With Pantone announcing Living Coral as the Colour of the Year 2019, describing it as, ‘an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge’, at CFS we have been discussing how this can impact design within the flooring industry. For 20 years, Pantone’s Colour of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including interior design. But do colour trends such as this directly correlate with the colour trends within the flooring industry? Or are the trends within the flooring industry created to complement the colour trends that are used within other aspects of interior design?
2017’s Colour of the Year was Greenery, described as ‘A refreshing and revitalising shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.’ Upon reflection, we realised this undoubtedly reflected the choices made by companies when specifying flooring. A great example of this is one of our case studies from this year. As an international digital marketing agency undertaking a refurb, Croud offices required an interior design scheme that would showcase its forward thinking and innovative values. For this the CFS Lavish Lawns range was specified and the product was installed indoors to complement the biophilic theme requested and create a breakaway space for employees to enjoy during downtime. Croud selected Lavish Lawns in ‘Meadow’ to create a statement floor within the Croud offices.
However, 2018’s colour of the year was Ultra Violet, of which fewer flooring examples sprung to mind. Described as ‘A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future’, we believe this has been used as a statement with interior design rather than a permanent staple flooring. Over the course of 2018 we have seen a rise in the specification of lighter flooring, perhaps to complement the darker shades of purple, bring light to a room and provide the perfect minimalist backdrop for dramatic colouring.
Looking to 2019
With Living Coral a bold colour, but maybe not as dramatic as Ultra Violet, it will be interesting to see how the colour trends progress within the flooring industry over the coming year. With natural light and brighter colours becoming increasingly popular amongst architects and specifiers, we foresee the trends changing with a focus on light, airy looks.
What trends do you think we’ll see more of in 2019?