Where do color trends come from?


Color trends and graphic trends tend to begin in the fashion industry. Why? Fashion designers are forced to design lines every quarter or with the change of the seasons. Unlike architecture that tends to take years to be produced after the initial design is realized, fashion has the ability to be produced in relatively quick turn around. Fashion week in Cities such as New York and Milan give a platform form for fashion designer, fashion houses, and labels to have a forum to communicate their design intent. It is this reason that designers of all sorts turn to the fashion world for emerging color trends.


Another source for designers is the Pantone color forecast which is released every year. Pantone recently released their 2014 home color predictions at The International Home and Housewares show in Chicago. The Style and Substance Pantone color forecast has something for everyone. There are no less than 9 color directions and 73+ colors, no matter what your style is you have to find something that appeals to you. “Consumers are becoming increasingly color savvy and color aware, said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. To successfully entice them, colors and color combinations must be appealing, evocative, transformative and most importantly, on-target.”  Here are a couple of groupings from Pantones Color Forecast for 2014.


Color Swatches