Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Color Focus 2011, Autumn-Winter.

The year 2011 has seen Pale Blue, Chocolate and Olive pop, and Spring Greens are announced for Autumn-Winter 2011-2012. Gray and White go on as neutrals and Tangerine and Vintage Mustard Yellow will play the accents. Lilac will  complement emerging Pale Aubergine.

Pale blue has moved from accessories to large pieces of upholstered and treated furniture in 2011. Prominent in Maison & Objet 2011, it makes a perfect contrast to rich dark woods and to Chocolate, a rich and dramatic colour that has come for a re-visit in some Luxury Interiors.

WA Teppan - Sushi Bar Palmas (Santa Fe, Ciudad de México)

Nobis Hotel (Stockholm)

Flexible and seductive, Chocolate brings back a  retro message with a vibe to the 70's. It matches with  deep Midnight Blue and with Black,Turquoise and Aqua.

Pale blue has been seen in textiles and china and will have a strong presence for all 2011.

Ruche Sofa by Inga Sempe for Ligne Roset

Another popping colour in 2011, Olive, brings a touch of earth and a sense of tradition. It works well in interiors, matches both chocolate and blue and fits classic designs like Chesterfield sofas or armchairs with a retro feeling. This colour will go on in a paler shade in the Epiphany Trend from Mix, in Spring-Summer 2012, together with grays - that have been going on trend in  2011 as a symbol of understated elegance.

Aphrodite by by Tadao Hoshino for Ligne Roset

Gray will be seen from paint to soft furnishings, as shown above. And White, it remains a core colour for most furniture collections and provides the perfect finish for tableware.

Today tableware by Gianinni

We will see 70's nostalgic Tangerine for accents, as in this wonderful carpet by Serge Lesage:

For a warm and cozy accent, down to earth Vintage Mustard Yellow drives attention in 2012 Vanity  Trend by Mix Trends.See it in Patricia Urquiola's Bohemian design for Moroso, displayed in its rich upholstery:

It's been found as well in furniture...

... and in textiles:

To end this color  focus, lilac appears as a complement to emerging pale aubergine. It will provide a background to darker purples and will sweeten the colour palette in wallpapers, bed linen, fabrics and home accessories:

The Brocatto Papers, by Farrow&Ball.

Kazan, from Intuicion collection by Gastón y Daniela.

These are trends: maybe you love them, maybe not. If you are trying to find your own direction amongst this  sea of colors, contact me. I can help you!


  1. Great article and pictures, and it was reassuring to me as we recently redid a guest bedroom using the colors blue, white and chocolate. We've had lots of compliments on the result, but nice to know it was on point with very current colors too.

  2. Thank you so much, I wish I could answer by your name!

    I based my article in Mix Trends forecasting, but I'm seeing the same trends with different names in many "Places". I guess you know yet Benjamin Moore's color of the year 2012, Pale Blue. You can check their site.

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