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Volume 2 / 11.10
We hope you enjoy this literary and visual experience, compliments of The Sherwin-Williams Color Marketing & Design Services Department. The second edition will explore some current conditions and interests that drive this market. We will examine and define color trends that are influencing the entire New Residential Market Segment for 2011
What's the New Standard?
In response to the recession, people have radically re-defined the way they live. This change is very apparent in the New Residential marketplace. Emerging fromthe ashes of materialism and consumption, a new consciousness has surfaced. An altruistic sense of what is responsible and permissible. Reflexively, homebuilders are having to re-invent the way they do business. Future consumers will be design conscious, budget conscious and environmentally conscious.
In addition to scaling back floorplans, home builders are cutting out some of the grand, yet inefficient extras that have dominated new residential construction. Twenty foot, sky-high foyers and hotel sized master suites are being exchanged for more compact floor plans with multi-use spaces. The average ceiling height is coming down to create a more comfortable plan with close and cozy quarters. Sustainability, energy efficiency and green living continue to dominate consumer’s wish lists. Upgraded finishes are still important, but on a smaller scale.
The need for an extended family living quarter has also emerged as a new trend. Post college, early 20 something’s are moving back in with parents while they job hunt. Alternately, aging parents are moving in with their children, instead of spending hard earned dollars and dwindled savings in assisted care facilities or nursing homes.
2011 New Residential Trends
Tighter lending practices have left home buyers able to afford less. Small, reasonably priced new homes are gaining popularity as consumer concern about energy prices, transportation, life / work balance and sustainability outweigh the need for frivolous extras and wasted space. Efficient and family oriented; watch cottage, bungalow or single level homes lead the trend in affordable home design.
The 2011 New Residential Color Palette represents a broad shift from the brightly rendered hues of 2010. These colors imbue a much more somber personality. Soft plums, blues, browns and grays, pair well with basic and elemental neutrals. Distressed wood finishes, natural and knobby textiles, aged, oxidized and patina’ed metal – complete the look of this grounded aesthetic. Scarred and weathered…but somehow strong and lasting. Even the brighter tones of the palette are serious, strong, dependable colors. Reflective of our stressed out economy, this trend in color should last well into the forecast of 2012.
Due to the printing process, colors shown approximate to the actual color.
Whether to Weathered
Emerging as one of the more prominent trends in texture and finish – is the concept of raw – or physically unrefined materials. Weathered and distressed wood, re-purposed furniture, found objects, reclaimed architectural details, rustic metal and recycled finishes to name just a few. Complimenting this rusticity are strong graphic fabrics like ikat and bold damasks.
A very chic and bohemian look. Strong patterns, paired with weathered finishes and combined with organic, natural forms create a very grounded and authentic look for 2011 and beyond.
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Criteria for our GreenSure™ Designation
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GreenSure™ Architectural Coatings
- Harmony® Interior Latex
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