I am happy to announce I’ve teamed up with NCS Colour again to offer you a printed fan-deck after the huge success we saw last year. We have stocked the 35 units up to 50 fan-decks this time. The first 50 readers to subscribe, will receive a printed trend guide a their homes. The handy size makes it easy to work with, and you don’t want to miss the upcoming 4 NCS Color Trends 2018 with 24 standardised colors. Today we are going to give you a sneak peek of two of the four trends:
Assembling Color Trends for tomorrow might seem like guesswork, but really it is all about having a sense of today… To forecast a trend it is important to understand that trend drivers are a consequence of the stories that different parts of the world are telling. For the last few years the world has focused on Europe, the USA, the Middle East and China, where independence movements have changed our way of living, turning it into a serious struggle for some parts of the world. This has triggered a rebellious reaction amongst us where we once wanted to escape, and disconnect ourselves in a fantasy world far away – we are now facing reality and doing the best we can to make life beautiful.
However, in the meanwhile a whole continent has started to rise in importance – Africa.
The Color Trends to come are a reaction to the trend drives of today. We will therefore see rebellion in the shape of vivid yellow, reds and blue accompanied by black. Rawness transforming from cold concrete to marble and discreet details in silver and gold. The need of escape, which has shifted into togetherness and the collective, is now enveloping into grounded hues of brown, purple and green.
1// NEW AFRICA
Whilst the rest of the world are struggling with independence movements, Africa is doing just the opposite. As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, the continent is taking huge steps towards a unified and modern continent.
In 2018 they will have their own central bank, and in 2010 Africa expects they will have their own currency. A new Africa is risking, and with that a wealthy continent of sophisticated solutions and well-educated women and men.
The colors of the New Africa are, therefore, not a traditional color palette influenced by its natural resources; the beauty of its nature, the exotic flora and fauna, and the variation of cultures and people. But they are reflections of a heritage of success, luxury and wealth – in an African way. Mixing earthy shimmering hues reaching from dark reds, greens and dull oranges, to bamboo-influenced colors. Creating a tranquil palette full of life.
2// LUXURIOUS MINIMALISM
Both temporary housing situations and urban living have influenced our way of living. Contrary to what you might think, smaller living, temporary accommodation, dark spaces and urban surroundings have urged us to do our best with what we have. Influenced by Nordic design, our living has moved towards the more minimalistic, with its open spaces and natural colors, to create both a sense of space and light. Which actually creates a luxurious interior the makes us feel sophisticated and intellectual.
Luxurious Minimalism is, however, not a minimalism of simplicity. It is all about the details, adding luxury in a subtle way with details of marble and stone effects, gold, silver and metallic finishes.
The color palette for this trend is an interesting mix of cool grey and blue, along with warmer hues in copper and gold.
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This is how the printed guide looks like once you open it up. The first 50 to sign up are the lucky winners and I hope you enjoy this fab guide as much as I do! Enjoy your gift and let us know what you think by using the hashtag #NCSGiveawayET and @gudyherder if you like to share your images with us on Instagram. Good luck! G, x