Friday, February 3, 2023

COLOR Forecasts, much like Weather Forecasts?

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There is nothing that dates a home/room/office more that an outdated color scheme. 

Is anyone else SICK OF LIVING IN, looking at, or walking into some shade of gray, dirt gray, grungy gray, concrete gray, or even the bunny ear gray that is so soft and inviting, but after time is just blah!?

GRAY is safe...gray goes with everything, with all complexions, comes in a thousand shades of ugh...and well, every surface has been covered with it for almost a decade. 

Don't get me started on white on White on WHITE! I personally need color, I need to bring the outdoors in and on a a grubby winter day, MORE WHITE isn't my palette.

I'm a COLOR person---color on patterns, patterns on color, RUGS with color, almost ALL colors. Drapes with color, drawer liners with color ---COLOR is everywhere in my home and in my yard.

According to Better Homes and Gardens, each fall, paint companies and interior design experts predict the colors that will shape our homes in the coming year. While the hues of 2022 centered around back-to-nature shades of green, 2023 will be all about self-expression.



IF you  really want to see what will be in fashion in and home decor, check out the Pantone website which is all about color and where it will be used. Pantone makes the massive color book that paint samples come from---and their formulations. COLOR is their science as well what will be in fashion in the clothing world and home decor


This is a great url to the science of color...take a peek later, lol.

Last Fall's forecast for 2023 was a crock of Baby Poop brown. The trend setters have to work further in advance for all the manufacturers to jump on board with the IN colors, so that there are IN towels, rugs, dishes, glassware, draperies, furniture that all go with the PERFECT IN colors. 

Producing products can take as long as three years from drawing board to the store shelves, so---Pantone/BHG and all the others must work on the forecasts for at least that long. 

(Which comes first the TREND or the FORECAST?)

THIS IS WHY CUSTOM anything, has always been expensive---because those who can afford to jump on the newest trend before anyone else can, so maybe Trends make the Forecasts.

How do I know this?'s like this, 

You know what it's like to have your perfect shade of blue in your bathroom and then the next season everything changes, and replacing that thick gorgeous blue towel that someone used to wipe up the mud from a dog's feet ---is ruined. This throws your whole towel rack off balance and you can't replace that same color towel only three months after you bought it.

It is fun to note that the color has been declared to have some GUTS to it now. I'm not talking about bloody RED but, some colors with some "VIM and VIGOR" is what Pantone used to declare

Hang on to your hats, will this really FLY!? MAGENTAVERSE!

Wow, I love color, but what a definite break from gray/white. 

UPSIDE, it will look fabulous with gray...LOL.

 In fact their are four grays in name or color in the recommended in the Pantone palette of the MagentaVerse. Pantone has pronounced these the IN colors for this year. Gray Lilac and Plein Air aren't that big a step back from real grays, but you also have Gray Sand, or Agate Gray to be living with in 2023.

Agate Gray has a definite green tone, and Pale Khaki and Fields of Rye are grayed down versions of green. Pale Dogwood is reminiscent of the 1950's (dirty)Shell pink, and Gray Sand is just plain old dirty Gold from the 1980's. 

BRAVE not really---Lots of Color only ONE___
Viva Magenta

Lets take a closer look at BHG's forecast
whose article on 2023 Paint colors really reflect what's made for 
Home Decor World by different manufacturers.

MINWAX declared Aged Barrel the stain for 2023. Pretty much not dark, not light, but shades of in between---SAFE, like a wet a stable floor, for all those wishy-washy grayed colors.


Krylon declared this Spanish Moss to be the color for them. Again, safe---natural---and on definitely on most pieces of outdoor furniture in the last century. I've painted over this color on my great grandmother's wicker furniture (circa 1920-30's), it is on our 25-year old garden swing. In the 1950's my mom's living room furniture was covered in green bark cloth. I used this color on my lattice displays in the 1980's for my art shows,  as well as my garden bench in the 1990's. 
A blend of this color has probably been their best seller for 70 years or more. Now in this shade in velvet, or chenille type fabrics, or leather it would be amazing on living room furniture.


