Happy Blue Year

October 1998


Happy Blue Year

Retail interiors in the year 2000 will be colored with stronger neutrals and a slew of blues

If you're planning a store redesign to usher in the new millennium, better bone up on the new hues that will dominate commercial interiors.

The biggest trend will be neutrals infused with color, often blue or green, says the Color Marketing Group, an association that forecasts and influences colors that will be popular in commercial applications. One example is Bay Fog, a mix of gray, blue and purple. Another is Frosted Jade, infused with gray-green and "reminiscent of Chinese porcelain."

Blue will continue to be strong. You'll see a lot of a color called Spa, a pure blue inspired by water and evoking a sense of health and healing, CMG says. There are a slew of deeper blues and blues mixed with gray and brown. (Half the colors in the 14-color CMG palette are shades of blue, gray or purple.) One of them, hematite, will replace black in many contexts.

Look for textures and special effects. "Glassy translucence and pearlescence will be seen in 2000, as well as holographic colors," CMG says. So will metallics such as copper (subdued, not too shiny), ancient bronze and gold with a patina.




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