Fall and color are two words you will hear a lot at this time of year. It could not be a more appropriate time for Pantone and other leading color experts to reveal what’s next for 2017 in the way of color. And while there are differing shades and hues, most of these trend-makers have taken their cues from nature.
These palettes feature subtle, warm and earthy tones from Sherwin Williams’ Poised Taupe; or Benjamin Moore’s dusky and mysterious, 2017 color, aptly named: Mysterious; to Dunn-Edwards’ joyful and bold pick: Honey Glow; and among Pantone’s 2017 tasty color trend predictions: Kale.
What goes into choosing a color of the year? Much thought, introspection and studying of trends in design, fashion, art, and even social and pop culture movements--that’s what. Sara McLean, Color Expert at Dunn-Edwards explains that the Olympics played a significant part in their color choice, with the influence of Brazilian culture, fashion and food at the forefront. As well as, looking at complementary colors and styles, all these factors go into boiling it down to a single color: one which makes a statement, and can change a room, mood or outlook.
Benjamin Moore’s Creative Director, Ellen O’Neill describes their 2017 color, Mysterious as one that “ebbs and flows with it’s surroundings, and light brings it to life. Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal.” A definite contrast to last year’s pick, Simply White, this dramatic choice shows a trend to move away from the lighter and more neutral grays and whites to a warmer and more striking palette. And most anyone would agree nature has a pretty spectacular paint brush.
“Pantone View Home + Interiors 2017” book unveiled its color trends for the year with palettes such as “Native Instincts,” “Forest Bathing,” Raw Materials,” and “Florabundant,” to name just a few. Kale is not just for salads anymore. It is one of Pantone’s top ten colors for spring.
So where does this leave home sellers looking to create a neutral and inviting environment for prospective buyers? We recommend you continue to embrace the soft neutrals, but accessorize and accent with these beautiful color choices throughout the home. Choose a palette of three colors and allow your rooms to “pop,” simply by highlighting the room with bold and warm, nature-inspired colors and patterns.
At Reveal Home Staging we are committed to supporting and working toward maintaining and creating a better environment for ourselves and future generations. We think a really “sweet” thing to mention here is that Dunn-Edwards is celebrating it’s color of the year, by currently giving back 10% of it’s sales to the non-profit organization HoneyLove.org, which helps honey bees survive the threat of extinction. With a full immersion into the meaning of its 2017 color, Dunn-Edwards is supporting a vital resource to our planet, not just by being -- pardon the pun -- but by doing. We think that is a win-win.
By Janice Brittain, Contributing Writer for Reveal Home Staging