Colour trends 2013

It looks like this is going to be the year of blue for colour trends 2013. Not surprising, since blue accentuates almost every property from one set against the South African skyline to one that uses the ocean as its backdrop. Blue is traditionally associated with depth and stability as well as trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith and truth.

But what do the colour experts say in terms of shades and hues for the year ahead? Dark blue is associated with depth, expertise, and stability. Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity and seriousness.

Colour Trends 2013

Internationally, Monaco Blue has been assigned the colour of 2013. This rich, deep blue is a striking shade and is considered beneficial to the mind and body by producing a calming effect.

Pantone, the international colour experts, have also declared the colour Emerald Green as the colour for 2013, with its lively radiance and lush appeal. It is the colour of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony. It’s also a very fresh colour that goes hand-in-hand with growth and nurturance.

In bringing these colour trends closer to home, Dulux has revealed that its colour trend for 2013 will be Indigo. Dulux colour expert Sonica Bucksteg attended the annual colour trend meeting at Noordwyk’s Museum of Paint in the Netherlands. As a result of this meeting, the “regal, tranquil and honest indigo, which is easy to live with, is the defining shade for next year.”

She adds that “soothing, honest, relaxing and inspiring are all words used to define incredible indigo. Indigo amazes us and the fact that we are given access to a blue this deep and rich in the natural world gives the colour a magical quality, instilling in us a sense of wonder. In addition, indigo is a versatile hue that pairs well with brights, citrus colours and warmer neutrals, as well as other blues, purples and greens.”

Colour Trends 2013

According to Anne Roselt, Plascon’s colour manager, colour trends are influences by the mood of society — we are drawn to colours that reflect how we feel. When stressed, we are drawn to blues, greens and natural colours and when we need motivation and energy, we crave reds and oranges. Plascon’s colour themes for 2013 are therefore called “Balance” consisting of four palettes: Simplicity (influenced by honesty, escapism, understated elegance and sanctuary. This palette uses chalky whites, greens and metallic); Contrast (which makes use of deep blues, greys and denim, and is influenced by urban 50s, vintage brights and optimism); Pause (influenced the Great Gatsby, nostalgia and shimmer and sparkle, and makes use of pastels and popular brand name influences like Ralph Lauren, Louis Vitton, Prada and Fendi); and Dare (which is an afro-chic line of colour-blocked geometrics, retro brights and bold minimalism).

Whatever you decide for your 2013 colour palette, from single tones to bold combinations, this year looks to be a vibrant and colourful sensation. Colour tip# Avoid using dark blues in the kitchen, because blue suppresses appetite.

Sources: Colour Futures, Dulux, Pantone, Plascon, The Color Wheel Pro

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