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Destination Nevada County

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Color TRENDS By James

Color TRENDS By James Bartlett It happens every year, usually in the fall, sometimes in December. “The color of the year” is announced by a paint company, design website, or a fashion magazine. The Color Marketing Group recently announced what colors its members believe will be big in 2017, and “Thrive,” a yellow-influenced green, was one of the big winners. (“#Thrive is the Key North American Color for 2017,” the company posted on its Facebook page. “This yellow-influenced green promises to show #endurance #longevity and #health.”) How, exactly, do companies and organizations come up with these colors? CMG, which is based in Alexandria, VA., is a non-profit that helps pick and predict colors for a variety of products. CMG members (color design professionals including officials from Pantone) gather throughout the year in a series of “ChromaZone” workshops around the world to discuss the future and what color it’s going to be. Participants come armed with PowerPoints, swatches, test cards and other materials to present their stories about their proposed color choices. Former CMG Mark Woodman says that politics, pop culture, spots, technology and social issues can influence the selection of colors as well. There were months of lab time, as well, with exotic-sounding machines like the “Spectrophotometer” breaking down colors to work on their formulas and the “SpectraLight” showing what potential paints looked like under various kinds of light. McLean then turned to a thesaurus and French and Spanish dictionaries to come up with names for new colors, including “Gatsby Glitter,” “Cotton Club,” “Palm Springs Splash,” “Aged Whisky” and “Mountain Bluebird.” Woodman and the other trend forecasters are already planning-ahead for what we’re going to see on park playgrounds, car doors or kettles in 2018. “But there are no wrong colors,” Woodman says. “Just colors done wrong.” Excerpts taken from LA Times article Dec. 2, 2015 Mark Mertens, owner of MTM Painting recently shared with us his thoughts on color trends. “Today, color palettes can be inspired by and customized, based on an individual’s lifestyle, music, and emotion.” When Mark is asked “With so many choices, how do you decide on a color palette that’s going to provide long-term livability and durability?” the answer is easy. Mark has seen his share of “color trends.” In 30 plus years as a painting contractor, he knows that it’s the type of project that should dictate the color choice, not the current trend. But, if you are intrigued by the latest color trend, and want to create your customized color palette, you’ll find it at Moule Paint and Glass, the premier source of paint and glass in western Nevada County since 1949. They are Mark’s resource for high quality paints, coatings, stains and refinishing products. Both MTM Painting and Moule Paint and Glass offer you consultation assistance in choosing the perfect color for your project, and provide you with the highest quality product selection and service Both MTM Painting and Moule Paint and Glass are dedicated to providing the highest standards of professional service, and neither is a “trend.” 144 DESTINATION Nevada County

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