In 1963, Pantone® created a printing industry color standard called the Pantone Matching System®, which allowed printers to reproduce their client’s corporate colors accurately anywhere in the world. The standard organizes colors, and their formulas, through a patented numbering system.
For example, Delta Airlines Blue is Pantone 654c and Delta Red is Pantone 187c.
Pantone’s color standard supports the textile, apparel, beauty, interiors, architectural and industrial design industries, encompassing over 10,000 color standards across multiple materials including printing, textiles, plastics, pigments, and coatings.
As part of the services they provide to their clients, and the general public, Pantone analyzes color trends across industries and around the world to select their Color of the Year. Let’s take a look at their selections and see if there is anything that can be learned. We’ll also reflect on what this means for designing or remodeling a kitchen or bathroom.
Right off the bat, we can tell that the Colors of the Year are split between warm (9) and cool (11) colors, almost alternating from cool to warm each year. Upon further inspection, it also appears that the colors are more suited for the textile, apparel, and beauty industries, where looks can easily be changed each year, if not more frequently.
So, what can we learn from the Pantone Colors of the Year with regard to interiors? Our thought is that kitchen and bath accessories, such as small appliances, towels, and easily-removable accent pieces, can definitely reflect these color trends. The key is to make sure that the color of your cabinets, countertops, major appliances, and flooring are based upon a neutral or basic color palette.
Another consideration is the cost to remodel. According to a 2017 survey by Houzz, Inc. 71% of kitchen remodels cost between $15,000 – $50,000, which is another reason to keep things basic.
The most important thing to consider when choosing colors for your kitchen or bath is to determine which overall style reflects your personality: Traditional, Transitional, Contemporary. There are color pallets that work well with each one, Contemporary being suited to more trendy colors.
We encourage our clients to think first about the function of their kitchen and the location and the utility of the work surfaces and appliances. The next is about the style, which, in many cases, points toward particular color palettes.
If you plan on building a new home or remodeling and existing one, let’s talk!