This week’s email from West Elm also features gray (or “graphite”, a more glamorous name):
We just used two soft grays in a living room, and we love the results!
photo by Lisa Ratner
The darker gray on the left is Coventry Gray, and the lighter on the other two walls is Horizon (both Benjamin Moore):
A word of warning about grays: they can look really different from the color cards when painted on your walls, depending on the light. We’ve found that many can end up looking purple or lavender. And these I’ve shown here look almost green on my screen — not so in person. So always test your color selections before you buy that big gallon!
The theme for 2013 is Intersection, broken down into four categories: Interflow, Intercycle, Interanimate, and Interconnect. The colors are inspired by art, design and architecture from around the world, and have three-dimensional references within each group.
Interflow is all about reintroducing colors and textures of the past in a new and modern way, retaining what is comfortable and familiar. Think colorful chunky knit pillows and quilts made in a fresh way.
Intercycle refers to upcycling “disposable” materials, repurposing elements through unusual pairings of color and material. Some examples are structures made out of old tires, and artwork from discarded license plates.
Interanimate is about play – using bold and dynamic color to escape the everyday life and connect with our inner child. This category is inspired by bright legos, marbles, and comic books.
Finally, Interconnect explores the juxtaposition of what is virtual vs. what is real. Color strikes a path through the virtual, illuminating the familiar and material world. Think digital photography and computer graphics.
So what colors will be “hot” in 2013? According to Benjamin Moore:
Reds — those that are sophisticated, with blue undertones
Pinks — both soft and feminine and bright pinks
Oranges — deep corals and camel tones
Yellows — when offset by red and oranges
Greens — darker kelly green and very pale green
Blues — watery blues, soft blues are starting to trend (influenced by popular website colors)
Purples — smokey, almost mauvey, purples
Neutrals — animal prints contrasted with bright colors
And what colors won’t be popular next year?
Black and white — this harsh contrast is going away
It will be fun to see how these predictions play out!
Last night we attended an event at the SF Design Center premiering Benjamin Moore’s newest colors — Color Stories. According to Benjamin Moore, “Color Stories’ 240 full-spectrum colors are clearer, richer and more vibrant than conventional colors.”
These color formulas are created using between 5 and 7 pigments (traditional methods use just 3 pigments). The result? More depth, overtones, nuance and luminosity, which means the shades actually change according to different light. They are gorgeous.