2012 Color Trends Home & Interior – Resilience

Pantone Resilience Pallet

Do any of you watch HGTV’s Design Star? I am not a big reality show aficionado, but every summer it’s like a guilty pleasure. I find myself religiously setting my VCR to record each tantalizing episode, mesmerized by the genius evoked each season by the “white room challenge” – my favorite part of Design Star! What does this have to do with color trends,  the Pantone’s Resilience color group? The one pearl of wisdom, provided by designer / judge Vern Yip that rises above the din of drama and cat fighting each season – “Don’t be a one-trick pony”. Bare with me…

In the last post (about Pantone 2012 Color Trend Pallet “Subtleties”) I talked shared the notion of starting with an inspiration to achieve “design gestalt”. This was in fact a creative tactic to help avoid the one-trick pony show. Ironically, I am going to take the same approach, but different applications. Again, begin with an inspiration to make the Pantone “Resilience” 2012 color pallet a color story your personal story. Close your eyes (again) and consider your first impression of the Resilience color group – mine was instantaneous!

William Morris Wallpaper

You may wonder if I’ve gone color-blind; where are the mushrooms and browns? An impression doesn’t need not be literal – it’s a first thought, image or feeling you associated with a color group.

Pantone resilience 2012 Colors reminds me unmistakably of a William Morris design. William Morris hand-screened wall papers and textiles are hallmarks of arts & crafts / Bungalow style. I think of Stickley (Mission Style), and fiestaware ceramics. This being said, these intricate patterns and pallet can get dark and heavy, if you interpret it literally. Herewith, the one-trick pony pearl. We’re going to transform the Morris/ Resilience inspiration into Modern color-speak, using  the 2012 summer trends to create the trendy (but timeless) context intended!

Resilience – Modern Bungalow!The process of abstracting anything turns on inspiration to reinvent interpretation.

The Resilience pallet has only one color that pops – the “Flamingo” orange. The rest of the group evokes forest shades of greens and mushrooms seemingly without a sky to balance the landscape –  to me, it thirsts for blue.Adding a blue accent adds dimension.. If you add an accent to a pallet stick to one color! Not periwinkle, turquoise, navy – the more accents, the less impact. Is this interpretation unfaithful to the color group? Not at all! It’s made personal by interpretation. The mid-century modern in style both exerts the influence of Resilience color and the trend toward vintage / mid-century styles.

Here’s a holiday bungalow in Bergen mixing bungalow style with mushrooms, ochre yellows, hints of pistachio green and pops of red-orange

If you love are a lover of neutrals, put your emphasis instead on the mushroom and yellow tones of The Resilience 2012 color pallet, like this Modern Bungalow you can rent for a get away near Amsterdam! ( http://www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/p420945 )

Here, the greens take the back seat, the Flamingo is turned up a notch to red, and the “oil yellow” finds its way into furnishings.

So Remember:

1. Don’t be too literal!

2. Make it Personal

3. Trendy does not need to mean temporary. Trends are always re-purposed from classic and timeless looks that have worked before.

4. A great design involves Gestalt – the sum of parts creating that ” je ne sais quoi” that you can’t put a finger on but creates a whole greater than the sum of its parts.

5. Vern’s right – don’t be a 1-trick pony! Don’t defer to literal interpretations like a focal wall color in every room.

And most of all – DON’T TAKE IT SERIOUSLY!

Related Articles