Paint colour trends for 2011/12
From the What’s New archive – August 2010.
Life has slowed a little and we ve been reminded to appreciate the things we have and those around us. We ve become more creative in taking what we have and the best of the past and using them to create modern memories and a fresh outlook on the future. Colour schemes are becoming increasingly more individual as decorators break out of specific eras, designated fashions and aesthetics and instead focus on creating more simple homely spaces inspired by memories and the pleasures of the everyday.
Colour has become an inseparable part of our lives and the way we view the world. Predictable and boring are bypassed. We have come to expect a world where everything is touched by colour. Appliances once used to be purchased for their practical performance, yet now frequently it is the colour and design style alone that s the key deciding factor. Accent colours were once usually featured on walls or in cushions, flowers and ornaments. Today it s just as likely that your feature might be a striking coloured fridge, kitchen accessory or the latest high fashion gadget.
Homes are becoming less of a showplace and more a place to make yourself at home. It s all about comfort deep luxurious baths you can sink into, furniture that envelopes you, beanbags for adults for relaxing outside and wireless that lets you take technology into whichever room you like without a trail of cords.
Colours for 2011/12 are generally cleaner and less complicated, an overall feeling of comfort. The palette is tending towards more feminine hues as females are increasingly making more decisions for households. There are touches of uber bright reds, oranges, yellows and violets, such as Resene Switched On and Resene Outrageous, to draw in the eye like a flower. This handful of brights from across all colours provides a handy accessible palette of optimistic accents.
Resene Switched On
Nature has been a strong influence on colour, particularly in recent years, and this continues to broaden into a wider colour range. Fresh colours, rustic textures and the beauty of handcrafted pieces, filled with personality in their imperfections. Colours from nature come blessed with a feeling of authenticity. Greens are inspired by nature with sunny tones, yellow greens, such as Resene Koru and Resene Nirvana, refreshing greens, such as Resene Zeal, and crossover hues moving from green to blue, such as Resene Free Spirit. Nature comes inside into feature spaces and accessories.
Nostalgia comes through in feel good colours like landscape greens, yellows and ochres, such as Resene Fleetwood. Yellows have a retro undertone with an underlying hint of green.