Color forecasting is someones actual job. A lot of people don’t believe me when I tell them that. There are many people in the world, right this second, whose job it is to gather all kinds of social, environmental, historical and political information and forecast what colors we will want to buy next year . That information is then bought by major companies who want to know which color car, razor, towels, and coats they should sell next year.
So this year they chose ( actually they chose it last year for us) Pantone color” Tangerine Tango”. Pantone is the universal color wheel that can cross industries to specify colors, (http://www.pantone.com). Orange has historically been a favorite color. It is a color that affects us physically: some say that it stimulates activity, stimulates appetite and encourages socialization. ( great for restaurants!)
I wanted to post about this today because I feel you need to be careful about designing homes according to color trends. I always make sure I am informed on what the current trends are because, I want to really examine the reasons we may be choosing the trendy colors. Is it authentic? or is it because Pottery Barn’s catalogue had Tangerine Tango drapery on every page? Do you not even know that you are being affected by some color forecasters from last year? Do I even know if I am?.
Choosing the right interior paint colors for your home is about creating a backdrop for your life. Be thoughtful about why you are choosing certain colors these days. Revert to old favorites, and add a twist with a trendy color in pillows, art etc.. not on the walls!. You don’t want to repaint them when the new color of the year comes out in Jan 2013!