2010 Color and Kitchen Design Trends
(ARA) - Indicators are
implying that the U.S. economy is finally showing some
signs of improvement. The markets are rising, and overall
consumer confidence goes up every day. To the relief of
people across the country, one area that is at last seeing
some light at the end of the tunnel is the housing
As the economy stabilizes,
homeowners are expected to begin investing more money into
their homes, particularly the aesthetics of their homes. But
the recession did have a profound impact on the manner in which
people approach kitchen design and decor.
In economically prosperous times,
kitchen design and color remodeling trends tend to be heavily
influenced by tangible, worldly items that are created or
manufactured by people and businesses. These items represent
the more affluent lifestyles we enjoy during those times.
Correspondingly, during more
difficult time periods, kitchen design and remodeling influence
returns to holistic, spiritual and simplistic elements that
represent the richness of life that abounds in nature,
relationships and spirituality.
This year's color trends are
rooted in that richness, says Dutch Boy Color Marketing and
Design Manager Donna Schroeder.
"Colors that provide hope and
affirmation that the greater economic market will continue to
improve are at the forefront of decor for 2010," Schroeder
says. "People are much more introspective about color this year
and will be painting in a way that not only is aesthetically
pleasing, but also 'saturates the senses' and is reflective of
a society eager to reconnect with education, nature,
spirituality and world culture."
According to Schroeder, Dutch
Boy's 2010 design trends have been categorized into four
different "personalities." These "personality" palettes are
composed of colors that embody a homeowner's personal style and
taste. Each of the trend personalities, along with images of
the paint colors, can be found at www.DutchBoy.com.
This trend reflects the elements
of nature: colors of branches, grasses and dark earth
underneath the feet. It's a soothing relief. A retreat from the
hectic. It's terra firma ... brought indoors. Purists are
concerned about their impact on the world and care deeply about
finding balance. Purist colors are natural shades of herbal
teas, the stones in the river as the water rushes over them,
and the yellow-green of buds as they push up through the
Colors in the Purist palette
include: Urban Nature, Naturalist Stone, Lemon Balm, Gingered
Root, Catalyst Steel, Natural Canvas, Repurposed and Budding
Seeker goes beyond the ordinary
to showcase shades brought forth by history and architecture.
Rich, complex hues give this color personality rooms that have
a carefully curated, beautifully symbolic touch. What matters
to a Seeker is creating meaning, spirituality and beauty in
life. Colorful objects made of precise, hexagonal tiles to
stylized, architectural furniture are quintessential to the
Colors in the Seeker palette
include: Antique Rosewood, Medieval Cloverleaf, Olde Stone,
Soul-Quenching, Alabaster Frame, Kimono Red, Crossing Midnight
and Cathedral Gray.
Muse is a palette that's all
about feeling and experiencing. These are colors that swaddle
and soothe the soul. It's a color style that reflects the need
for sanctuary. Attention to design detail and just the right
sensory colors bring Muse to life. This palette is infused
with, and inspires, rich details, fine fabrics and soft
twilight shades of blush pinks, rosy peach and lilac.
Colors in the Muse palette
include: Quiet Drizzle, Aroma Garden, Melodious Peach, Silken
Raspberry, Blossomed Lilac, Composed Bloom, Nightingale's Song
and Meadow Pear.
The Storyteller collection shows
off color that reflects a life well-lived through traveling and
varied interests. Furniture and colors from afar add a vibrant
touch to the home and bring life to tales from foreign lands.
Everything a Storyteller sees in her travels inspires her home
design and color choices. The Storyteller is an experiential
Colors in the Storyteller palette
include: Grecian Sea, Edge of Time, Narrative Cream, Clementine
Tart, Journey's End, Treaded Grapes, Wide Open Sky and Spanish
Though these four trend
personalities will certainly be prolific this year, many people
will combine the four palettes and blend them all into
distinctive personalities. Recognizing this, Dutch Boy has
collected a "Blend" palette. What colors are in this palette?
All of them.
Blend is exciting, eclectic and
adventurous. Blend is, appropriately, a blending combination of
two or more of the previous four trends. A person with a Blend
personality has a home that is a reflection of the owner's many
moods and styles. An airy, light-filled room might be held to
earth by chunky furniture or given flight with watercolor
prints. Blend personalities could have a Muse kitchen,
Storyteller family room, and a combined Purist and Seeker
dining room. Coexistence is at the heart of the Blend
For more information about these
color trends and how to choose the perfect paint color, visit
call (800) 828-5669.
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