Colour of The Year 2017 - By 100 Best Interior Designers!!!
The season began with a good deal of anticipation about the Colour that will wear the crown this year and adorn our homes and interiors. Pantone has already announced Greenery 15-0343, a refreshing new shade, symbolic of new beginnings as their choice. Dulux declared Denim Drift, a timeless and versatile grey-blue tint, as their Numero Uno choice. Sherwin Williams went with the timeless, classic Poised Taupe, while Shadow—a rich, royal amethyst was Benjamin Moore’s selection and Farrow & Ball named Peignoir, a dreamy, hazy grey-pink, as their favorite hue this year. We conducted our own independent online survey where we sought the opinion of world renowned designers about the Color of the Year, 2017. We received varying views from designers who sent in their favourites as well as their individual predictions for this year. The survey covered about 350 Design experts worldwide, and we were overwhelmed by the spontaneous replies we received that helped us put together this brilliant piece and convey their predictions to a wider audience. ** Update ** Check Our Colour of the Year 2018 article, to know more about trending Colours in Interiors in 2018
Highlighted here are their views purely in order of the emails received from the experts!!
Meredith HeronMeredith Heron Design | www.meredithheron.com
“At Meredith Heron Design we’ve been using Navy as a staple for about a decade. It’s our favourite neutral, and now the world has seemed to have caught on to it. Of course, in our desire to stay ahead of the game, we’re morphing navy as our staple colour into what we call either a rich Tourmaline or a Mallard Green. Not quite dark green, not quite navy, but the perfect landing spot between the two. We are currently using it in a high gloss lacquer for a kitchen we are designing in a historical home in Toronto’s, The Annex neighbourhood”.
“It’s Pantone 546U for me. Like Navy, everyone looks good in it, and it plays so well with other shades. We have it paired with golds and champagnes in another project. Super luxurious and deeply satisfying”!
Mary Douglas DrysdaleDrysdale Inc. | www.marydouglasdrysdale.com
“I certainly think that neutrals have had their moment, and it has been ushered in, as a welcome choice. With minimalism on the wane and maximalist on the rise, the richness of colour, for all interior surfaces, is appropriate. I think that we are ready for blue again. My choice for the Blue of 2017 is Pantone 18 3932 - TPG named Marlin. This shade is an unexpected Blue, with a dollop of Purple; it creates an effect of both comfort and romance. At once is familiar and fresh. Also, its a lovely colour to use in both modern and traditional interiors. Feeling the blue this year”!
Patti JohnsonPatti Johnson Interiors | www.pattijohnsoninteriors.com
“I predict much more blues for 2017. Although the Colour of the Year for Pantone is Greenery, I feel it won't catch on in a big way. Even though the industry has seen a fair amount of blues over the past 2-3 years, consumers are now embracing vibrant blues”!
My pick is Pantone 295 XGC GRAPHIC COLOR
For Interior Design: PANTONE 19-4033 TCX POSEIDON!!
Alison GreenTwist Interiors | www.twist-interiors.co.uk
“From an exotic orange to a bright green to a timeless neutral, let yourself be inspired by rich, wonderful hues selected by Pantone that will uplift any project, whether you want to go bold, or simply add an accent colour”. My favourites for 2017 are: Pantone 18-0107 Kale and Pantone 19-4045 Lapis Blue
Amanda GatesGates Interior Design | www.gatesinteriordesign.com
“Green will be the biggest trend in the next two years. As our lives get more hectic and stressful, many of us will start looking to our spaces for serenity. My top pick of the moment for 2017 is Sherwin Williams SW4072 Cedar Green. This is an extremely healing colour. As an integrative, holistic Feng Shui practitioner, I know that this is also a great Feng Shui colour to heal a home”!
