Merging the “Color of the Year” Colors Together

Every year Pantone chooses a list of colors which sets the trend for fashion, interiors, and merchandising.  With this in mind, we tend to see that everything around us in fashion and design is geared toward the particular chosen colors.  For some, this is great because it allows them to update their look and refresh their lifestyle.  For others, it seems to be a little wasteful  to try and update their style every year with a certain color combination.   By reviewing the  colors over the past few years you can see how the color trends have merged together thus making it easier and less expensive to remain current in your home design.

2011 Pink Chairs with 2013 Emerald interior space

2011 Pink Chairs with 2013 Emerald interior space

For the past three years (2011,2012,2013) the three “colors of year” were honey suckle pink, tango tangerine, and Emerald.  The balance of the color has remained on a even keel, allowing the designer to keep some of the favorite pieces of the past years and adding a touch of new items for the next year to keep current.  Updating the look doesn’t have to be a total makeover, but just an enhancement in trendsetting.

2011Pink and 2012 Orange Interior Colors

2011 Pink and 2012 Orange Interior Colors

Recently I have notice the trend of pink and orange merging in interior spaces once again.  As someone in the industry, I have seen this look for three years, but currently notice that it is one of the latest trends for the average consumer. This is a great thing because it allows those individuals who keep up with statement interior spaces to re-use some older pieces but enhance with fun pillows that incorporate this years color of the year, emerald.

2013 Emerald Green with 2012 orange interior space

2013 Emerald Green with 2012 Orange interior space

The original idea to merge these two colors together seems to have been inspired by the natural colors on the horizon line at dusk.  Any or all of these colors can be a great way to stretch your design budget by incorporating older items longer and re-using some of your favorite pieces.  Your interior space will stay trendy as long as you find unique ways to incorporate your older items with your newer pieces.  One of the key details to interior designing is finding statement furniture, such as older, vintage items which have a sentimental value or great ornate qualities to them.  By reupholstering them or re-vamping the stain or paint color, you can create a new life for most items, regardless if its a armoire, chair, or sofa. You can also keep your space current by adding just small touches of the current colors with pillows, ottomans, small benches and slipcovers. By being creative with your older pieces and investing in smaller new pieces it is easy to keep current and stay trendy without a huge investment!

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Written by: Erica Guajardo

Edited by: Linda Decuir


Understanding Color, and Learning New Color Combinations!

Color is a very influential part of our lives because it surrounds us everywhere everyday. It has been broken down to a science in order to understand how it  influences us on a daily basis.  Some of the greatest artists of all time have put great effort into understanding this science and how it will make their compositions stronger.  Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin are two artists of the twentieth-century who are known for their notorious vibrant color choices.  When they were creating their iconic works of art the color choices that they were using were unlike any others, which gave their images much bolder statements than the other artists of the time.

The Dessert Harmony by Henri Matisse
Oil on Canvas
Part of the Impressionism Movement
Permanent Collection of the Hermitage Museum

Under the Pandanus Tree by Paul Gauguin
Oil on Canvas
Cloisonnism during his 1st Tahiti Period
Dallas Museum of Art

During the time that these two artists were creating their masterpieces, another man by the name of Albert H. Munsell began giving logic to color.  He was known for creating the Munsell Color Tree, which in reality was the first color wheel.  This was a three-dimensional color wheel, which was divided by hue, value (lightness), and chroma (color purity). He would “show gradation in saturation horizontally without changing value, which was represented along the vertical axis.” (Fisher,21)  Although he was not the only one to create a way of making sense to color, he was the first to invent the logic behind color theory.

The Munsell Color Tree

In the 21st Century we now have companies like Pantone which have created a color matching system to ensure that you get the exact color that you want every time.  It allows brands and labels to have consistency in their color choices when it comes to logos.  The way the system works is that each year Pantone will introduce the current colors of the year. Some stay for multiple years and some get discontinued.  As soon as the color is announced fashion and interior design trends emerge continuously creating new color combinations and “Colors of the Year”.

2014 color of the year

2014 color of the year

2014 Colors of the Year

2014 Colors of the Year

Click this to find out more about Home and Fashion Products from Pantone

So why is it important for me to know about color?

