Connie's Corner

Tips from Waypoint's award-winning designer
January 21, 2013

Colors of the Year 2013


Every year various manufacturers and color experts select a color of the year, something they think will have an impact on the way people look at color and what they want to buy. I have researched three different colors. Which is your favorite?

Pretty in yellow? I think so. It’s Benjamin Moore’s Lemon Sorbet 2019-60, which the company has announced as its 2013 color of the year. According to Sonu Matthew, ASID, IIDA and Benjamin Moore’s senior interior designer, the color palette for next year will be dominated by pastels, which may provide some people a welcome break from the “super-saturated and strong hues” that are currently in vogue. I would love to see this color on the walls of a kitchen with painted white cabinets. Refreshing!

Pantone, a world-wide color authority is famous for developing a standard language for color from product inception to manufacturing. Last year they predicted Tangerine Tango as their color of the year 2012 and I saw the color everywhere in fashion. This year, their choice is Emerald 17-5641 which they describe as verdant, lush, prosperous and universally appealing. I think this color will do well in home interiors and already am seeing tableware and linens heading in that direction. The continued interest in all things environmental make any shade of green appealing.

The Color Marketing Group (CMG) with headquarters in Alexandria Virginia is made up of color professionals from various industries that gather yearly in workshop-like environments to discuss color trends and influencers. Their color of the year is RE-BLUED. Blue is a perennial favorite of all demographics and ages. This year’s color gives a deep richness to an old favorite. The RE part of the name is tied to various trends such as REcycling, REnewal and REwinding.

How will these beautiful colors be used and which will you see in the market in 2013? Only time will tell.

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces