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Color Forecasting

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Did you know that Pantone sponsors an event to name a color or two of the year! Last week, world renowned color expert, Founder, Eiseman Center for Color Information & Training, Leatrice Eiseman presented the two colors: Pantone Rose Quartz and Serenity at the Seattle Design Center.  These two colors represent a key concept for today’s fast-paced always-on world; an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

Color trends are fundamental to the design business. They have broad applications from home design to kid’s crayons. As a flooring company we offer hardwood, laminate and vinyl products that compliment or enhance the wide range of color palette in residential and commercial applications such as single-family homes, condos, hospitals and schools.

Are you wondering where trends emanate from? As it turns out lately it’s been the Film/Entertainment business that helps to inform what will be popular 1 – 2 years out.  Another influencer is Fashion, from Europe to the US we see that couture makes its way from the runway and trickles down to mass market retailers such as H&M and the Pottery Barn. What about classic colors?  Black and white will never go out of style but how they are interpreted can evolve. This year black and white is more patterned and graphic than ever.

Leatrice identified 9 trends in her 2017 Pantone View Home Forecast presentation. One of my favorites was Florabundant, a sumptuous palette of powerful Pinks, Reds, Orange, Purples and metallic golds. Floral patterns are large and graphic placing you at the center of a visual feast.

While there are trends that many designers and homeowners respond to and incorporate into their lifestyles and portfolios floors are not as easy to change as vases however new technologies in flooring provide a wealth of options in style, color and textures and applications like never before.

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