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A color palette to match fashion trends

What colors are they predicting we'll fall in love with? Color Marketing Group, the leading international nonprofit association of color-design professionals, has been accurately predicting color trends for more than 45 years. Their predictions seem worth looking at. Scripps Howard News Service

Purple: It's a hot fashion color this year and has been in the limelight since last fall. Grayed-out violets are in and they work very well as an accent or as a neutral. Some redder, plummier purples are making an appearance. CMG tells us that purple is the "must have" color in 2009.

Blue: Green was the big deal in the past with all the green-living push we've had, but now it's blue. And the blues that are popular include watery blues and sky blues mostly, but just about any blue you might choose will fit into the color trend for this year and a few more years to come.

Gray: Grayed-out browns and plain old grays are the new sophistication in color. The reason given for the craving for these hues is the economy. An economically challenged economy begs for complex grays. These grays also bridge the area between black and brown where black is too harsh yet brown is not strong enough.

Yellow: It's popular again. After all, yellow against gray is eye-popping. Here again, the droopy economy begs for vivid and energetic colors to lift us up. Remember back in the '80s when gray and yellow were very much "in"?

White: It's the new business color. Even corporate boardrooms are showing white in their decor. Technology has given us practical finishes, allowing us to use white in just about any setting. We are seeing matte instead of gloss. We see textured whites instead of smooth whites. The psychological reason given for our new craving for white, particularly in business atmospheres, is that white represents purity of thought, motive and result. Something we crave and are looking for in business more than ever now.

Mauve: It's back. Say it ain't so! The CMG tells us that this old color looks new again in dusty violet shades. It works as an accent, but also serves as a neutral.

One of the most difficult tasks a designer has is making an old decor look new, particularly if the owners love the old and want only to upgrade some things. Finding the perfect match in fabrics and accessories is almost impossible when a color fades from fashion. Now with these old colors coming back, perhaps this is the time to upgrade without having to redo the entire decor.

A color palette to match fashion trends 04/30/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 30, 2009 4:31am]

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