Muted colours and sombre tones is one of the biggest trends in 2013. We saw it in Europe at the international shows Heimtex (Frankfurt), Maison de Objet (Paris), IMM (Cologne) and Bau (Munich) recently, and also in the product orders we’re receiving. This is a big shift from the bold hues and strong features that dominated the design board’s last couple of years.
We believe that the increasing emphasis on cost consciousness might be influencing this trend as, in a tight market; people want things that last longer, are easier to match and more neutral. Dovetailing the focus on simplicity will be softer lines, personality and statement furniture to offset the muted palettes.
Here in Australia, we can expect to see these trends really kick in next season. But, we’ve already had strong initial interest for muted colours from architects and interior designers, as apparent from the large amount of specifications for our Lightblocks Board Smokey Topaz product which is extremely popular at the moment.