It’s no surprise there is a a massive shift occurring in the furniture business. The dull colors we saw in the late nineties and early two thousands are fast behind us as we awaken to a huge return to color. Fun brights, combined with fresh whites and a huge color trend is on the rise. A week ago QS Supply, a large bath retailer in Europe, published the top color trends seen by today’s hottest interior designers. Yours truly is of course on the list, but it’s no surprise that color reigns supreme. And given the state of our country there’s nothing we need now more than color!
Sure it was touch and go there for a minute. When the election was called I feared that everyone would spiral back into a sea of boring neutrals of beige on beige on beige. Luckily, the color trend was already well on it’s way, peeking through the trends as early as 2012. Only now has it hit full force and there’s no looking back.
So what are the top colors? If you’re in the market for any kind of new upholstery, here are the top trends in upholstery to keep an eye on.
By far the hottest color in design right now. Navy is always a safe bet as a strong neutral, not to mention a great infusion for something other than safe beige. Interestingly enough, us designers have been doing navy for close to a decade. In fact, I recall two projects I did in 2010 that were both navy and pink. I carried that same theme into a townhouse in 2012 for a single gal painting her entire ceiling in navy. It took a bit of time to catch on but it’s here to stay. The design trade will likely move on because we never want to be boring, but don’t worry, navy is just growing legs in the consumer market.
I love teal. Like navy, the color teal acts as a neutral in my world and works with everything. Plus, it makes everything look better. Combined with just about any color, from red, to blue, pink to yellow or even orange, this color is like the gal who never met a friend she didn’t like.
Hands down one of the most healing colors you can have in a home, so it’s no surprise that this color is springing up everywhere. What started out as a small pop is now taking center stage in upholstery. Sofas, chairs, ottomans and the like are all green with envy.
This lovely blush has always been in the background and for good reason. For those who have followed me for years you know what a fan of pink I am. I include this invigorating color into every interior I do. Pink is another healing color to have in a home to help keep you calm. Plus, it’s often feared making it an unexpected pop! But if you’re in the market for upholstery this is a great hue to experiment with on an accent piece or a chair. Here’s a great example from Market, in Atlanta. I think this was Worlds Away, but I don’t recall.
And I am doing a similar look for a new laundry room.
So where is the trend headed? Well, I wouldn’t be surprised to see blue transition into purple, and the pinks transitioning into reds. Yet again, with a trained eye these can act beautifully as a neutral and blend with just about any combination! And by the time these colors cycle back around, it will have been about twenty years since we’ve used them, making them perfect to reintroduce as a fresh option!
Personally I can’t wait to see a little more red. It’s another favorite of mine and being that it’s one of the most auspicious colors in Feng Shui, it will be a resurgence I will gladly welcome back in! Need a piece right away? I pulled a few options that would make great upholstery pieces below.