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Home Living : August 17th 2010
HLW - HOME LIVING: WEST, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 1 Our colourful past with decorating HOMELIVING » ADVERTISING FEATURE Embarrassment and Evolution: a look at colour trends over the decades Sometimes it's with nostalgia or a shudder of embarrassment when we look back at past decorating trends. Whether it's the 1970s lime green carpet or the apricot bedroom, complete with black lacquered waterbed of the mid-'80s, there is no denying that Australians have had a colourful past when it comes to decorating our homes. Embarking on a new decade, Inspirations Paint & Colour turned to a panel of industry experts and conducted a survey of the nation's leading colour consultants to revisit colour trends over the past four decades. In a bid to uncover trends which endured the test of time -- and trends best left in the past -- the Inspirations Paint & Colour expert panel featured here also share their insights and personal opinions on which decades have inspired current trends and what the next decade is set to reveal. Standing the test of time Whites and neutrals have consistently featured in colour schemes across the decades. Claire Peake says: ''The most enduring trend in colour over time is by far neutrals. Whether it's interior or exterior, it's timeless and can always have colour added to create interest''. However, what is defined as neutral often changes throughout each decade to complement broader colour trends. For instance, neutrals being used currently are soft beiges and off-whites with green undertones. Award for the worst colour trend. . . More than half the colour experts surveyed agreed that the soft grey and pinky, peach colour combination of the '80s was by far the worst colour trend to have emerged over the past four decades. Caryn Spark said: ''Colours around the '80s did nothing to inspire and were very bland and boring''. Recycling trends As with fashion and its cyclical nature, today's trends in colour and design are often inspired by the past. Wallpaper, which dominated the entire room or house in past decades, is a popular choice at the moment, especially when it comes to feature walls. A return to citrus colours has been identified as a current trend inspired by past decades. Margaret Kelly said: ''The use of orange or lime green, which was strong in the '70s, is being used again as highlight colours within a neutral scheme''. The major difference is that a citrus colour is being used in small doses. What will history say about the 20 teens? An emerging trend of the next decade will see environmentally friendly materials, paints and products becoming a prerequisite and not just an afterthought. Angie Hinchliffe said: ''Recycled materials and an increase in the use of stained timbers will continue to increase over the coming decades''. We will also see colours continuing to be inspired by the beauty of the Australian landscape with a mixture of earthy tones and bursts of bold colours. The message from the experts is that colour trends and cycles will continue to provide cringes, reinventions, future forecasting and creative breakthroughs -- showing us that design never stops evolving. To book a consultant: call 1300 INSPIRE (1300 467 747), visit InspirationsPaint.com.au or one of Australia's 130 Inspirations Paint & Colour stores. ALL AREAS 9838 9090 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Lifetime Warranty www.justforyouwardrobes.com.au DESIGNED TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET Timber Coloured panel Painted Mirrored Sliding p Hinged Built-inWardrobe SPECIALISTS JUST FOR YOU WARDROBES PTY LTD Y Lic. 185684C 2174088K wk5
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