According to the research carried out every year by NCS Colour AB, we will see a lot next year. NCS is a company based in Stockholm (Sweden) that works on developing color cards
The NCS System is based on more than 70 years of research on color. Today, it is the most widespread and used color system for practical purposes worldwide by manufacturers of materials, architects, and designers. Through the NCS System it is easy to analyze, choose, communicate and control colors. The NCS System is defined as “The universal language of color” because, through alphanumeric codes, it helps color professionals worldwide to communicate colors with a unique language that leaves no room for communication errors.
NCS started by analyzing what have been the mega trends of this last period, a year of significant changes due to the Covid pandemic. We tried to find new ways to experience the home (e.g., smart working – sanitation – home gym) and new ways to feel connected with our community. A year in which awareness of the need to live a more sustainable life has grown and political, social and environmental activism has also increased. From all these mega trends, NCS has studied four color trends for 2021 and 2022. Let’s see them together!
1 – BEETROOT BALANCE
This first trend is dominated by the colors inspired by food that the earth gives us, particularly vegetables and fruits. It is the trend of natural colors, colors that NCS describes as EDIBLE COLORS.
The BEETROOT RED (beetroot red) in particular will be one of the hottest colors (which will perhaps replace the terracotta that he has dominated in recent years).
On the other hand, BALANCE indicates the creation of color palettes that work together and perfectly balance each other.
A trend that is also very much inspired by Wabi Sabi aesthetics and craftsmanship (wood, clay, etc.).
2 – BALEARIC BREEZE
After spending so much time at home, we all want to travel and go on vacation. We want sand, the sea and the sun; we want to be outdoors.
Hence the name Balearic Breeze! We are perhaps fed up with Scandinavian atmospheres and hygge style … the Mediterranean inspires the new colors.
However, they are not intense and bright colors but desaturated and soft colors and easy to combine. So how to use and dose them? NCS suggests that we mainly use warm colors such as sand and beige and use light blue or blue for the details, creating a contrast that helps bring out the other hues.
3 – LIFE IS FANTASTIC
In this trend, we find intense, very saturated and bright colors. They are colors that express optimism, joy and that infuse energy.
On the one hand, they are colors that refer to the ’80s (which are coming back very much in vogue) and are therefore very popular with those who were young in those years. In this, we also find a nostalgic side; regarding the decoration of the houses, we are witnessing the return of vintage objects and furnishings.
However, the references to the 80s, such as the SMILEY FACE, are also very popular with the younger generations. And these saturated and brights colors are part of the visual world of young people, made up of gaming, social media, the internet etc. They are also the colors of neon lights, which is a trend that Pinterest has also identified. These are the colors that reflect the will to live and the energy of young people.
4 – SQUARE ONE
The latest trend represents the desire for rebirth, to start over. NCS defined this the futuristic trend.
The colors that are part of these trends are few; they are sharp colors, with a predominance of white, black, gray, cold blue and its shades. We will find some more “dirty” color accents, such as brown, to tone it down.
These are also the colors associated with technology and the desire to find ways to make the production of technological objects more sustainable. In fact, the problem of the so-called e-Waste (electronic waste) is getting bigger and bigger.