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The Color Trends We’re Going To Be Seeing In 2019

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Color influences everything from what we notice and how we taste. This month, Sherwin-Williams revealed its 2019 annual Color Forecast, a 42-color palette divided into six themes , meant to inspire and help both professionals and DIYers select the right color scheme for any project. Some themes we’re going to be seeing soon might surprise minimalist enthusiasts. According to Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, expect to see not only more color in the coming year, but color pushing the boundaries as a shift from the popular minimalism trend of late.

Every color in the color forecast, whether alone or when combined with others, tells a different story, says Wadden. She and her team developed themes by asking themselves what kind of person would this palette be?

The idea was to create a forecast that is personal, aspiring and attainable, how all design should be, according to Wadden.

What color trends might we be seeing in kitchens and dining room in the coming year?

“Earth tones are emerging as a top trend in kitchen designs this year,” Wadden shares. “The Naturalist journal from Sherwin-Williams 2019 Colormix Color Forecast includes mushroom tones and leafy greens, which create a relaxing scene for kitchens. If it’s the dining room that needs updating, the Aficionado’s rich blues and tailored neutrals pair well with light wood accents, and copper or gold fixtures, evoking a sense of timeless tradition.”

Here are the six color themes we’ll be seeing more of in the coming year, from the kitchen and dining room to our living spaces.

Shapeshifter

Shapeshifter’s aesthetic is about the mystical, from the deep sea to the galaxy and everything in between and is rooted by strong geometrics and clean lines.

“The atmospheric wisps of color, grounded by deep, mysterious blues capture the unique space between technology and spirituality found in the Shapeshifter palette,” says Wadden.

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Shapeshifter’s aesthetic is about the mystical, from the deep sea to the galaxy and everything in between and is rooted by strong geometrics and clean lines.SHERWIN-WILLIAMS

Wanderer

This palette is for the person who will never be fenced in, who needs to soak in the endless horizons and subtle earthy tones of the high plains. Clays, caramels and browns come from canyons to worn leather and woven wool blankets of the true New West.

“The Wanderer palette is sun-washed and warm,” Wadden notes. “It brings you to a modern desert made of one part cowboy, one part Scandinavian style that produces a luxurious result.”

The Wanderer palette is for the person who will never be fenced in, who needs to soak in the endless horizons and subtle earthy tones of the high plains. Clays, caramels and browns come from canyons to worn leather and woven wool blankets of the true New West.SHERWIN-WILLIAMS

Aficionado

Like a bookcase of leather-bound literary classics, this pedigreed palette evokes nostalgia and timeless traditions. Copper and gold anchor merlot and gray. The tailored tones are tasteful, elegant and classic.

“When we say ‘Aficionado,’ it evokes an emotion of what is best in life, well-worn and bespoke,” says Wadden. “It is ostentatious without being fake or showy, and has the right amount of charm to make it feel tasteful.”

Like a bookcase of leather-bound literary classics, the Aficionado palette evokes nostalgia and timeless traditions. Copper and gold anchor merlot and gray. The tailored tones are tasteful, elegant and classic.SHERWIN-WILLIAMS

Enthusiast

For those who go against the grain, break the rules or are more free-spirited than the status quo, the Enthusiast palette brings maximum attitude and yet produces harmonious results. The proof is in this palette, which features bold pops of vivid blue, green and red.

“The Enthusiast palette is a fresh take on ‘maximalism’,” Wadden shares. “It’s an opportunity to have fun and push boundaries with color.”

For those who go against the grain, break the rules or are more free-spirited than the status quo, the Enthusiast palette brings maximum attitude and yet produces harmonious results. The proof is in this palette, which features bold pops of vivid blue, green and red. So long, minimalism. Maximalism, apparently, is in.SHERWIN-WILLIAMS

Naturalist

Nature lovers can connect with the wonder of the world in full bloom. This collection’s lush, sophisticated tones poke out from the rain forest as colorful tendrils. Ranging from mushroom to passionate pink, the focus on botanicals is slightly classic, with bold details.

From conservancies to hothouses, Naturalist brings you into an elegant French woodland, according to Wadden. “It’s a place where color never fades,” she adds.

Nature lovers can connect with the wonder of the world in full bloom. This collection’s lush, sophisticated tones poke out from the rain forest as colorful tendrils. Ranging from mushroom to passionate pink, the focus on botanicals is slightly classic, with bold details.SHERWIN-WILLIAMS

Raconteur

From ancient rhetoric to today’s on-screen webcasts, there is a desire and appreciation for stories and the storytellers behind them. From Africa to the New World, human origins have been translated into this rich palette that spans time.

“From rich red to muted mauve, Raconteur represents storytelling itself,” said Wadden. “These stories are a subtle reminder of how everyone is connected.”

From ancient rhetoric to today’s on-screen webcasts, there is a desire and appreciation for stories and the storytellers behind them. From Africa to the New World, human origins have been translated into Raconteur, a rich palette that spans time.SHERWIN-WILLIAMS

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Small Furniture, Big Impact

posted on 08/07/2018

Providing a comfortable environment with reliable furniture and supplies is an essential part of any student’s learning. That is why UNICEF, the United Nations agency aimed at improving the lives of children and their families in low- and middle-income countries, launched an international tender to design ergonomically correct, child-friendly, and sustainableclassroom furniture for children globally, particularly in Sub-Saharan African communities—where consistency, quality, and new design could be challenging.

Based on a competitive process, UNICEF selected Mary Burnham and Jeff Murphy, partners at Murphy Burnham & Buttrick Architects in New York as the architect firm that would design the classroom furniture. The team created prototypes of two new desks and a chair that fully meet with UNICEF requirements, and that could also be made by the region’s small-scale, local manufactures. The designs were developed on an open-source platform and made available to all.

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“We were attracted to UNICEF’s humanistic agenda and their commitment to education and serving children,” said Murphy of his inspiration for getting involved. Burnham and Murphy started by surveying school furniture use and common fabrication methods in Rwanda and Malawi. They then presented their research and design approaches to UNICEF’s Innovation Unit in Copenhagen, where a team of external experts provided feedback and helped them decide on the final three designs.

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Made with wood, painted metal tubes, and simple joinery, the new UNICEF furniture designs were tested in Copenhagen and by field researchers (Malawi students). After final tests and a few minor changes, prototypes of the desks and chairs were sent eventually to Malawi, where they serve as model pieces to be copied by local fabricators. Since the project’s initial start in 2012, a total of 4,186 sets of furniture have been or are in the process of being installed across Rwanda, Malawi, and Ethiopia in 10 schools and 32 classrooms.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

UNICEF creates Target Product Profiles (TPPs) to communicate requirements for products which are currently not available on the market, but which fulfill a priority need to be used in the unique context in which UNICEF and its partners operate. TPPs include information on how the new product will be used, by or for whom, and the minimum and ideal performance criteria. The purpose of TPPs is to guide industry to develop products that meet UNICEF’s needs, however, they do not act as the final procurement specifications, but rather as a list of desired requirements that combined describes the ideal product considering the context. Learn more about TPPs and sign up to receive updates by clicking here.

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