshed," the fourth trend, is an aesthetic of bright, energized floral colors that evoke optimism and exuberance. She emphasized the "flower power" of 1960s vintage, with a hippie spirit making a return. Lemonade yellow, crisp green, and vivacious violet are among the colors that play into this theme.
(perhaps a tea party ... or simple game of lawn chess is in order...)
The most sophisticated collection guide that I have come across in my research is from Lenzing Fiber, a German company that is innovative in fiber technology. The following images are from their website which they have grouped into three color palettes as a
direction for textiles:Sartorial.....
What I hope to see are spaces that stand out from the crowd because of their creative mix... which I believe is the real direction of interiors for 2010. There will certainly be trends that become predictable, but I think styles that stand out will become a lot more difficult to duplicate because of their originality ...or am I just lost in wonderland?...