Pantone’s 2013 Color Forecasts Part 2: Rugged Individuals and the Mountains

This is the second of a two part blog series where we look at Pantone’s 2013 color forecasts, and how they relate to current trends and the economy, as well as how perfectly they fit with designing for the western and mountain lifestyle.  If you missed the first part “Color, Style and the Economy”, you can read it here.  Also, be sure to check out another of our favorite blogs, Gentry Connects, where our Rugged Individual color forecasts have been featured!

I am seeing blues reappear in color palettes in the mountains, but they are either worn, gray blues reminiscent of old denim, indigo blues, or turquoise blues, rather than the cool, crisp blues you will be seeing on the East Coast and at the seashore.  In the mountains, I see the subtle grays, blues, aquas and turquoises paired with Native American Indian colors ranging from terracotta to oxblood red, depending on the color style of the client.  I predict a mix of masculine and feminine fabrics including leather, wool and lace, along with the use of a lot of texture and pattern.  The textures and patterns will be a mix of animal hides, tribal patterns, sisals and nail head detailing.  All of these colors, textures and patterns harken back to the Old West and to Pioneer days.

Wesco's Laredo Stripe in Navajo is a perfect illustration of the Pantone Rugged Individuals pallette

Sam Moore leather Chair

Native American Rugs (Image via Pinterest)

Pantone Rugged Individuals Pallette

Here are the descriptions from Pantone Color which go along with my color outlook:

“From out-West to Outback, cowboy and cowgirl style rides again, imbued in Pantone’s Rugged Individuals Palette.

The rugged individuals convey the legend that influences a look of the natural shadings of the vastness of the Prairie, and its interior trappings of polished leather, weather wood and animal hides.

Earthy raw Sienna tones mix with the flavor of Stone Washed Blue, and the Vintage Indigo that all markets have already embraced this spring.”

This goes hand in hand with the trends that are appearing in fashion and that, I believe, will continue on through next year.

Image via Pantone 2013 Home and Interiors Webinar

Image via Home on the Range on Houzz

Image via Pinterest says:

Materials & Textures – Striking, chic materials, suede, pleated leather, waxed or lacquered leather, two-tone small grains, stylized tortoiseshell prints, teddy bear colored fake fur, shaved mink or fox spirit, vintage vinyl, mottled fabrics, tweed, boiled or felted wool, reversible leather and fabrics, patchwork, masculine Jacquard, tie patterns, two-tone stripes, multicolored patterns, handmade decoration, colored rivets, eyelets.

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What do you think about these upcoming trends?  Can you see these colors and textures in your home?  If you need more inspiration, come in to Home on the Range to see all of our Rugged Individuals products, or visit our Rugged Individuals board on Pinterest!


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