Kerrie KellyKerrie Kelly Design Lab | www.kerriekelly.com
“We’ve always said that navy blue is the colour of the decade. We see shades of Pantone’s Navy Blue (19-3832) splashed on walls as a bold accent colour, on upholstered pieces like chairs and sofas to make a statement, and weaved into area rugs to anchor any room in bright and beautiful colour”.
Kim JohnsonDesire to Inspire | www.desiretoinspire.net
“We'd go with a Deep Forest Green – 5535.”
Julia BuckinghamViola! PR and Design LLC | www.violapranddesign.com
Blush Pink is the ultimate glamour color for 2017. Its soft and fresh and fun at the same time~ very Modernique! And juxtaposed with warm neutral like gray and sand it’s perfect for any room in the home; but especially a dressing room. Who doesn’t look better in the mirror when surround by this shade?!
Elisabetta RizzatoER INTERIOR DESIGN | www.italianbark.com
“I can say that it will be a green but not greenery but Pantone Kale - 180107, I'm sure also dusty pinks will be very popular, it can be Pantone 14-1316”.
“Farrow & Ball Ammonite 274 is the colour. It’s not Grey, and it’s not Taupe, it’s the perfect blend of both. Grey is too cold, and Taupe is too boring. Their hybrid is perfect”!!
Dean KeyworthArmstrong Keyworth Ltd | www.armstrong-keyworth.co.uk
“I think Turquoise (RAL 6033) will be big in 2017. Cool enough to work as a dramatic background on walls, but also perfect a sophisticated accent colour in a more neutral scheme”.
Kate St. JamesThe Design Works | www.katestjames.com.au
“My pick for 2017 is Pantone Biscay Bay 18-4726 - a beautiful greenish blue that works with our wonderful Australian land and seascapes, a true favourite of mine”!
Sam KingLime Lace | www.limelace.co.uk
“Here at Lime Lace we are focusing on all shades of green in 2017; not only is green calming and sophisticated, but it also adds a botanical look to our homes which is another big trend in interiors for 2017! Pantone has recently released a fresh & zesty bright green called Greenery 15-0343. For something more calming I would also recommend 18-0107 Kale which is a neutral foliage-based green. Go bold and create a statement green wall in your home or just introduce green through the use of plants, cushions and textiles”.
Carrie OesmannBailiwick Interior Design | www.bailiwickdesign.com
“As an interior designer, with a wide client base, I feel that Royal Blue will be in trend of 2017! Clients are looking for a more sophisticated palette, but one that works well with their existing pops of colour and previous accent colour selections. Royal Blue offers the solution for easy blending and stands on its own, as well! Although there are several options in this range, Pantone 281 is a good place to start”.
Judith HarropJudith Harrop | www.judithharrop-interiordesign.co.uk
“Pantone colour of the year PANTONE 15-0343 may look lovely and fresh on their promo video, but I can categorically state that it won't be finding its way into my design schemes. We will be working primarily with Inky Dark Blues and Deep Teals with Rust and Orange accents. I don't care for Rose Gold but the warmer metals, brass, antiqued brass and bronzes are being introduced heavily into our schemes. I think pinning things down to one shade is always difficult though’ different trends are pointing at different colour palettes; tribal is big, works with mustardy yellows and earth tones, industrial is still a big trend according to our trip to Maison et Object. So dirty greys, reds and dark blues still here...At high luxury end of black and gold was very apparent”. Pantone reference: 5463, 5473, 125
Denise SmithDenise Smith Designs | www.denisesmithdesigns.com
“Grey is that I've used numerous times over the years. It's always an easy option and always neutral regardless of which shade of Grey you use. Designers are tiring of it at this stage, but it's always essential to have a ‘go to’ neutral shades that can be applied to most homes. I'm favouring at the moment Farrow and Ball Skimming Stone 341. The shade I've been using off late is Navy Blue. It's the most amazing colour and again neutral. I use it as a backdrop for my client’s artwork, mirrors and furniture. It's a classic colour. It doesn't overpower a room it simply enhances the furniture and objects that are already there. Try Hague 30 from Farrow and Ball”.
