Technology, Nature Seen Affecting Color in Kitchen and Bath Design

Technology, Nature Seen Affecting Color in Kitchen and Bath Design

That's the view of leading colorists and design specialists at DuPont Corian, which relied heavily on the input of well-known color experts Peclers Paris in the recent introduction of 12 new colors for 2000.

Based on Peclers' findings for 2000, there are four key color trends now shaping the use of color in the home, DuPont says. They are:

  • First light: This represents a heightened appreciation for "things simple and genuine in our lives," said Gin Guei Ebnesajjad, director of style and color development for DuPont Corian.
     
    "Now nature is not only being celebrated, but elevated and refined to a new level," Ebnesajjad said. "Colors become more subtle and delicate, as if illuminated by the first light of morning. Soft, luminous and minimalistic textures create havens for contemplation and meditation. Whites are toned down with slight traces of color. Materials become the product of man living in harmony with nature."
     
  • Glints: This trend expresses an appreciation for the qualities of light in our cities, according to Ebnesajjad.
     
    "Colors become more urban and reflect the glitter and excitement of city lights and the accelerated pace of technology," Ebnesajjad says. "Interiors and exteriors merge in a play of light and reflection. Rough textures create dramatic contrasts with smooth and shiny surfaces. Neutrals are combinations of metallics and mineral elements, freshened by touches of white. The cold, 'high-tech' grays of the past are enriched with subtle color, and become more approachable."
     
  • Spontaneity: This trend has evolved from an awareness that different cultures have similar characteristics, and that "we're in a new age where each day is full of surprises," says Ebnesajjad.
     
    "Interior shapes and colors are energetic. Spaces magically deconstruct and reconstruct as shape and color test perceptions. Intangible, diffused light seems to radiate from within materials. Pastels are reinvented as delicious colors that leave us desiring more."
     
  • Primal Pleasures: This final major color trend for 2000 "leads us to new awakening of sensuality and self-assurance we're confident with ourselves and our interiors demonstrate this," Ebnesajjad observes.
     
    "Asian minimalist mixes with Western chic. Primitive surfaces combine easily with polished leathers, exotic woods and shimmering lacquers.
     
    "A fusion of these elements and cultures invites us to enjoy and celebrate the senses."

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