Spring’s on its way, meaning spring cleaning and updating. One of the least expensive, most effective ways to update your decor is to paint. But what colour? Paint colours, like fashion trends, fall in and out of favor. And most of us want to be in style.
Why not consider what’s new in interior design, furniture, and fashion? Watch the runways in Paris, Milan, and New York for hints about upcoming colour trends. And look back at the January issues of design magazines – many included features on colour trends.
For manufacturers and marketers, colour is all about business. However, it’s a not-for-profit group of colour design professionals that has been instrumental in shaping new colour palettes since it was founded in 1962.
Based on considerable (and expensive) research, Colour Management Group (CMG) decides what’s new in colour and design. When CMG speaks, manufacturers of just about every product you can think of – including paint – listen. The result is new colours, not just for your walls, but for your toaster, your bathroom towels, and even your car.
So, what about your spring spruce-up? Once again, bold colours are in. Last year, despite a concerted ad campaign, consumers showed resistance to painting entire rooms in bright colours. Now, many paint companies have toned down their palettes and encourage the colour-wary to use “big” colour for accent walls.
Luckily for the rest of us, warmer neutrals remain popular. One thought: Stick with a colour that makes you feel comfortable and happy. It’ll make your spruce-up worthwhile.