Every year, retailers, manufacturers and designers consult Pantone's forecast for trends that are later reflected in the colors you find on the bedding, pillows, curtains, furniture, kitchen appliances, stemware and other home products in stores.
The color forecast culls its picks from trends bubbling up in the culture, including fashion shows, art shows, and pop culture in the U.S. and around the world, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, tells DailyFinance.
Neutrals, such as greys, taupes and soft greens, make a strong showing on this year's list.
|New Old School||66 (17.6%)|
|Rugged Individuals||32 (8.5%)|
|Surface Treatments||37 (9.9%)|
|Out of the Ordinary||53 (14.1%)|
"Historically, when the economy is dicey, and people are concerned about how they're spending their money on big ticket items [such as furniture and carpeting] in particular, they are more inclined to buy neutral colors," which are more practical and timeless, she says.
At the same time, expect to see pops of bold colors on lower-priced home accessories such as placemats and pillows, as home furnishings suppliers and retailers look to meet consumers' desire to "have fun with color" on purchases that won't break the bank, she says.
Greens and blues also featured prominently. Those tend to be perennial favorites, because shoppers, particularly in coastal markets, are drawn to shades found in nature, which also connote "zen, and something we can rely on," Eiseman says.
Here are Pantone's nine directional palettes for 2013: