There are a variety of colour trend forecasts for 2011, and here at Dotmaison we have summarised some of the main looks for the coming year.

Warm comforting colours such as yellows and golds are very much back in vogue as the minimalist look begins to fade. With the ongoing recession and stagnant housing market, people will also continue to seek colours and interiors that lift the mood in the midst of challenging times.

Vibrant jewel colours such as emerald, ruby, teal blue, peacock blue and turquoise are predicted to be popular and used in combination with buttery yellows, chalk and thick creams. There will also be a lot of soft tones such as pink, oyster and fuscia, amethyst, biloba and lavender.

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These colours will be found in patterns such as pretty florals and eye-catching vintage designs but with an element of freshness. In contrast there will be a growing trend of geometric designs such as stripes, zig-zags, chevrons and grids found in wallpaper, textiles and fabrics. Watch out for 1970’s style prints popping up and the return of 1950’s style and colour palettes such as bright turquoise and soft grey.

Brink and Campman Estella Rug

Missoni Jessie Bedding

As consumers become more confident with the use of colour so they are becoming more daring. As a result 2011 will see a growth in colour experiments and colour clashes. Watch out for combinations of pink and orange, pink with red and turquoise with yellow. These may sound over the top but they are a welcome carefree change to the restrictive minimalist look. Choose clashing colours for simple accessories such as cushions, rugs, vases and lampshades and create something of a focal point. Alternatively select pieces of furniture such as sofas and armchairs or bedding and pillows and transform the look of a room.

January 27th, 2011

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