From the ongoing love of minimalism to a newfound fascination with maximalism, commercial design trends continue to evolve in a wide range of directions. Emerging color trends tend to jump off the runway and into the living room or board room in short order, and given the frequency with which fashion changes, it’s not surprising that each year brings brand new looks as well as exciting twists and turns to to the classics. Here’s a look at the color trends that promise to take the lead in 2018.
Purple Will Reign
Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year is unarguably bold and quite beautiful. Pantone describes Ultraviolet as a “dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade” that “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” We find this vibrant hue to be both energetic and inspirational.
The Dark Side
Moodier tones and shadowy hues will make their mark in 2018. Deep, comforting colors offer a welcome escape from the chaos of daily life and can add a modern luxe vibe to spaces.
The popularity of Minimalist design continues to thrive and grow because it just works. Minimalism is an especially great look for commercial spaces because it offers a clean and timeless look, allowing for the design to breathe and get the message across to a diverse audience. While monochromatic color palettes are not necessarily synonymous with minimalism, we see a lot of minimalist design schemes in calming tonal interiors that layer shades of the same color.
Definitely a newcomer style, Maximalism is a move away from the Scandinavian-inspired minimalism that has been (and continues to be) so dominant. The look is bursting with contrasting prints and patterns in a mix of colors.
Cheerful, sunny rooms are trending again with a range of yellow shades from pale butters to dark mustard cropping up everywhere.
Strong & Bright
Another big color trend this year is heading more and more toward strong and bright shades. This embracing of vivid color goes hand in hand with a return to the interior design style of the eighties with its favoring of strong colors over pastels.
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