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Color Trends

February 2017

Those shopping Casual Market Chicago will be delighted by a paint box-full of fresh color and pattern options. From bright reds and bold yellows, to striking geometrics and casual stripes, a new color-rich chapter is being written in outdoor living design. And both manufacturers and retailers are thrilled to see this increased interest in palettes that extend beyond the ever-popular neutrals.

While neutrals will likely never go away, beige clearly is not the go-too choice anymore. For a start, gray tones are side-stepping ecru, beige and tan, and they are offering a new, contemporary slant. Several manufacturers have put the grays to work in tandem, creating woven wicker of mixed hues that offer beautiful visual texture. Elsewhere, the neutral palettes have begun taking on more pastel hues, with hints of the palest color persuading the basics toward pink, blue, green and yellow overtones.

Accent colors are popping up everywhere. Always a favorite, blue still seems to lead the pack. Navy and cobalt blues are being used as easily for cushions as for accents, showing up in patterns, stripes and textures. Brighter shades like aqua, teal and turquoise are evident as well, and not only in outdoor accessories but also in straps and nishes.

Blue it seems, is blooming everywhere, and plays well with other colors such as red and melon. Best of all, bright colors are demanding attention as accents, trim and on more than one cushion. Brights, including red and kiwi lemon, are also gaining solid footing in nishes.

A walk among the showroom aisles at Casual Market Chicago this September promises to be a visual delight to the senses, showcasing the myriad of color options available in today’s vibrant market.