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#tuesdaytrending: democratic colour eliminates the gender barrier

With the ongoing debate and blurred lines between what’s masculine versus feminine, we’re starting to see that democratic colour eliminates the gender barrier.

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image via Pantone

Democratic Colour

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An eclectic Parisian interior via Pinterest.

The term may seem weighty, but the concept is simple–within Pantone‘s 2019 home+interiors colour, the stereotypical gender divide disappears. Pink is the most prominent example, and all its shades are included. But for some, the same biases are applied to various hues of purple and yellow.

Pinks & Corals

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Pale pinks like blush and Millennial Pink have become much more commonplace over the past several seasons.

As you look at rooms and furnishings, you’ll see that colour isn’t the only thing that’s changing.

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Shades of pink run the gamut, from light to dark, and with varying undertones.

Curves are becoming more pronounced. Shapes are softer. Whether they’re more organic or more exaggerated, the common denominator is a sense of comfort.

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Bettina Prentice apartment via Vogue

There’s also an added element of layering. It may be reflected through the number of items in a room.

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The Lennox | A hint of bright, bold pink in the dining room in an otherwise neutral interior.

But layering can also be more subtle and developed through tactility and texture.

Lilac & Deeper Purples

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Rich bold purples, whether they lean towards the blue or the red spectrum, always exude a sense of regality.

Deeper, more saturated purples sometimes veer off in disparate directions–the deep blue indigos or the red-infused berry and wine tones. All hues are now considered democratic colour.

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via Pinterest

This modern rustic living room incorporates many styles with its exposed wood beams, wood stove, plaster built-ins, and more contemporary seating. The neutral, almost washed-out palette is brought to life with deep purples.

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Lilac and lavender offer a dose of calm and relaxation.

On the flip side to the more regal, invigorating dark purples, lilac is more restive and soothing.

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Amelia Widell via Elle Décor

In some cases, it veers towards pale pink and the colour may read differently as natural and artificial light shifts throughout the day.

Yellow & Grey

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Yellow and grey…a new classic?

I feel as though both yellow and grey have long been accepted within interiors, both in combination and in tandem, as neither masculine nor feminine. However, Pantone includes the dynamic duo on their list of democratic colour.

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Yellow tones may come out through the natural woods used in a space, or from intentional accents.

Both hues can be used sparingly and even indirectly in interiors. Simply look at a paint fan deck to see how many other colours have undertones of grey and yellow. The same applies to natural wood tones.

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Shades of grey can add depth to neutral interiors that lean more heavily towards beige, cream, or even white, while yellow tones will bring vibrancy and life.

With neutrals returning to the forefront, thanks to their longevity, versatility, and lack of colour commitment, sunny yellows can brighten interiors to add another layer of comfort.

 

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