Pantone releases its nine homewares palettes for 2013

Global colour authority Pantone has this week released its forecast of nine key colour and design themes for home furnishings and interior design next year – Pantone View Home + Interiors 2013.

Pantone releases its nine homewares palettes for 2013

“To create the magic that ultimately leads to sales in the marketplace, colours for 2013 will need to coax and cajole, soothe or astonish, renew and replenish,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

“At the same time, there will be the consumer’s expectation of practicality – what colours will have staying power and can be relied upon as a steadying influence in unsteady times.”

Pantone calls the first of its palettes Connoisseur, which celebrates the finer things in life while displaying a sense of history and elegance with understated drama. The colours are a compilation of monochromatic violets and orchid pink, mahogany, white and beechnut green, all reflected against champagne beige and silver.

The Glamour palette is sleek and sensuous, reminiscent of the Art Deco era interpreted with contemporary influences. Colours are red, blue, black, chinchilla, grey and teal plus silver and champagne beige.

New Old School adds a twist to a collegiate palette, using hues typically found in flags and banners: red, white, blues, grey and ultramarine. By contrast is Rugged Individuals, using the natural shades of the prairie, polished leather, weathered wood and animal hide, while the earthiness of raw sienna tones blends with vintage indigo and stonewashed blue jeans.

Taking orange and spice tones to a new level, Extracts creates combinations that are zestful, piquant and often unexpected. There is a subtle taste implied in this palette of coral, melon and apple cinnamon, along with dusty pink, baked clay and green banana.

Footprints is a palette that leads down a path to vibrant tribal colours. Along with tangerine are peacock blue, a fiery pink, solar-powered yellow, yellow green and brown.

The Sojourn palette implies a magical journey, using a wine hue, plum and foxglove, along with fuchsia against pampas and moss – and all used with organic shades of cobblestone and shitake.

Visual texture comes into its own in the Surface Treatments palette, putting tactile opposites side by side. Thus it uses the liquid blue and grey colours of sea and air along with shades of fallen rock and birch, combined with a vegetal green, and bronze adds another dimension and patina.

Finally, quirky, odd, whimsical and even a bit obtuse, the Out of the Ordinary palette immediately captures the imagination with blue, pumpkin, chocolate, greens, gold, bright violet and rosebud all part of the creative array.

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