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2013 Colour Forecast

For those of you waiting for the 2013 color forecasts, here is the synopsis of the interior colors that we are “supposed” to use in our homes next year. I trust all of you to do what is right for you and your families first, and decorate according to trends only if it really suits your life.

Pantone, the self-appointed color doyens, say that the 2013 is the year of “Emerald.” (17-5641)  Their description of this color:  “Lively, radiant, lush.. a color of elegance and beauty that enhances out sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

Benjamin Moore picked Lemon Sorbet (2019-60). Their reasons? “This beautiful yellow hue harmonizes with other trending pastels in the mint, coral, pink, blue, and vanilla families. Uplifting without being overpowering it is the ideal home paint colour to complement any décor. It’s the perfect transitional colour between the mid-tones and saturated colours seen in today’s home furnishings and the softer, lighter pastels which are emerging for 2013.”

Sherwin-Williams chose Aloe.  This is a greyed pastel green “This is no ordinary pastel — Aloe is funky and glamorous, demure and free-spirited. While Aloe’s vibe can verge on retro, when paired with caviar blacks, crisp whites or soft grays, suddenly Aloe has a new soul and attitude. And Aloe is highly adaptable, making it a perfect pick for everyday spaces such as a breezy sunroom or a well-dressed living room.”

The Color Marketing group, which includes Farrow and Ball and Pratt and Lambert chose “Re-blue” ( RGB 90 162 192) “RE” plays on several key lifestyle trends:  REcycling, REnew,  REmember, REwind, REcalibrate, REward and is REliable.   RE-BLUED works well with all colors of the palette.  Blue is embraceable.  Versatile, it can be updated to contemporary status with vibrant tones, or nestled into a heritage feel with those more historic or traditional.”

Style at Home magazine published a great article with the choices from six Canadian paint companies which, with one exception, chose soft pastels for their colors. The on-line article showcases Dulux, Benjamin Moore, Behr, Beauti-Tone, Farrow and Ball and Sico. Their overall take on the color forecasts:  “Modern neutrals with bold hits of electric blue popped up across palettes from a variety of paint companies for 2013.”

Happy New Year to all of you. I hope it is a year filled with love and laughter.

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