All the Buzz About Color

If you are anything like me, you’ve been inundated with articles about color trends. They all say something different! …. and…. what are we supposed to do with all of that information?

Sometimes we can go into information overload and we just close our laptops and forget about it. After 5 or 6 times of trying to ignore it all, I have finally found a way to separate the information out into manageable chunks and created some exercises to help us absorb this into our work where it makes sense.

So here it goes! I’m sending this out in three sections:

  1. Color Trends 2020 for Fashion
  2. Color Trends 2020 for Interiors
  3. How does my artwork get influenced by these trends?

Let’s dive into FASHION first!

Probably the most influential set of information comes from Pantone and from the runways. Pantone is projecting the following colors for Spring/Summer 2020:

You can read about their take on this in their latest report here.

After staring at this set of swatches for a while (plus the neutrals which you can see at their website), my thought was that I couldn’t quite see the story. There are some bright colors, some softer colors, and some neutral colors; reds, blues, yellows, pinks, purple… not a lot of green or brown, or tans which were all part of the “back to nature” predictions. Fine. I won’t over-analyze this. I was talking to my mom this week and she asked how this compared to last year’s colors. Good Question!

Below are the 2019 Spring/Summer Colors by Pantone:

Comparing these two color sets, I see a few softer colors coming in (the Biscay Green/Acqua, Faded Denim, Coral Pink and Sunlight), I also see a purple (my favorite color – yay!). The bright coral is gone as are some of the greens and brown. It is still a very colorful palette and should give us a lot to play with.

Let’s see what is happening on the runways….

WHO WHAT WEAR wrote a piece on this topic, and sure enough, here are photos of the fashion runway clothing in… you guessed it…. these colors. The designers are certainly using the Scarlet Red, Biscay Green Faded Denim, Coral Pink, and that beautiful Saffron. Check out the pictures in their report: “The 7 Biggest Color Trends We’ll All Be Wearing in 2020“. I need a new wardrobe.

Another quick read for those who love to know MORE!

Glowsly has a nice report with both fashion photos and the color chips above PLUS  a few more variations (31 of them!). It also links to NYC and London Fashion Week reports. Get a cup of coffee and read on!

What do you think about these colors? How about the neutrals? Tell me what you love, don’t love and if/how you think this will affect your work! 

Stay tuned for the next post on 2020 Color Trends for 2020 INTERIORS.

p.s. I read at least another five articles on 2020 colors, and uh, they were all different. Take it all with a grain of salt and pick what you like!  At least the reports mentioned above are consistent and I do believe what shows up on the runways will definitely influence what you see in the stores next.

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