Welcome the Shades of Fall and Winter
as one of spring and summers color leaders, blue continues to prevail
for fall and winter, offering intensities that reflect it's seasonal direction.
A flexible color favorite, blue has the potential to vary greatly in demonstrating
safe, invigorating or even ethereal spaces. To many paint manufacturer's
delight, displaying the "Americana" style of decor is creeping
back into "vogue" this fall season. The Americana theme can
easily be replicated through the use of classic heritage blue tones, a
popular offering amongst many paint companies. Deep marine blue, wedgewood,
midnight blue, navy, slate blue, cobalt, blue-black, blue spruce, celestial
blue, sapphire and blueberry are some of the tones that create a feeling
of calm in our fast paced world of constant change.
The fall and winter
color palette for 2003 continues the theme of a renewed focus on home
centered lives while also adding credence to current economic conditions
and the rapid pace of advancements in technology. Closely paralleling
current design trends, contemporary palettes reflect a flagrant desire
for quality as well as the importance for consumer choice in the "color"
marketplace. Traditional American heritage, nature's all encompassing
world and cultural fusion are a few of the predominant influences that
forecasters have indicated as dominating themes for the upcoming fall
and winter season's color stories.
in nature, fall's greens represent hues that are increasingly popular
in today's homes that pay homage to natural surfaces while adding a feeling
of renewal. Olive, Artichoke, moss, pine forest, hunter green, rosemary,
spinach, ivy and fern are some of fall's hottest "green" tones
that not only bring serenity to a room, but also can be married to browns
and other unanticipated colors to create elegant fall spaces.
harmoniously with organic colors, textures and motifs are the wide array
of browns that are favored for the upcoming fall season by many of today's
leading color experts. The upcoming seasonal brown palette consists of
rich, earthy elements that mesh with up to date neutrals. Browns are also
being stylishly teamed with fall's most fashionable purple palettes (such
as elderberry and grape) to produce warm and sophisticated color schemes
for the home. The endless supply of brown hues provide fine choices
for many of today's most elegantly appointed homes. Seamlessly meshing
with contemporary natural surfaces such as stone, glass, metal, wood,
cork and bamboo; you can be sure to locate a perfect shade of brown that
highlights surfaces on existing floor coverings, countertops, cabinets,
wall coverings and ceilings. From chocolate and russet brown to saddle
tan, burnt almond and camel; fall's browns maintain rich staying power.
uncertain economic times, the culturally fused grouping of colors are
glamorous shades that are uplifting to consumers. A continuation of the
trends that were witnessed last spring and summer, exhilarating tones
add dynamic optimism to any space. These high impact colors are evident
in warmer and brighter shades. Spicy fall reds are "feel good"
colors that are appropriate for any style of decor ranging from Asian,
to rustic or classical. Deep, buttery yellows and rich, dark red colorations
are particularly appropriate for exterior doors and trims. Also representing
wonderful choices for the home exterior, do not be surprised to find tantalizing
tones such as tangerine, apricot or pumpkin used to grace the exterior
of shingle styled homes.
and other metal colorations represent fall's technical yet refined hues
that express the current and ever changing technology boom. Many of today's
machines are faster, smaller, more personalized and are available in today's
most sought after combinations of color! Metal colorations, including
gold and bronze may be viewed touting unanticipated hints of other hues,
such as blues and greens. A particularly dynamic choice for many of today's
hottest special effect paint techniques, the use of metallic, luminescent
and other dimensional painted surfaces often represents the focal point
for an interior space. Sterling silver, silver blueberry, antique gold,
bronze and burnished copper represent just a few of the metal coloration
variations that the fall and winter season has in store for consumers.
The fall and winter 2003 palette reflects deeper, more complex versions
of past season's popular colors. Powerfully exciting hues are interesting
enough to be utilized on their own or combined with others colors to achieve
distinctively personalized looks for the home. Regardless of color preferences,
the emphasis on home centered lives sparks an intense importance on quality
surroundings. Consumers are in search of personalized color palettes that
have staying power for the fall 2003 season as well as the future, where
technology remains fast paced and ever changing.
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