Benjamin Moore's choice is Raspberry Blush----makes your mouth water, reminiscent of a fabulous Mango/Raspberry Daiquiri.
 I could see this in quite a few kitchen dining areas, and definitely as accent pieces.
I call this pretty BRAVE and real COLOR!


Dunn & Edwards website informative website.

I honestly had to look up this company, I had never heard of them. Apparently they are more geared to design professionals and the design trade, environmentally friendly, and high end products. 
Their site is interesting, and worth a look see.

Terra Rosa to me is very 'My old GRANDMA'---old, like 1980's-90's Rose or Nursing Home icky---and tired. 
But, their website had some cool ideas for REAL COLORs! 
Take a look for other color ideas.


Shall we swap GRAYS for BEIGES.  REDEND POINT--I wasn't sure which of these colors---it was. This all has a bit of Southwest mud(90's) and sandy colors as accents. Don't get me wrong I love wood tones and dried grass shades for texture...what saves this room is are all the different textures and that fabulous 

Terra Cotta clay patterned pillow.

now, next is BHG's color choice

Interesting choice, since BHG has been in the business of mass merchandising paint and home decor through several sources as well as in their magazine world.

I personally love the bright Copen Blue--- and
 Canyon Ridge  on walls might be a bit warm, but would make a wonderful accent color for accessories. Again, color matched with textures of beige/straw neutrals in wood and floors. What really makes it pop is the Blue accents. 

Oranges and Blues are opposites on the color wheel 
and such pairings are always exciting.


Behr picks BLANK CANVAS----um...nuf said...The black accents and fixtures save this from totally boring! Safe and uninspired.


A strong Choice, Vining Ivy by GLIDDEN paired with a variety of woods and textures. Pretty much this dark/moody color would work in a palette with all the other colors chosen.


DUTCH BOY another paint company gives us a palette. 
information website for your perusal 

Dutch Boy came up with just about all the colors rolled into another Palette of choices called Botanic. Everything is paled a bit, or grayed down---so I guess we won't escape GRAY-ing for awhile. 

MY OPINION: All these color tones have appeared before. 
I uncovered 4 layers of wallpapers in our 1902 Victorian that had these colors in them, so that was represented 70 years of color history there! And, now I'm old enough I can add another 53 years to that. 

This is the beauty of TRENDS

As my grandmother used to say. In other words 
if you wait long enough it will just be IN style again.

You can see by the various manufacturers choices for 2023, 
 that they relied on Pantone as the GURU of COLOR.
One thing that has changed is No actual HOME STYLE is IN.
Like our wardrobes, we are becoming accustomed to wearing comfortable clothing that makes us feel good, also in colors that enhance our own appearance. 

We also like to LIVE IN-WHAT WE LIKE. 
Only problem is, if YOUR palette choice isn't the NEW IN....
You are chit out of luck, or have to buy vintage to make do until YOUR COLOR becomes IN and rolls around again. 
There is always VINTAGE or DIY as an alternative.

I guess I'm just VINTAGE by HEART.
is all about living with what you LOVE, 
not what others tell you
 to LOVE.

Who is SHE, who goes against the MARKET???

I have over 60 college credits in ART and ART history. Multiple courses in multi-mediums after college. 
I have worked in ART my entire life. I've taught HS Basic ART, HS ART2, Color Theory, Color Mixing, Craft Painting, Acrylic Painting, Faux Finishes, Oil painting, Pottery & Clay classes, Sculpture I and 2, Porcelain classes as well as extensive Floral Design and a bunch of stuff I've forgotten about in my old age. 

Why this post....LOL?

I have to choose paint for my 25-year old living room.
 (I use satin paints and that is why they last so long). I originally took a matte green Vase in to the store to pick the color that the walls are.  We now have a tweedy-blue couch, a different rug, and hubby bought
?THREE? red chairs without consulting me.
 I have to pick a color, not an American flag room, so do I go 
Brave or Safe???? 
I have to choose, and one thing for sure it won't be GRAY!

PS dear readers, I have succumbed to white drapes, HORRORS!
Here's to the Red, White and Blue?

Dear Readers...
What has been your latest COLOR Dilemma?

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