Fashion Color Forecasting 2016 – An Evolving Process

So what is the fashion color forecast for Spring 2016, and what is this forecasting thing anyway?  Fashion dictates the next colors for interior design, so we interior designers always perk up when the new fashion color trends are announced.

There are actually groups out there that predict color trends for the upcoming years.  That is their job.  Sounds like a fun thing to do, right?  Their forecasts are based on world influences, politics, science and …maybe just a little whimsy? No, mostly science.

But this year, influenced by the world of art, new global doors opening and our constant desire to disconnect from (and then re-connect to) technology, fashion designers are gravitating towards a palette that is calm and serene.   Each paint company has their own prediction.  For fashion, Pantone predicts that Rose Quartz, a “gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure’ will be one of the top colors for fashion along with a light airy blue called Serenity.

Rose Quartz and Serenity

For both fashion and interior design, style reflects who we are. While some of us aren’t necessarily “trend seekers”, our choices are often subliminally affected by the latest design trends, especially when it comes to fashion. Almost as soon as a collection hits the runway, the media begins sharing. We see these trends on blogs, websites, social media feeds and our television screens. The not-so-subliminal advertising then affects the decisions we make as consumers and the items being sold to us. Shopping

Rose Quartz and Serenity in Fashion

Interior designers are design influencers as well as consumers. It’s our job to stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, color and even graphic design to grab hold of potential design game-changers. We figure out if and when these new and emerging trends are appropriate to incorporate in a space in ways that are stylish and up-to-date, yet effortlessly timeless. It’s an art, really.  If you look at interior design and fashion, you’ll notice that although fashion trends are faster moving than interior design trends, the two tend to directly influence each other.Rose Quartz and Serenity High Fashion

Design enthusiasts are starting to dress their homes with the same personality as they dress themselves. Like fashion, interior design is an outward reflection of the individual.

Chanel Quote

An inside look at Rose Quartz and Serenity in interior design:

In contrast to last year’s “Marsala”, a dark and earthy wine tone that offered a traditional and cozy touch to contemporary interiors, this year is all about the psychological need for a reprieve from those modern stresses with soothing, balanced tones that Rose Quartz and Serenity offer. The mix of warm and cool offers a little bit for everyone.

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The two tones come as a bit of an unprecedented plot twist as this is the first time Pantone has introduced a pair of complimentary shades. As our modern world is quickly evolving and shifting, so is the world of fashion and design.

Rose Quartz and Serenity Comparison

This pastel pair is perfect for both traditionally masculine, and feminine interiors, transcending traditional “gender norms”. Each offers its own set of unique aesthetic possibilities.

Although online images tend to portray the shades being used in more contemporary and “trendy” rooms, these colors can work beautifully in a more transitional space for those looking to give their cozy home a bright and relaxing aspect.

See small touches of the shades in the below Margery Wedderburn Interiors originals!

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It’s all in the details!


Have you seen these color tones popping up in unexpected places? Which shade best suits your style? Tell us in a comment!

Margery Wedderburn


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