Color Trends Throughout the Decades
Sherwin Williams introduced Coral Reef as the color of the year! As designers,
we are intrigued by color trends and what is behind these shifts in the popularity
of colors. Yes, everyone has definite
personal preferences but it is fascinating how a combination of politics,
technology and economic factors in the U.S. all influence our choices.
the aesthetic in the 1920’s became utilitarian, pure and rational in reaction
to the excesses of the previous eras and the war. Crisp, clean white was a popular color choice
back then for walls and woodwork.
On the other
hand, the 1950’s gave way to an era of hope and optimism. People were riding around in pastel cars and
trying to live the American dream! Mint
greens, turquoises and cheerful, creamy yellows filled homes.
brought about another turbulent era and the color choices reflected that in
loud, unconventional hues of neon pinks and acid oranges!
We may want
to forget about the 1980’s decor but it really was driven by an economic boom! This
led to a lot of floral prints and vibrant color combinations such as teal and peach.
As we went through
the new millennium and another recession, we saw the color trend go towards
more muted and subdued hues of relaxing blues and greens. Furniture and homes became smaller; design was
more minimal, individualized and filled with technology.
(Erin Rose Photography)
coming once again with a renewed optimism in this new decade. We saw colors such as Tangerine Tango in 2012
and Emerald in 2013 influenced by this new upbeat revitalization. The trend continues as Jackie Jordan, Sherwin
Williams director of color marketing explains, “Coral Reef embodies a cheerful
approach to design that we’re seeing for the coming year. Its unexpected
versatility brings life to a range of design aesthetics, whether traditional, vintage,
cottage or contemporary.”
cheerfulness would be great on an accent wall, painted on a door or a piece of
furniture. Here are some great
coordinating colors in order to further energize or relax this vibrant color of
So don’t be
afraid to add some color to your life and to your home!
Designing – By Design Interiors
Posted on Fri, March 13, 2015
by Joanne Giannaris filed under