CARLSTADT, N.J. - April 22, 2003 - According to Pantone, Inc., the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, the world of home furnishings in 2004 will be mellow with an air of gentility. "Clean," "simple" and "gentle" will be color's keywords, along with "natural," "organic" and "peaceful."
"It's as if we're all trying to get someplace to find some solace," illuminated Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "Opulent pleasure is downplayed and the raucous is abandoned in favor of restful calm. We all seem to be looking for our country escapes.
"People are continuing to simplify their lives, paring down but still surrounding themselves with the familiar and things that will last," Eiseman continued. "The 'Streamlined' palette, for instance, is clean and uncluttered while drawing inspiration from spectator shoes and the retro lines reincarnated in today's modern design."
While restrained, tranquil palettes are the majority, 2004 is not without its liberating alternatives.
"In 2004, we're seeing the subtle evolution of color with some surprising twists. It's not just a retreat into organic colors and leaving it at that," Eiseman added. "For example, 'Global Warming' is very much about the red family but receives an unexpected bolt of electric blue, which is so much different from what we've seen in the past. 'Sweet Stuff' is a playful palette filled with confectionary hues."
The eight most directional color palettes for the home for 2004 are:
This is the quiet environment that is closest to the simplicity found in nature, reflecting a love of weathered wood, natural fibers, of all things organic and real. Whether the space is rustic and rural or more polished and urban, the neutral tones represent an intricate variety of rock, stone, pebbles and grasses that are the connecting colors leading to this special sanctuary.
|Desert Sage PANTONE 16-0110 ||Granite Green PANTONE 16-5907|
|Young Wheat PANTONE 12-0521 ||Pinecone PANTONE 19-1121|
|Boulder PANTONE 14-1110 ||Ecru Olive PANTONE 17-0836|
|Iron PANTONE 18-1306 ||Treetop PANTONE 18-0135|
|Quarry PANTONE 15-4305|
A vast placid sky, a gently rolling surf, footsteps in the warm sand; this is the palette that offers a relaxed retreat, an escape from the invasive and hectic surrounding world. The colors are a medley of deep marine, lavender blues and sky blues, oyster gray and cloud whites. The combinations are clean, uncomplicated and always harmonious.
|Illusion Blue PANTONE 13-4103 || Ensign Blue PANTONE 19-4026|
|Mellow Buff PANTONE 13-1014 || Cloud Dancer PANTONE 11-4201|
|Vapor PANTONE 12-4302 || Cashmere Blue PANTONE 14-4115|
|Aqua Gray PANTONE 15-5205 || Nirvana PANTONE 17-3808|
|Oyster Gray PANTONE 14-1107|
A vital, bold and sensual palette, this warming trend is a strong color story made up primarily of color wheel neighbors in and around the red family: Molten Lava, Spicy Orange, Dancing Pink, Magenta Purple, Vivid Yellow with an unexpected jolt of an Electric Blue. This is an adventurous and exotic color grouping that will be seen frequently as accent against neutral, natural or darkened tones.
|Cadmium Yellow PANTONE 15-1054 ||Sauterne PANTONE 15-0942|
|Spicy Orange PANTONE 18-1445 ||Molten Lava PANTONE 18-1555|
|Skydiver PANTONE 19-4151 ||Fandango Pink PANTONE 17-2033|
|Adobe PANTONE 17-1340 ||Orange Ochre PANTONE 16-1253|
|Pool Blue PANTONE 15-5218 ||Magenta Purple PANTONE 19-2428|
Taking its cue from the world of cosmetics, this pleasing palette celebrates a myriad of skin tones. These flattering hues are gentle, soft and mellow, yet more complex and sophisticated than simple pastels. The combinations offer subtle, stylish possibilities.
|Peach Skin PANTONE 14-1907 ||Clay PANTONE 15-1231|
|Tuscany PANTONE 16-1219 ||Pale Mauve PANTONE 15-1607|
|Mauve Orchid PANTONE 16-2111 ||Nude PANTONE 12-0911|
|Cognac PANTONE 18-1421 ||Nostalgia Rose PANTONE 17-1512|
|Rose Brown PANTONE 18-1512 ||Burgundy PANTONE 19-1617|
When the world outside starts to get too somber and serious, it's time to indulge in some delicious eye candy. Sweet but never cloying, these confection shades entice the eye by adding a new level of tantalizing tastes with combinations such as: Mimosa, Smoky Grape and Pink Mist or Brandied Melon, Taffy and Banana Crepe.
|Taffy PANTONE 16-0940 || Jacaranda PANTONE 17-3930|
|Brandied Melon PANTONE 16-1340 ||Peach Pink PANTONE 15-1530|
|Pink Mist PANTONE 13-2805 ||Mimosa PANTONE 14-0848|
|Smoky Grape PANTONE 16-3110 || Banana Crepe PANTONE 13-0815|
Evoking thoughts of a welcoming and nurturing home, it may be a bit of cottage living or country in a condo, but always cozy and effortless in its appeal. This is an engaging presentation of warm, cozy quilts and comfort food colors such as soft creamy whites, rustic reds and golden yellows.
|Creme Brulee PANTONE 13-1006 || Biscuit PANTONE 16-1336|
|Chamomile PANTONE 13-0916 || Beeswax PANTONE 14-0941|
|Cloud Cream PANTONE 12-0804 || Rustic Brown PANTONE 18-1238|
|Brick Red PANTONE 19-1543 || Raffia PANTONE 13-0725|
It's sleek, stylish and gracefully configured. Minimal and modern meets design statements of the past. Inspired by the curvaceous, compact and gleaming Airstream trailers that captured everyone's attention in the '50s, it is still seen both as motor home and dressing rooms to the stars. The aerodynamic styling inspires metallic finishes such as chrome and silver, while other design icons inspire the glamour of polished black and the stark simplicity of pristine white, used singly or in classic combinations.
|Jet Black PANTONE 19-0303 ||Silver PANTONE 14-5002|
|Bright White PANTONE 11-0601 |
This is a palette of attainable luxuries that speak of quality and elegance. These are the styles and colors that traditions are built upon, a tasteful blending of time-honored antiques with Nouveau style, understated rather than overstuffed, a hint of opulence with the practical reality of a home that is lived in and enjoyed every day. The colors are lush, classic and rich, reflecting the possibility of intricate combinations.
|Imperial Palace PANTONE 18-3615 || Cappuccino PANTONE 19-1220|
|Rich Gold PANTONE 16-0836 || Olive Green PANTONE 17-0929|
|Thyme PANTONE 19-0309 || Winetasting PANTONE 19-2118|
|Rosewood PANTONE 19-1532 || Chartreuse PANTONE 15-0751|
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