In selecting colors for matting and framing this year picture framers will want to pay close attention to what interior decorators are doing. Many decorators are looking at colors reflective of a trend toward simplification and away from the perky or frivolous. Shades of medium to dark brown are in vogue. Coffee brown is a favorite for its rich, nurturing appeal.
The movement is away from glitzy golds to warmer mustard hues. The Color Marketing Group, a not-for-profit international group who meet annually to forecast color trends, calls Honey Moon its “Next” Color for 2011, an earthy honey tone reminiscent of a harvest moon or warm, worn leather. It makes people think of the past, offers a comforting sense of nostalgia.
Practicality is the watchword, a dose of realism without being downbeat. Honey moon can be combined with white or with comforting, subdued browns. Complementing accents in burnt orange and purple wine will work well. For a more Gothic feel, burgundies sit well against charcoal gray or faded black.
Green will remain a fashionable choice in 2011. However, the bright lemony green of 2010 will be replaced by a more lettuce green. Greens and browns together will remain popular.
Reds will pop with natural berry tones, working primarily as accents, so that even an effervescent cherry red can be integrated. A gray/blue purple such
as the skin of a blueberry will be favored. Bright, yes, but natural and true, a color drawn from a predictable world.
A hot new color in the world of fashion may work its way onto the designer’s palette. Honeysuckle, Pantone’s color of spring 2011, is a bright, luscious pink. Leatrice Eiseman, a color psychologist and director of Pantone’s Color Institute, says that honeysuckle “evokes
nostalgic feelings of summertime.” Again, a reaching back for the comforts of the past. A bright color, daring, but not without a certain groundedness.
Most important for the picture framer, the trend in neutral tones is away from traditional creams and beiges toward off-white and linen. Bright white is perfectly acceptable but blacks run more toward gray-black. Grays
generally remain popular. The silver gray of a dignified gentleman’s beard, reminiscent of the past, a comforting nostalgia, simple and true.
Color trends 2011 are all about the simple and practical, the tried and true. Bright colors are traceable to the natural world. Warm golds exude a sense of moonlight. Everything in its place. Everything realistic without being downbeat. A practical, predictable, stable world. That’s what’s in fashion today.