Believe it or not, every time you walk into a clothing store you are surrounded by products that merchandisers have picked for that season.  The colors that they choose are based off of the fashion colors of the year which are related to color theory.  In the beginning of the year, I remember entering  the mall and in every window, throughout the stores and  at the front of the check out counter in a retail store you saw ” Radiant Orchid”.  If you thought that this was by coincidence, you were fooled!  This is the color of the year and they were trying to force the consumer into purchasing their products.  There are studies that show while waiting in line to check out , you will pick up at least one extra “unnecessary” item because it’s there.  This is a suggestive selling technique that is used by most merchandisers.  This is why they will put small accessories toward the register because you are more likely to pick up that small item and purchase it just because it is just a couple of dollars extra added to your over all bill.   Just like when you are in a grocery store and the line stops at the candy isle, you want that candy…But will you take it?  That’s the choice that you will have to make! So it is the same  with color. Designers in both fashion and design emphasize the chosen color of the season and retailers display the color throughout their stores to encourage you to buy, buy, buy!

Color is everywhere you turn, influencing our daily lives even when you don’t expect it.  Research has shown that just walking into a room of a certain color can influence your mood. Bright, bold colors like oranges, bright yellows and red can give you energy and make you more excited and invigorated. Softer colors such as soft greens and blues can calm you down, help you relax and make you feel more peaceful.  There are many studies that show there is a relationship to color of your bedroom and sleep. When designing a room it is always good to use colors that will help you express the mood of the room you are trying to create. Some new color combinations to look out for in the interior design world as well as the fashion world are listed below:

Orange and Teal Combination Interior

Orange and Teal Combination Interior

Radiant Orchid Room Color Scheme

Radiant Orchid Room Color Scheme

As designers we see that color palettes tends to emerge in waves of patterns.  Although we are seeing that 2014 color combinations are a blend of muted tones infused with bright punches of colors, 2013 tones will be less saturated.  The predicted color combinations will be very muted in tone and will start to reflect back to earthy colors and joule tone inspired combinations.  To learn more about what is coming up, check out this fantastic analysis of color brought to you by Casasugar.

At Fabrics and Frames we have access to fabrics of every color and design that you could possibly want. We can help you create a space that will reflect your own personality and atmosphere that you want for your home by choosing the right colors and patterns in your furniture pieces as well as making suggestions on wall and floor colors if needed. For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

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Written By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir

Color Research provided by: Color by Paul J Zelanski and Mary Pat Fisher ( visit to purchase your copy)

How Does the Pantone Color of the Season Affect the Design Industry?

How does the Pantone color affect the design industry?

What does the Pantone color system mean? The Pantone Color Matching System is largely a standardized color reproduction system that changes yearly. By standardizing the colors, many manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system to make sure their colors match without direct contact with one another. Using the Pantone system is the standard for the design industry.

Each year the company Pantone, comes out with an array of colours, that will be most trendy for each season.  The colour of the year, is usually picked depending on the mood of the social, economic, and cultural standards.  Although there are other considerations that may be involved with choosing the color of the year.  These standards will sway the judge’s decision.

Last year, Spring 2011, the “Color of the Year” was Honeysuckle:

The question is… What color is the “Color of the Year” for 2012?

Over the summer of 2011, we learned that “Ice Cream Colors” were going to be real trendy for 2011…”Ice Cream Colors” consisted of vibrant, intense colors that varied from cool colors to warm colors.  Some examples of these tones are viewed below.

Many fabric designers put out lines that consisted of these colors this year.  Some examples were Duralee’s Line of Fabrics by designer  Eileen Kathryn Boyd, Kravet’s Weaves Collection, which featured books such as Sorbet, and Greehouse Fabrics put out a book called Eclectic Essentials, which feature some of the trendiest pattern styles (such as IKATS, and geometrics) in vibrant colors.  To understand the intensity of the look for summer season 2011, I have provided pictures below:

Eileen Kathryn Boyd Fabrics for Duralee:

Kravet: Weaves collection Sorbet Edition

Greenhouse Fabrics: Eclectic Elements

Since 2012 has not come yet, we are unsure what colours are upcoming for 2012. But we have predictions!  We still have bright colors that will be introduced in this upcoming season’s line, but we see that they have a little twist…

2012 Predicted Pantone Colours:

Comparing the colors that were chosen for 2011 to the new ones coming for 2012, we see that the vibrant pastel colors of 2011 are being replaced with more vibrant warm colors, deep rich “sodalite” blue, and vibrant cool tones . Throughout 2011  we as designers have seen gray become the new neutral…meaning that it will either coincide with  or replace beige in the home.

As a designer, my predictions are that the average consumer will use these tones as a pop of color in the room, following more of a block coloring system within the interior make up.  Most of these colors are very vibrant, and will not give you a soothing, calming experience. This is not to say that there are not some combinations within the chosen colors that can create a more tranquil experience.  Remember at the beginning of this blog, I stated that colors are chosen for the season based on the economic, cultural state of the average consumer.  Whichever color you choose to use in your home should make you feel happy.  This will vary depending on your personal tastes.

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