Back in May 2016, we shared part of a Pantone press release announcing the 2017 home + interiors colour stories. Neither the collections nor the details have changed, but we’re happy to be able to share more colour information with you, as well as the key colour family stories for 2017.
The home + interiors 2017 collection is divided into nine unique groupings. Commentary and insights are provided by Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
Pantone bills this palette as “a series of pleasant thoughts that distract our attention from the present.” The colours are light — read: pastels will still be strong in 2017 — and include the 2016 co-colours of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. Blue Glow, Plein Air, Yellow Iris and Nile green are mates. Add a hint of silver for some metallic sheen.
The easiest way to envision the At Ease palette is simply to imagine a greyed-down version of the Day Dreaming palette. What’s noteworthy here, though, is the effortless way it presents cool and warm neutrals together. Sea Fog meets Orchid Haze and Twilight Mauve, for example, or Warm Sand and Zen Blue align with a cool aqua hue called Sea Angel.
Rather than decorate within the colour, pattern and décor boundaries of a single tribe or indigenous culture, Native Instincts brings together disparate colours, patterns and objects. Consider a piece of Native American pottery shown with Turkish kilim carpet and a pre-Columbian artifact. Colour is the connective tissue, specifically copper tones and mineral hues such as Malachite Green, Violet Quartz and Bright Gold.
Along with the hues in this lavish and lush palette — Pink Yarrow, Chrysanthemum, Red Dahlia and Baton Rouge red, for instance — Eiseman predicted a rise in large-scale floral patterns, too.
Texture is as integral to this palettes as the warm tones that span the range between orange and red. It’s a tasty palette [that] evokes the rye spirits and artisanal beers — colours such as Orange Chiffon, Amberlight, Etruscan Red, Mulberry, and Brandied Melon are rounded out with Pale Gold accents.
Understanding this palette — for starters, it’s a direct translation of the Japanese practice of “Shinrin-yoku” — requires a connection with nature. It’s a walk in the forest and admiration of “fallen leaf colours,” Eiseman explained. Green and blue-greens dominate alongside accents of Grape Kiss and Acid Lime.
This [is the] most structured and traditional of the Pantone home and interiors palettes for 2017, [but] it still offers some surprise: Maritime Blue, Sepia Tint, Dusty Blue, Rattan, and Parchment combine in unexpected, though pleasing, ways with upstarts Martini Olive, Bird’s Egg Green and Sugar Almond.
“This palette is beyond trend, it’s lifestyle,” Eiseman says. Oil Yellow, Faded Denim, Winter Twig, Argyle Purple and Zephyr pink are among the hues that reflect consumer desire to live healthfully and make repurposing and reusing materials — from both nature and industry — a habit.
This canvas begins with black and white, next to shades of grey highlight. Then, add vibrant accent colour(s). Of the brilliant pop options on tap for 2017 — Dazzling Blue, Prism Pink, Fandango Pink, Opaline Green and Orange Popsicle — Eiseman singled out Blazing Yellow as “really important.”
Depending on what you’re doing, it can be helpful to see multiple shades within a specific colour family.
Whether you stick with the more muted, pastel pinks or shift towards the more active, brighter tones, pink is an attention getter.
Former gender assignations have disappeared, so use it freely in any space for a positive uplift.
A sliding scale exists within the Orange family, with lots of influence in the coral range.
Yellow is often infused with a hint of green, though a true, bright yellow is the perfect instant jolt to uplift and brighten any room and creates an instant focal point.
Following the lead from the yellow family, the 2017 green collection includes a lot of yellow-green tones. If you prefer a cooler green, there are also several greens featuring a blue undertone. Regardless of the shade, using green in your interior can be useful if you’re unable to get into nature to relax; the colour on your wall can trick your mind into thinking you’re outside and will naturally calm your breathing.
Deep blues, such as navy and cobalt, are considered to be very dependable and stable. The deeper tones can help to anchor a room and are sometimes considered a dark neutral. However, light to mid-tone blues will be more prominent in 2017.
Purple is showing a wide spectrum of shades. If you’re paying attention to the 2017 Colours of the Year announced thus far (Pantone’s announcement is still about a month away at the time of writing), you’ll notice there’s a strong preference toward purple tones.
Red in 2017 is both more subtle and sophisticated. Rich, deep reds are a natural warming accent for mid- to dark grey interiors.
Grey continues to remain strong and long ago established itself as a neutral.
Brown tones are softer and warmer than many of the red-based earthy browns that have made an appearance in recent years.
Less cluttered, more minimalist interiors are introducing more black into interiors, not just in accessories and furnishings, but in floor, wall, and even ceiling finishes.
An increasing number of people are experimenting with all white interiors. To keep it interesting and non-clinical, layer in multiple shades of white and introduce texture. Even if you’re using cool whites, quilted fabrics, velvets, area rugs, and draperies will all help to soften and enliven the room.
Black & White
Black and white is a design classic and will forever be in style. Have fun with geometrics, prints, and patterns.
For warming up spaces, stick with copper, bronze or gold. To cool them off, embrace silver. Or keep things interesting by mixing and matching your favourites.