If you’re ready for a change from white, gray or a single bold hue, you’ll like this news out of the Paris trade fair
Since 1995, Maison & Objet has been the international meeting point for professionals in lifestyle, interiors and design. Twice a year, it brings together more than 3,000 exhibiting brands and nearly 90,000 visitors, almost half of whom come from other countries. We visited the Sept. 5-10, 2019, show at the Villepinte Exhibition Center to find talent and identify tomorrow’s trends. As we head into 2020, here are the eagerly awaited color trends.
Trendy and novel colors like burnt orange, olive green and blood red were well-represented. However, what we really noticed in the aisles of this September 2019 edition of Maison & Objet were the many color palettes. There were very few monochrome booths; many featured subtle color mixes based on analogous harmonies of three to five hues, combining primary and secondary colors, or triadic color contrasts.
A triadic color contrast is made up of any three colors that form an equilateral triangle on the color wheel, like the three primaries — blue, yellow and red, as in Mondrian paintings. An analogous harmony refers to the combination of neighboring colors on the color wheel, such as wine red, burnt orange and blood red.
These harmonious and contrasting combinations are sure to start appearing on walls soon.
Harmonies of warm and invigorating colors — burgundy, wine red, blood red, burnt orange, mustard and golden brown — create a look that’s sunny, energetic and perfect for revitalizing interiors. These are clearly the novel hues for this year.
Among the cool spectrum, it’s impossible to ignore this combination of shades of green. Fir green, the big color of 2019, still appears here and there, while the new green on the block is tinged with yellow and tends toward being a warmer khaki-olive.
These colors are timeless classics rather than novelties. However, there’s no better way to spice them up than to combine shades of these colors. Taupe (and onward through the spectrum to brown) has made a big comeback, and there are also mustard yellow, fawn and sienna. These reassuring palettes inspire cuddling up under a blanket.
This edition of Maison & Objet provided the answer to a crucial question: What matches khaki or olive green?
The bordeaux-with-green combination needs to be used with caution. It can easily slip into being a Christmas color scheme, but it changes its register when skillfully matched with olive, linden green, peacock blue, anthracite or beige.
Among blues, we’re seeing peacock blue, Klein blue and denim step into the limelight. We’ve seen a lot of blue in the past few years, but now blues as a whole seem to be in decline.
Matte, dull and earthy colors remain trendy, manifesting an affirmation of the desire for nature.
And note that the color harmonies and contrasts discussed above work for dark and light colors alike. It’s up to you to choose your combination, whether it’s olive, orange and coral, or almond green, powder pink and peach. Without a doubt, the future promises to be colorful!