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What’s Trending in Color for the Upcoming Year

What’s Trending in Color for the Upcoming Year

From your church lobby, to signage and beyond; here are the trending colors to incorporate in your designs.

Well it’s that time again! The time in which the elusive Puxatany Phil of design peeks his head out to unveil yet another color trend forecast for the New Year. This always causes a buzz from within the industry. It reaches far and deep into all textiles, paint, fashion, and technology.

Within the last fifteen years, our global exposure to color has been very influential. We no longer stick with beiges and browns. We, as the church try to effectively change the temperature and landscape of our community simply by being relevant. We have grown a little more sophisticated and have embraced the overall trends that we see in our everyday to incorporate a certain feel and look within our church.

So you want to know what is just as shocking as an ALS ice bucket challenge? The official day that the color of the year ‘Radiant Orchid’ for 2014 was announced was on December 5th, 2013. You heard me right. They had already established the "Trend Color Forecast" not only for 2015 but 2016. Translated that puts them two years ahead of the general public.

Forecasted color story that will be enveloping the industry, with ‘Radiant Orchid’ leading as the designated color for 2014.

Plums & Lilacs
Multi-toned Grays
Rich Coffee Browns
Dark Olive Greens
Deep & Lively Reds
Navy Blues
Peacock Blue
Camels
Rusty Oranges
Ochre Yellows
Warm Whites
Muted Pastels
Variety Mix of Wood-tones
Copper
Bronze
Silver
Florals
Ombré Effect

The reason being, when “the powers that be” huddle together to make their official statement, they are already issuing manufactures to infuse that color into all textiles and product lines. So by the time we are ready to embrace it, it’s already everywhere and highly accessible. From makeup to kitchen blenders you will see hues of that color reinstated hoping for high demand and turnover. Overall they will be researching and moving forward to delegate what is trending globally light years before we are informed.

So when the leaves start to drop, and the air is yet again filled with Pumpkin Spice and Apple Cinnamon, we also turn to investigate colors of the season.  Usually it peaks at the end of summer or beginning of Fall, when most people will get out their rollers and begin dreaming of what color they want to decorate for the rest year.

As we turn our attention to the overall landscape of society, we see that simplicity and function is being reinforced by using material choices that are reusable, sustainable and purposeful in our day to day interaction. Though this might sound a little uninspiring, it couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Having witnessed a steady stream of smaller livable design spaces, we find ourselves being more intentional in how we put color around us. So whether you're designing a large empty canvas or remodeling a smaller venue; lighting, placement, and layering all help to pull together the color story you want to emphasize.

This season for instance you will see various shades of grays to rich coffee browns, deep blues and greens as well as camel in yellow to orange tones. We will also see more bronze and copper metallics making a comeback.

With those colors laying the foundation we will see unexpected hits of color. Adding bolds, brights and highlighting colors as well as subtle pastels to this year's fashion and interior design.

For instance, when designing a welcoming entrance to a church lobby, I like to break it up by thirds. This way your eye moves around the room. For example, say you have as shallow yet wide church lobby. Starting with neutral gray walls, I would add a pop of bright, light, or deep color by working either west to east or north to south. Playing with heights and depths are very effective. Just little hits around the room will do.

Being more subtle in placement when working with brighter colors can make for a cleaner and well balanced statement of the overall design.

As we continue to design for churches, keeping them in the “now” can be played out in a few ways: A custom of piece furniture or highlighting a pop of color through signage, or an accent wall or two—or my favorite “cutting the wall in” by placing a pop of color just inside a framed header is a fun way to use color. Small doses, big impact. As you can see, there are many creative ways to use a color trend. And, with an “anything goes” spectrum of styles to pull from such as: geometric, vintage floral patterns, and ombré effect, there will be no lack of infusing ones personality back into a space.


Within the last fifteen years, our global exposure to color has been very influential. We no longer stick with beiges and browns. We, as the church try to effectively change the temperature and landscape of our community simply by being relevant. We have grown a little more sophisticated and have embraced the overall trends that we see in our everyday to incorporate a certain feel and look within our church.

 

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