Be the 1st to Know Popular Decorating Colors for 2008 Experts Announce Color Forecast

September 13, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Lifestyle News
Home decor decorating colors are inspired by the fashion industry. Important
colors going through the remainder of 2007 are orange, purple, gray and
Browns and grays have been the big decorating colors this season. We have also seen
much interest in golden yellows—hues somewhere between brown and yellow
and extending to the range of metallics. Pearlized metallic finishes are
becoming important. Look for copper to continue gaining popularity and
will gain prominence in 2008.
Decorating colors we are seeing used strongly for the remainder of '07 and into '08
are periwinkle, purple tones and reds. The reds are a deep, spicy, rich
color. Use the bright colors of yellow and orange to add a bit of life
and energy into home decor.
Use these color palletes to visualize your decorating themes. These colors
translate in to the very popular Tuscan decorating style. Such motifs as
sunflowers, roosters and pears are trendy decorating themes, as the
examplify the colors being used today. The Pantone Color Institute has released a statement describing 8 color
palettes that will be used through 2008:
1) Simply Elegant. A prime example of marrying tradition and modern
day, this palette continues the eclectic approach with new technologies
in fabrication, finishes and styling enabling and encouraging the use
of unexpected mixes and textures. Color treatments are equally unique
in beautiful blends of mahogany and silved mink, silvery blues, elegant
purples and deep bronzed tones set off by the glint of pale gold, frosty
almond and copper.<br>
2)Classic Chic. Evokes both neo-classic and new classic—the
always stylish, tasteful tones and timeless lines that promise lasting
value. Gray is a real presence in both light and deeper tones, while
its sister shade of silver and champagne add a glamorous sparkle. A
mineralized yellow and a sensuous red bring a ripple of excitement to
cappuccino brown. A classic palette would not be complete without
the ubiquitous yin-yang of black and white, often blended with the
cappuccino tones.
3)Lumens. Luminous finishes, shiny or slightly delustered surfaces
and techniquely-correct lighting (both dramatic and low key) all reflect
the sleek simplicity of uncluttered lines interspersed with multi-
faceted hues. Lumens include dazzling waterborne blues, jewel-like
emerald or opaline greens, ultraviolet, vibrant rose, metallic silver
and the piercing clarity of bright white.
4)Melange. Flavored by melon, apricot, strawberry and orange,
melange is an assortment of tantilizing shades guarenteed to stimulate
the visual appetite. In addition to the warm fruit flavors, other
vital combinations include toasty tan,vibrant poppy red,vivacious
yellow and balancing blue—all grounded by rustic khaki.
5)Aux Naturale. Cleaning up, paring down, a lack of pretension and
excessive ornamentation continue to have great appeal, and this palette
spawns a variety of so-called organic colors, especially those that
seem to have an unbleached quality. The most important shades are
creamy whites, sandy beiges,essential tans, taupes, gray and mellow
browns accented by subtly shaded roses, lily pad green and the ultimate
color of integrety: a denim-like blue.
6)Grass Roots. Evokes indigenous crafts and materials that bring
a regional flavor to products or enviroments. Some of those regions
might be far-flung while some are much closer to home. In reality,
while some of the products may be mass produced, they look as if they
are hand hewn, hand-loomed or individually crafted. This palette starts
with the variations on the green theme, and moves to a mineral blue
and various wood tones that are enhanced by unexpected mixes including
grape, rose and terra-cotta.
7)Fresh Air. The dictionary defines fresh as that which is
"refreshingly different from what has been done previously." The
spontaneity of the stylized designs and finishes mixed into this palette
are truly like a breath of fresh air, with woven twines meeting
metallic sheens and smooth resins coupled with textured leathers.
Color combinations are equally inventive: green pesto, vibrant yellow
and yellow-greens, for example, artfully combine with cyclamen pink,
purples and violets sky blues and snow whites.
8)Light Touch. Suggests a soft impression—the deft use of gentle
colors that speak of quiet spaces in an increasingly noisy world. This
palette offers a comfort zone. The challenge is to keep it looking
up-to-date. Modernizing a pastel palette can be skillfully and
easily done by reinventing the colors and the combinations. Take the
classic pastels of foamy aquas and greens, pinks and lavenders, powdery
blues, sun-tinged yellows and angora whites to the next level by
infusing them with a touch of champagne, or introducing the sophistication
of a silvery gray or rosy taupe.
Decorating color announcement made by Belinda Crouse of
Release from the home office in Watertown,
South Dakota.