Trend Forecast: Country Colors For Spring 2016
Keep calm and enjoy yourself.
That seems to be the message coming from Pantone – the world’s foremost authority on color – about this spring’s color trends.
“Influenced by the world of art, the opening of global doors, and the desire to disconnect from technology and unwind, designers this season have gravitated toward a palette that is first and foremost calming,” Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman wrote recently. “Paying homage to the beauty of natural resources, colors emerging in the spring collections serve as vehicles that transport wearers to more tranquil, mindful environs which encourage relaxation first, followed by curiosity and exploration.” How perfect for those of us who love country decor. We’ve always enjoyed incorporating motifs from nature, and making our homes peaceful, cozy retreats.
Designers this season are embracing colors that are vibrant, but combined with quieting, classic and more natural shades.
“Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” said Eiseman.”With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation.”
This spring’s colors go beyond cultural and gender norms, Pantone says. In both men’s and women’s collections, the colors express a “desire to breathe and reflect, then play.”
Here are the top 10 colors for spring 2016, according to Pantone:
- Rose Quartz is a “persuasive yet gentle” light pinkish tone that “conveys passion and a sense of composure.” Think of “a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower.”
- Despite its name, Peach Echo reflects the fashion world’s love of orange. It’s a shade that “emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility.”
- Serenity is “a transcendent blue,” meant to provide feelings of calm and a “naturally connected sense of space.”
- Snorkel Blue “plays in the navy family, but with a happier, more energetic context.” This dark blue feels like a relaxation vacation.
- Limpet Shell is a mix of blue and green in a way that suggests “clarity and freshness, its crisp and modern influences evoke a deliberate, mindful tranquility.”
- Yellow is a prime summertime color, so it makes sense that Pantone’s put something called Buttercup – a vibrant, sunny shade — on their list.
- At the same time, there’s also a place for neutral colors in any season, which is where Lilac Gray – as the same suggests, grey with a lilac undertone – comes into play.
- Also on the neutral end of the scale: Iced Coffee, which comes with a “natural earthy quality” that is soft and subtle.
- With a name like Fiesta, you’d expect excitement, and you’d be right. This “strong and fiery yellow-based red, the vivid Fiesta provides a stark contrast to the calming, softer nature of this season’s palette.”
- Green Flash projects “an openness that combines with the rest of the palette in unexpected but serendipitous ways,” and suggests the way the natural world can influence urban environments.
So what does all this mean for country décor? Well, as they say in politics, it’s a big tent. There’s room in the country décor family for colors of every shade.
Farmhouse décor, for example, is a style that thrives on brighter colors, making it the perfect style for the livelier shades on this list. Other branches of the country décor family tree, such as primitive décor, will do better with more muted colors.
At Piper Classics, you’ll find colors and styles to match all your moods, regardless of the season.