2008 Color Trends Home Dessign:
Leatrice Eiseman Reveals Color Trends, 2008 Palettes at International Home & Housewares Show
Color is a vital element of style, and consumers expect style in every product and at every price point, especially with housewares, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, director of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training, and author of several books on color, told an audience at the 2007 International Home & Housewares Show. In her presentation, "Future Color/Design Trends: Fulfilling Consumers' Needs," "Today's empowered consumer gets the meaning of style and expects it at every product and in every price point. And color is a vital element of style," she said.
Eiseman revealed color trends for 2008, which continue to include the colors brown and tan, partly due to the interest in what she calls "critter movies" that are geared for children. "Shrek" green will continue into 2008 as well. The color green, she said, will continue to be symbolic of eco-consciousness and will only increase in usage in 2008. Because of the "green movement" the color green will be prolonged - green is good."
"With the color blue in 2008, she said, "you cannot go wrong. The whole environmental aspect is associated with the preservation of water, and to not present blue in your product line is divorcing a certain segment of the population," "Blue emits clean and clear all around the world. Use it in your products."
Variations of orange will continue, she predicted, while grey, black, and white, especially with textures, will remain classics
- Fashion Color Trends: 2008
Looking "Green" -- People want things they wear and things they use now to look "green," no matter what color they are. In 2008, looking stylish means looking natural. Materials will look hand-made, un-dyed and unbleached. Products will look more like what they're actually made of, with lots of texture and all the natural imperfections proudly showing through. Off-whites, sandy and linen-y colors, rock and soil colors, brownish-greens – the colors of nature are seriously fashionable now.
- There’s News in Blues in 2008 -- The "trust me" color will continue to show up on candidates' ties this election year. But in all areas of decor, blues that remind us of sky and water -- inspired by environmentalism -- remain prominent, even in the kitchen. New next year will be the emergence of a much blacker blue inspired by technology -- a deep, vibrant navy so dark you'll swear it's black.
- Specialized Finishes, Warmer Metallics -- Advances in technology have made shimmery, specialized finishes really hot. But in 2008, metallics will go warmer. After so many years of brushed chrome and nickel, look for warmer shades -- coppery, bronze-y tones -- to prevail.
- More Ethnic Accents -- Globalism continues to inspire our love for ethnic accent colors. They’re coming to us from India, China and Latin America. To Moroccan reds and glowing oranges, add rosy pinks, sunny golden yellows and lots of turquoise. Already here in fashion and home design, these ethnic accents will show up as "punch" colors in hotels, restaurants and retail environments, too – often paired with rich browns as neutrals.
On the Beach
According to the report, the spring '08 palette is defined by classic, versatile neutrals punctuated by splashes of invigorating brights, empowering consumers to explore new and creative ways to combine colors. Variations on popular colors such as energizing red, cool, waterborne blue and eco-friendly green also play a key role this season."The spring '08 color palette perfectly reflects the cheerfulness of the season," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "Stabilizing neutrals combined with pops of brighter colors to create unique, distinctive looks are the basis for a great spring and summer wardrobe."