2012 Color Trends Home & Interior – Resilience
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
- Summer / Spring 2012 Color Trends – Subtleties (redoitdesign.wordpress.com)
- 2012 Color Trends Home & Interior – All 9 Pantone Palettes! (redoitdesign.wordpress.com)
- Pantone Palette Predictions for 2012 Home & Housewares 2011 (apartmenttherapy.com)
- New! PANTONE Spring / Summer 2012 Color Trends (redoitdesign.wordpress.com)
- Pantone Names Honeysuckle Color of the Year (thegloss.com)