Color Trends for 2006
What colors will our homes be wearing in 2006? Color expert and forecaster Aimee Desrosiers gives us a peek at the colorful future.
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Purple Moves in on Pink
"We’re starting to see a decline in pink. It’s been a prominent color, but it is heading more toward violet and orchid. Some of the paler shades of purple will start to replace pink," she says. Real purple is also on the rise. "We’ve seen purple browned-down to aubergine the past few years, but it’ll be back soon—in full strength," says Desrosiers.
Red and Orange Merge
Reds and oranges were both big last year and will continue to be popular (especially red-hot lipstick hues). But look for orange taking the upper hand in the rise of orangey-red. "By the end of 2006, we’ll be seeing some very rich and vivid orange-reds, like the color of a blood orange," says Desrosiers, who acknowledges that some of the ways orange is being used are pretty radical. "Some of it is on the cutting edge, but a few years from now when it has been on clothing and soft goods for a while, we’ll be more used to it." And orange also means coral and apricot, she points out. "We’re not just talking about carrot orange. There is a wide range in the orange family for home use. Of if you look at the popular ethnic reds—they have a lot of orange in them."
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