As a trend studio we are very lucky to be looking both ways! When we look at future directions, they are always rooted in early signals, in the here and now. What a rollercoaster year of change it has been! Continuing polarities in political, economic and environmental changes leave their mark on culture, people’s behavior and in emerging trends. As we all seek to navigate the future, let’s see what went down with color and style this past year! We have some visual graphs of what people looked at, liked and loved to take home with them all of this past year.
Color always makes people happy. Even living rooms have seen amplification in use of hues! People have used deep relaxed blues with an Artistic styling for living rooms. Tropical Modern homes have been a big trend, with lighter natural light filled spaces, using fresh greens and prints full of foliage and botanical references. This year we also wove neutrals into our color schemes. Trendy yellows with graphic neu neutral. We saw a softer styling of industrial furniture with woods stained down to a soft colored grey. Neutral tones gave the rooms an instant contemporary chic.
Trends in food are a great marker of what is becoming mainstream. People just can’t seem to get enough of the sweet-stuff. Delectable colors of mint, coral and cream were top picks by chefs and home cooks alike. Cake stands, ramekins, jugs and mugs made table settings oh so pretty! A flip side saw a huge interest in regional cusine and specialty cooking. So small plates, unusually shaped unfurling white platters, became the canvas for degustation. Studio pottery, with sumptuous glazes that looked like cosmic orbs, in rich reds and mossy grey greens were a dramatic backdrop to food; with shimmering cutlery in copper and iridescence the highlight!
To some, bedrooms are a silent private zone, while to others a cozy, intimate den. This remains the room in which we are most ready to experiment with colors. Harmonious rooms, with a close color connect seemed to be trending. Bedrooms have become so personal, that almost all color families abound, the reds, the greens, blues yellows and neutral tones. For a silent zone, smoky cerebral colors of grey black and white gave us all the neutrality required. A need for rest coupled with radiance took us to a fresh palette of yellow and greens. Bedrooms are about intimacy and also about caring. Soft colors of peach and aqua together are like a tender touch to the skin and a gender-neutral combination. Quirky color pop accent in reds on the bed became a talking point for when we were ready to break silence!
Freedom Tree's latest range of lamps takes a cue from refined industrial-style living. They have a poise that fits right in into the chic aesthetic of a modern Indian home. With names inspired by astronomical instruments and constellations, the lamps are designed to take you Into The Light this festive season.
Freedom Tree's new range of luxurious woven tweeds is an code to the turn of season
The exquisite textures are slubbed and variegated in color, mirroring the calm of nature.
Add some instant cosiness and a dash of fun to your sofa or bed with these warm tweed throws with the pom poms.
In India, Colors have always been interwoven with Indian traditions and heritage since time immemorial. From symbolic colors worn, to those for festivals. How does a ‘traditional’ scenario adapt to trendy colors when we talk of a new India, in step with the world?
Globally, Color forecasters pick up trends from the happenings in society which inevitably affect people. They also pull information from a variety of sources and piece it together. Always keeping their antenna alert, searching for whats hot, whats new.
Source : AkzoNobel Global
For 2016 we find ourselves at a unique crossroads in time where we can see the advantage both of tradition and also of modern innovation. Digital and modern techniques are here to stay but we look for inspiration from the past to be able to design for the future. Looking Both Ways – with Cherished Gold being identified as the color that best connects all the keys trends for the year.This theme of duality is the driving influence for 2016, according to the Colorfutures team at Akzo Nobel. Freedom Tree’s founder, Latika Khosla is one of the leading design and color experts who develop these ideas at the Global Aesthetic Center.
An OCHRE GOLD as the color of this year is also a color easy to bring into Indian homes. The trend leans towards warmer metal tones. If we look to the past, a patina gold from ancestral paintings and the aged luster of glass, is the inspiration. A hint of the metallic gold can be brought into the interior on décor objects; an aged mirror frame or a gently lustrous hammered lamp base. The intent is to keep the metallic gold influence subtle and chic when bringing it into contemporary homes.
OFF THE GRID
We increasingly seek the appeal of going ‘off grid’ in order to find oneself in the modern world. Digital dependence values the chance to produce something physical and tangible. We need boundaries in which to live, even if we seek to rebel against them; freedom is only understandable within the context of a framework.
When OCHRE GOLD is bright enough to attract attention, we could use it as a solid color statement in contrast with balancing hues. Unexpectedly in the modern context, ochre combines beautifully with a trend of pastel colors.
The refreshing energy that immediately gets noticed. For a smooth transition, these pastel tints of peach, sage green, duck egg blue are held back by black and white grids and geometries that are simple.
Look out for this cherished gold color tone not only in home décor but spot its applications in graphic design, architecture, fashion and beauty.