Trendy Colors vs. Classic Color Schemes

Pantone recently announced it's new "2012 Color of the Year" which gets many people in the design community talking and sharing inspired ideas.  Pantone, which describes itself as "the authority on color, provider of color systems and leading technology for accurate communication of color" is one of many organizations and companies working in the field of color forecasting. 

Pantone offers a color system (used by many designers and graphic designers) so that a particular color can be identified precisely.  Instead of trying to describe a shade of red as "intense with a reddish-orange hue", a designer can specify Pantone 17-1463 and others within the industry will know the EXACT color.  As we all know, there are literally thousands of permutations of a particular color and getting it "just right" is important - critically important.

Pantone's 2012 Color of the Year, is Tangerine Tango.  Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute describes it like this ... “Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it.  Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline  rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

Tangerine Tango Pantone color of the Year 2012

Tangerine Tango color of the year

Sounds interesting and exciting, but regardless of the description, I often get asked, "How do I incorporate trendy colors into my kitchen or renovation project and yet keep it timeless for long-term style?"

The important thing to remember with color palettes for kitchen cabinetry and kitchens in general, is that cabinetry is not a soft good that can be easily and inexpensively updated with changing color trends.  Soft-goods like wall paint colors, accessories, throw pillows, side chairs, etc. CAN be easily updated and those are some of the areas to incorporate more daring colors.  Colors for cabinetry, carpet, countertops and large furnishings should perhaps be more classic and long-term color investments, but they can still be fashion-forward and cutting edge.

You'll notice that interior designers and color designers will usually use more neutral colors (like white, ivory, taupe, gray or brown) for kitchen cabinetry and flooring, and then use more daring, trendy colors for accessory or accent items.  At Dura Supreme, definitive trends in cabinetry colors right now are darker stain colors (like our Peppercorn, Cocoa Brown and Mocha), Greys (like our Peppercorn stain, Graphite Paint, Latte Paint or Silver Mist Paint) or shades of white paint that can be a neutral back drop for any color. 

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By the way, GREYS (in all shades) have definitely been on the rise and are very prevalent and attractive for all interiors - and they are an outstanding neutral color to showcase trendy accent colors.

While perusing images online, I came across this kitchen image which is an outstanding example of how a kitchen designer used a neutral color scheme for cabinetry, countertops and appliances (white and grey) and added a few accent pieces that showcase the very "now" color of Tangerine Tango.  Notice how easily the Tangerine can be changed in the future should the howeowner decide to update their color scheme a few years down the road. 

This is a great example of how a kitchen designer utilized a very fashion-forward color that the homeowner loved and worked it into a kitchen color palette that will be classic and lasting for the long term!

Tangerine Tango Pantone color of the Year 2012 used in an interior design

Coordinating Colors with the Pantone Tangerine Tango 2012 Color of the Year

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