Félicie le DragonFélicie le Dragon | www.felicie-le-dragon.com
“My shade for 2017 is Dark Sapphire. I always loved dark shades because they magnify the surroundings: colours, materials, items... You can mix and match everything you want when you have a deep colour like Dark Sapphire. Under the sunlight, you will see the blue reflects, deep like the soul. Just add Silver, Gold, Copper, a glimpse of warm White or Mustard Yellow, and that's it! You have a luxury Parisian spirit”.
Denise McGahaDenise McGaha Interiors | www.denisemcgaha.com
“I believe the shade that will rule in interior design is a Plummy or Burgundy. This goes beautifully with the grey palettes we have seen the past five years, but offers a richer, more dignified companion than the bright yellows and oranges of the past”. Benjamin Moore–Radicchio-CC-32
Martyn WhiteMartyn White Designs | www.martynwhitedesigns.com
“We all know that green is going to be big for 2017, but I think it is the darker shades that will prove to be the most popular. People are becoming more daring, using darker and richer colours to decorate with. I think a shade such as PANTONE P 131-15 U has what it takes to be a popular colour for the year, it has a warmth and richness without being too overpowering and can look fantastic in almost any room”.
P 131-15 U
Stefania SkrabakArt • Home • Garden, LLC | www.arthomegarden.com
“I believe we are going to continue with warm light dusty tones--whether they are a mauve, green, taupe, pink or tan. If I had to pick one, I would say warm Taupe Beige for interiors just taking the edge off the stark white trend”. PANTONE P 1-9 C
P 1-9 C
Carlotta Bertaunprogetto | www.unprogetto.com
“I think that the colour which will dominate in interiors in 2017 will be PANTONE 13-1404 Pale Dogwood.”
Sharon C PettPett & Associates, LLC | www.pettandassociates.com
“Reflecting current mood: Benjamin Moore Shadow 2117-30.”
Julia MackJulia Mack Design | www.juliamackdesign.com
“I have found that a saturated Teal Blue is the perfect counterpoint to the very popular grey/taupe and black trends of recent interior design directions. Taking a page from the apparel industry, teal blue speaks to soft peach, pale green and baby blue by grounding these pastels and brightening up sombre greys, taupes and black. It’s not too feminine or girly and is the perfect counterpoint to warm wood tones from a natural ash to a dark walnut”. This is my selection: Pantone 308 U
Athina BluffTopology Interiors | www.topologylondon.co.uk
“My choice would be PANTONE 17-4123 aka NIAGARA. It’s a rich, deep hue of a Teal Esq colour. With the influence of people like Abigail Ahern, interiors are slowly erring away from the standard white, and we are getting bolder with our designs. Now people flock towards darker shades which add depth and cosiness. I expect to see this shade a lot throughout 2017, and not just because it’s the colour on my walls!”
Lori DennisLori Dennis | www.loridennis.com
“Blue has officially made its mark as a neutral in 2017, and we couldn't be more pleased. It goes with everything! We've been seeing Indigo Blue for a couple of years now, and it's definitely here to stay. Blue Denim is also making a strong comeback to create a more laid-back feel to a space. Our favourite colour combinations that go well with blue are Seafoam, Cream, touches of Black, Heather Grey and Emerald or Malachite Green. Throw in a pop of fuschia and you're set!”
Anna CrottAJD Interiors | www.ajdinteriors.com.au
“I have been saying now for a while, that Green is the new Black. A client, who was re-doing her bathroom later part of 2016, asked me what was the latest colour trend, to which I replied that you’ll see more and more of Green. Her response was, “then I can keep my bathroom as is (with a giggle)” as it was an original 1960’s green.”
