“This season there is a move toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum. An eclectic, ethereal mix of understated brights, pale pastels and nature-like neutrals take center stage as designers draw from daydreams of simpler times. Remembrances of retro delights, folkloric and floral art, and the magical worlds of tropical landscapes restore a sense of well-being as we head into warmer months.
Many feel compelled to be connected around the clock because we are afraid we’ll miss something important. There is a growing movement to step out and create ‘quiet zones’ to disconnect from technology and unwind, giving ourselves time to stop and be still. Color choices follow the same minimalistic, ‘en plein air’ theme, taking a cue from nature rather than being reinvented or mechanically manipulated. Soft, cool hues blend with subtle warm tones to create a soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.”
Leatrice Eiseman Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®
I like this quote from Leatrice. I think especially after the hectic few days of Christmas – I cooked for nine family members for the first time, it went down rather well but was absolutely exhausting! – when the Christmas break actually kicked in, it was really nice to sit back and appreciate spare time and freeness. We’re so totally a part of this technological age of using our phone, and tablets, and social media for everything we do, whether we want to/like it or not, because yeah, I guess we are afraid of ‘missing out’. It’s a part of who we are now, how we communicate and how we promote our business, and everyone is doing it! So it’s no wonder really.
The Christmas holiday gave me a chance to catch up on those ‘real’ things that we tend to miss out on and forget about when we’re a part of the daily grind. Like reading an actual magazine, playing a tangible game with the family, have a real-time, face-to-face conversation with family and friends, going for walks and enjoying sleep.
I felt fresh, relaxed and focused by the time I returned to work in the New Year, and reading this review from Pantone made me think again about colour and trends for the New Year. I think this calm laid back, natural theme is a refreshing way to go. Not just in colour and trends but in personal ways and attitude. Simple, pared back and uncomplicated, minimal stress and appreciating the natural and real things around us, rather than virtual – this could be my New Year’s resolution.
I’ve found some images that I think represent this feeling, whether it’s inspiration for a wedding, general ideas or just something that makes you smile, I hope they add some calmness to your day!