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Top 10 Colours for autumn 2013

Adapted from Share the Love, by Formica Group.

We may still be celebrating a long, hot summer here in New Zealand, but as the mornings grow crisper and the evenings darker you can be sure there’s change in the air. With the release of the PANTONE® Fashion Colour Report Fall 2013 at New York Fashion Week recently the design world is preparing to brighten up our homes and our wardrobes as we turn the clock back and embrace the cooler weather.

So what does autumn fashion have to do with home design? We’ll likely see these colours influence home textiles and accessories – you’ll now have a bit of insider knowledge once you start planning autumn décor.

The autumn 2013 forecast, according to the Pantone Color Institute®, is “a palette of many moods” that range from “sophisticated and structured to lively and vivid, encapsulating our inherent need for wardrobe variety to reflect emotions that run from thoughtfully introspective to irrepressibly elated.”

The report notes that Emerald, the 2013 Pantone Colour of the Year, will continue to sparkle and will be joined by:

  • Linden Green, a yellow-toned green that adds lightness and brightness to the deeper shades of fall.
  • Mykonos Blue, a bold, meditative blue for a classic and relaxed fall look.
  • Acai, a plum full of exotic mystery and richness.
  • Samba, a spirited red that brings an expressive and dramatic look.
  • Koi, a decorative orange with dazzling and shimmering qualities.
  • Vivacious, an unruly and wildly deep fuchsia that adds an ebullient sensuality.
  • Deep Lichen Green, a naturally lush shade of green that serves as an anchor.
  • Turbulence, a dark mercurial grey.
  • Carafe, a rich, glamorous brown.

We had a little fun seeing how closely we could “match” the forecast with our own Formica® laminate AR+ and HPL solid colours

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