“Even indoor plants are used more again (like in the 70’s 80’s), green velvet sofas or armchairs look stunning. Pantone’s predictions are on my wavelength (Pantone 18-107 Kale) also Orange (Pantone 17-1462 Flame) I love, which is red based and the other shade which is a favourite is a Blue, Pantone 17-4123 Niagara, which I used in a Project called Coastal Elegance, late last year.”
Eileen JohnstonEileen Johnston Interiors | www.ejinteriors.co.uk
“I am seeing much more colour now being asked of me, and the new design fabric books that I am being shown by representatives of fabric companies, are showing bold new shades, from Orange, Bright yellows, bold flower fabrics with lots of shades within them. Romo’s Black edition has just brought out a fabulous new book by the name of Kaleido, where you can see the use of colour is brought in, in very complementary ways. My clients are still going with greys, but are mixing the grey with some of the bolder shades; I like the following Pantone shades. 13-0755 17-1463 and 172034.”
Kiran S HKredenza interior studios | www.kredenza.in
“My choice for the year 2017 will be Cyan/Turquoise and shades of the same. I name these shades of cyan/turquoise as "the colour of nature". Cyan is an out of the box colour. When it is used for all styles of interiors such as classical, rustic or even modern, proves to be aesthetically outstanding colour, making interiors look fresh, subtle and very attractive. Even when this shade is used for finishing off any furniture, looks rich and one cannot take their eyes off it! A tint of cyan shade makes interiors look flamboyant and stylish as it is a reflection of nature. So definitely this shade will dominate 2017”!
Jason BonhamBonham Interior | www.bonhaminterior.com
"We have recently been doing a mix of soft greys, mid green greys and darker greens into the teal tones. Pantone 309U. This would best represent some of the work we have been doing in the high end residential market. We find the use of the darker tones in our spaces create a feeling of luxury, depth and layering with a variety of more reflective finishes and surfaces, such as chrome, brass, glass which in turn lighten and bounce the colour around the spaces . Modern Art, custom furniture, rich textured fabrics, velvets and wovens also add to the decadent and personalised environments so many of our clients are seeking."
Amy KalikowAmy Kalikow Design | www.amykalikowdesign.com
“We love moody colours for 2017, whether they are blues, greys or plums, the deeper and moodier the better. Deep shades are rich and bring about a warm feeling to any room. Take a chance and be bold this season!” 275C, Pantone 19-3830 TCX, 2380CP
Kate MartinRethink Interiors | www.rethinkinteriors.co.uk
Kate Martin of Rethink Interiors Ltd believes “It is not so much a single colour that will reign in 2017, but more tones that are strong and sophisticated – those that embrace outgoing personalities and make a bold statement! One colour we are seeing coming through in a lot of our Supplier palettes is PANTONE 18-6330 TPX Juniper and a darker, richer green PANTONE 19-5408 TCX Bistro Green. 2017 will continue to embrace the maximalist look!”
“As we are primarily an office fit out company, our prediction may differ with Residential purpose. Since 1975, I predict that the wall will be painted in Pantone shade 420, and false ceiling in Pantone shade 413. One or two walls can be painted in a solid colour for better effect”.
Liam MooneyLiam Mooney Studio | www.liammooney.co.za
I'd say shades of Greige
Angela SteynAngela Steyn & Co. | www.angelasteyn.com.au
“We run our business from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, so fresh coastal shades are always big for us. This year we predict Pantone Island Paradise will be popular with our clients”.
Kimberley RichmondBeautiful Spaces | www.beautifulspaces.co.za
“My all-time favourite right now is Blue. I know it has been around from last year, but the variation is a more toned down version of it. It is almost a grey/dirty blue which is stunning and very classy. The reference for this shade is Midas YSTR-06203 and its called Scaffold plank, and is great for feature walls and creating a "wow" effect in a room. That along with greys and lime green will definitely be my go-to colours for 2017”.
