Color and Design, how color affects design, color trends and the original Pantone
Color and design are inextricably linked. Pantone is known around the world as the go to color source. What many don’t know is back in 1692 a Dutch man by the name of A. Boogert, created a color matching system in the form of an 800 page book.
Medieval Book historian, Erik Kwakkel, discovered “Trait des couleurs servant a la peinture a l’eau” translated in English as “Treaty of colors used paint water” contains a vast array of color variations beautifully formatted with hand painted swatches and hand written text.
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I like many designers own a Pantone fan deck. Every year Pantone announces their “Color of the Year”. The color of the year for 2017 is Greenery. As Laurie Pressman, Pantone Color Institute’s vice president told Forbes, “Greenery is about unity and community- connecting to oneself and others and a higher purpose, Nature”. I like it! I think we could all use a bit of unity and connection to nature.
In 1962, Lawrence Herbert a then employee at Pantone purchased the former commercial print company and made history when he developed his standardized color system.
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Lawrence Herbert’s color standardization process revolutionized the use of color. Each shade of color is given its own identifying sequence of numbers to ensure there’s no variation in color or tone.
Everything from the colors on the U.S. Flag to national brands possess a unique color code from Pantone.
The 2016 documentary “Crazy about Tiffany’s” traces the founding of the company in 1837 to its trademark color and the role Pantone played in standardizing Tiffany Blue.
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Pantone color cards are used for all types of purposes. According to Arden Reece Color, rumor has it Calvin Klein has his assistant carry around a Pantone color card for the purpose of adding just the right amount of cream.
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Color in interior design affects our mood and overall sense of being. A neutral palette likes this one from Atlanta Barrett’s “At Home With White” can feel calming and inviting. I like the pale, pale pink velvet furniture, the off-white stained hardwood floors and minimalist decor.
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The Vicente Lopez Home is another example of color and how it affects mood. I like a black painted room. The shade of black selected for the wood paneled walls is perfect, not too cool, not too jet black. I love the way the natural woods and leather play off of it.
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Conversely, a bright pop of color like this exterior orange wall can completely change a space. This modernist take on Luis Barragon in Palm Springs is really nice. The view doesn’t hurt.
Image Source – Architectural Digest
How does color affect your life?