Monday, September 20, 2010

Sneak Peek ~ 2011 Color Trends

A sneak peek at color trends for 2011, courtesy of Sherwin Williams.  Take a look at these offerings, some of which still look familiar, and see which is your favorite.

2011 trends.gentle-medley.swGENTLE MEDLEY ~ FRESH. AIRY. INNOCENT.
Hard times call for soft colors: the hint of green in a spring leaf bud; the chalky blush of a seashell; the time-etched beauty of a vintage fabric or photograph. Fashion has turned a romantic, nostalgic corner, bringing pastels and parchment-pale neutrals back into the palette. The hues are innocent without being sweet — flirty, yet not feminine. They reflect not just a yearning for youthful innocence and gentler times, but also a refreshing honesty and lack of pretension that are thoroughly modern.


Thanks to the Internet, everyone now has a passport to wander the world, soaking up its flavors, images and colors, and stirring them into an eclectic global design stew. Morocco and Turkey are making their presence felt, but there’s no need to stop there. Today’s adventurers feel free to sample from anywhere and everywhere, pairing Persian paisleys with exotic animal skins and Indonesian batiks. Colors, too, wander all over the palette: from dusky darks, to hot vibrant pinks and reds, to earthy food-influenced hues that evoke eggplants and cabbages.


True luxury doesn’t shout its presence with glitz, glamour and bling. It whispers, revealing its pedigree through clean, classic lines, exquisite tailoring and handcrafted heirloom quality. Pared down is the new upscale, and its color palette demonstrates similar restraint, filled with understated neutrals, yet with nuances and undertones that interact in intriguing ways. Layering, organic textures and subtle detailing add to the natural elegance of this timeless look.


The city never sleeps. Neither do its colors.These high-energy hues vibrate with spontaneity and rebellion. Neon bright, graffiti bold and digitally enhanced to 3-D luminosity, they’re the colors of technology, of avant-garde art and of the entrepreneurial spirit that celebrates shaking off dull routine to do what you love. The eclectic global influences range from the Cynical Realism art movement of urban China to the carnival spirit of Rio de Janeiro, host of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Anything goes, and self-expression is the new metropolitan mantra.

I am drawn to both the Gentle Medley and Restless Nomad colors.  How about you?

Pictures and descriptions are from Sherwin Williams.


Anonymous said...

Ooohhhh. Kathy, how I love the Restless Nomad -- Sultry, Exotic, Primal. cha-cha-cha!!! The colors and patterns truly bring me to another place and I LOVE that place!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Restless Nomad with out doubt! Jumped right out at me!

Custom Rugs said...

I agree with you--both the Restless Nomad and the Gentle Medley are my favorites! I think I'm probably leaning towards Restless Nomad because it's fresh for fall!

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

neat sneak peak Kathy:)
I'm drawn to gently medley and bold blues are always carribean!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy, I love the restless nomad.It's pretty and soft...Kathy

Sonny G said...

gentle medley is my favorite. I like the nomad but would avoid the pink.. pink and I just dont get along:)

Unknown said...

I am always drawn to earthtones so I think the Restless Nomad is most like me. They are all beautiful.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Kathy,
I'm drawn to the gentle medley. I like soft, subdued colors.
We can always count on you to show us the very latest in home decor.


One Cheap B*tch said...

I love the blues in the second to last photo.


Pamela said...

Restless Nomad here!:) Love all the color!

Kim Coles said...

love love love :-)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Restless Nomad for sure!

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