Nisrine EL LababidiHarf Noon Design Studio | www.harfnoondesignstudio.com
“So in my opinion, although Pantone's Greenery 15-0343 has been named colour of the year, I feel that a more toned down version of that like Pantone 18-0119 Willow Bough is a bit more sophisticated when applied on interiors and especially in a matte finish on walls. It's trans-seasonal and easily complements any colour”.
Charlene SchumacherFresco Interiors design group Inc. | www.frescointeriors.ca
“We feel the bold Deep Blue - Pantone 2738 XGC -will be widely embraced for its luscious, rich colour. It feels refreshingly modern with its strong, brilliant colour, yet luxurious when applied to textural fabrics such as velvets and faux furs. We love the way it complements polished gold accents!”
Nora DieppeDieppe Design | www.dieppedesign.com
“After researching the recent fashion runways and reading many other home blog predictions, I have selected PANTONE 11-2409 TCX Delicacy, which I believe will harmonise well with soulful greens, sleek greys and metallics, all set to be a hit for this 2017 too.”
Arjan Nijen TwilhaarAiden T | www.aiden-t.com
“Its very hard to pinpoint to only one colour, but in all my proposals for upcoming year, I see myself putting in a lot of teal or peacock blue hues. And that is mostly for accent colours for a side chair, artwork and other soft furnishings. The overall trend for me is going with slightly warmer tones – with neutral beige on the walls and deeper wood colours on the floor. So, if I have to pare it down to a Pantone shade, it would be 3145U. It is a shade that can match a wide range of other hues and is timeless as well.”
Ruben RossouwBlock Plan Architecture and Interior Design | www.blockplan.co.za
“I’m looking forward to seeing the very popular pastels that we’ve had this past year evolve into more interesting shades. I’ll be using lots of greens, and my choice for 2017 is 50JJ 23085. It’s a quiet colour that fascinates me. It’s the shade you see when poplar or blue gum leaves catch the sunlight. I would name it Poplar.”
Anna-Carin McNamaraANNA CARIN design | www.annacarindesign.com.au
“I think lots of brown like Farrow & Balls Salon Drab no 290 and Mahogany 36.”
Eily RoeEily Roe Interiors | www.eilyroeinteriors.ie
“Forget 50 shades of anything, its 40 shades of green this year. But in Ireland, we are hesitant about using it in our homes, as a lot of verdant greens are ubiquitous in our land and culture, and our eyes have grown weary of them. Bring on Pantone 5467 a deep green which creates a cloak of invisibility when used externally and is a beautiful backdrop to rose gold and brass in interiors, evoking stately homes and Irish wolfhounds by a roaring fire”.
Fabiola AvelinoFABIOLA AVELINO INTERIORS | www.fabiolaavelino.com
“The hottest colour trend in 2017 is Pantone 364 C. Emerald green is coming in super-hot!”
Joe HumanDesigns By Human | www.dbhuman.com
“We have chosen Pantone 17-4123 TPX Niagara as a colour that will dominate 2017. Various shades of Blue are already becoming popular, and I think calming shades such as Niagara will be used as spaces become subtly bolder, getting out of the grey and neutral phase. We expect it to be used through wall as well as smaller accents”.
Ellen KennonEllen Kennon | www.EllenKennon.com
“I'm finding that Complex Neutrals are still the most popular shades with both my decorating and paint clients. Complex neutrals are what I call "no colour colours". They are more like misty, atmospheric backdrops that are so subtle and chameleon-like that you find yourself constantly trying to figure out exactly what shade it is! Examples are Pumice, Mushroom, Gustavian Grey, Merlin's Mist, Avalon Mist, full spectrum paints that have many pigments and because of the number of pigments, they pull together a variety of furnishings.”
Kiran SinghStudio Kiran Singh | www.kiransingh.co.uk
“As I am a lover of pink, I think Pantone’s ‘Diva Pink’ – Pantone Smart 16-165OTN would be lovely to see.”
