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ColourFutures 2016: To find out more about this year's trends, the colour of the year and to view please visit www.colourfutures.com.

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There is a sense that by appreciating one’s history, both as a person or a company, we build value and become more fully shaped and prepared for designing the future.


Translated into a colour palette, we see the reds that reflect our rich heritage, but also have a bright contemporary feel that points to the future.

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The trend for words can also be seen in the use of lettering in interior design and architecture; but rather than words and images being in opposition, one completes the other.


The corresponding colour palette uses the blue of ink and grey of graphite in contrast to tones familiar with smartphone and social media filters.

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One of the key trends for 2016 is the importance of darkness. Research has proven how important it is that we have a restful sleep, to recharge and regroup without the disrupting influence of light. Just as we need darkness in order to see the stars in the night sky more clearly, the Dutch masters of the 17th century showed how their techniques at capturing lustre and the play of light was best portrayed in contrast to dark hues.


Many of the colours in this palette blend seamlessly together, recalling the tones of both dusk and dawn during the ‘golden hour’.

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We are increasingly seeing the appeal of going ‘off grid’ in order to find oneself in the modern world. But it’s impossible to talk of going back to the wild and living offline without a frame of reference. We need boundaries in which to live, even if we seek to rebel against them; freedom is only understandable within the context of a framework. Or, to put it another way: you can’t break the mould if you don’t have a mould in the first place.


The use of organic forms in product design is another case of allowing the imagination to flourish by not feeling bound or restricted by grids. Hence the colours in this palette are vivid and playful, yet still held back by the black and white of the grid.

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