Color Pulse 2010 Recap

Color Pulse 2010 Recap

Lise Harwin
Oct 20, 2008

We may have missed the Color Pulse 2010 presentation here in Portland, but that doesn't mean you're left without a recap. Doty Horn, Director of Color and Design for Benjamin Moore, came to town to talk with interior design professionals about trends in furniture, fashion and visual art, and the palettes and textures we should be looking for in the next two years. Oh, and did we mention that Portland was her very first stop on a nationwide tour?

Fortunately, the fine folks at Portland Spaces magazine covered the event for their Design District blog. Read the whole recap yourself here or see the quick summary of Doty's color trends below:

Greyscale: Carbon and whites that are creamy…"chalk, milk, alabaster." Louise Nevelson textural black. And "stay tuned for ombre." Clinically white kitchens and Valentino laser-cut white surfaces.

Naturals: "Beige competes with grey." Parchment, cardboard, muslin and hay.

Yellows: Fresh, citron with carbon, banana, mustard, gold, sheer, gilded.

Orange: Copper, pumpkin, clay.

Reds: From pinks to crimson, brick, and a red so orange you aren't sure if it isn't perhaps orange. "Rouge with blue-ing, blacking. Russian red." She called the blackened reds the most "livable" (and "wearable"). Strawberry.

Purples: "Periwinkle, grape (almost shocking), aubergine and lilac," with the lilac neutralized so it almost reads as grey.

Blues: Soft, celestial blue, and deep "worker" blue, ink and indigo ("reflecting denim lifestyle"). She called out the deepest midnight blues for special attention.

Green: "Fresher, truer, less sage, cleaner greens to yellows. Grass is vibrant. Menthol green." "Succotash colors: peas, corn, carrots."

What do you think? Do Doty's predictions seem on target?

Images: Portland Spaces,

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