Alena ChikurnikovaAlenaC Design | www.alenacdesign.com
“Seeing what people like and choose for their homes, there is one shade which is on a high request. Unfortunately, I don't work with Pantone, but in Dulux, it is Denim Drift. This shade became favourite for many people. Also, I can say that rich tones of grey, teal, chocolate brown, leafy green and mustard show a good perspective to be seen in many interiors during 2017. I like to see that people slowly start to use more rich paint tones and become braver on choosing unpredictable colours for the feature and accent walls.”
Tina DybaDiva Interior Concepts | www.divainteriorconcepts.com
“2017 Color Trends in Fashion and Home Décor will be an assortment of Blues – especially Navy Blue.” Pantone: 19-3964 Monaco Blue and Pantone: 19-4030 True Navy, coordinating with Pantone 12-0000 White Swan and 13-0002 White Sand. Upholstery, case goods, decorative accessories are using these shades to blend with the Classic and Rustic Contemporary trends.”
Peggy ScintaScinta Designs | www.scintadesigns.com
“I love to see pink used as a neutral, with traditional design, modern or even mid-century modern design. Pink and derivatives of the colour can be sophisticated and serious as well as playful depending on the application. Pink tends to be a happy shade, and we are inspired by happy expectations for 2017. My personal favourite would be Fairy Tale Pink/13-2802”.
Audrey MargariteBunny Williams Home | www.bunnywilliamshome.com
“After years of jewel tones like emerald green and orchid purple dominating design, I think people are in need of a breath of fresh air. Pantone 12-5203 TPX, Murmur, has interest but is not overpowering. Its slight blue/grey cast is more dynamic than white. But, Murmur has the same calming effect as a soft white.”
Salissa BusattoSalissa Busatto | www.salissabusatto.com
“Selected: Dark Blue - PANTONE 19-4035”
“I believe this is the 'blue year'! As an Interior Designer, I can see the strong tendency of shades of blue in interiors in 2017. I have selected the soft and sophisticated Dark Blue colour 19-4035, which I believe is a perfect match with luxurious designs. The shade goes softly and perfectly with the trend brass and copper furniture. Create a mix of blue in your house and play around with loads of colour combinations”.
Nicola ManningNicola Manning Design | www.nicolamanningdesign.co.nz
“I have chosen a gorgeous green/blue colour called Peabody from Dulux NZ. I love the beautiful blues which are so current at the moment, but complementing these in 2017 will be rich shades of green and more blurring of the lines between blue and green. Colours of this depth are made to be put together with the brass, copper and gold lighting and accessories that are so on trend.”
Natasha SanchezFeatured Interiors, LLC | www.featuredinteriors.com
“Many of my clients have been requesting blues, navy specifically. One colour I have used frequently is from Sherwin Williams, SW6244 Naval. And bronze metals are very close behind. I project that dark blues will be dominant in 2017.”
Chaz ReidL'adorabelle Interiors | www.ladorabelle.com
“I foresee heaps of exciting changes happening in 2017 in regards to colour trends. I focus specifically on nursery designs and have just written a blog on this. My predictions for 2017 are Olive Green, Mustard and Teal. Seriously yummy shades!”
Sapna AggarwalANSA INTERIOR DESIGNERS | www.ansainteriors.com
"The colour trending this year is the Pantone Greenish. With the city life increasing and the siemens of greenery decreasing, this year this seems the concept would be to get outside inside and add some freshness to the dull and boring city life. The Pantone code is Greenery 15-0343."
Allison JaffeAllison Jaffe Interior Design | www.allisonjaffe.com
“I'm going with a green peacock blue”.
Joanne KellyThink Contemporary | www.thinkcontemporary.ie
“The shade that we think will dominate interiors this year is Dusky Pink, Pantone 509C”.
Clare MortonStudio Morton | www.studiomorton.com
“It won't dominate initially, but I think we will see Purple coming through in interiors towards the end of 2017. A Pantone suggestion 266C.”