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It’s that time of year again when we explore the colour and flower trends for the next 12 months.

In the next four blogs, we’ll examine what key colours have influenced interior designers and the fashion industry in 2017 and how this is adopted by leaders in the floristry world to inform the types of flowers and shades grown by the major flower suppliers. Over the next twelve months, these colours and style themes will be used throughout the world in floral designs, arrangements, bouquets and for weddings as part of an overall theme of trending colours, textures and styles.

The Pantone Colour Institute is one of the leading influences in colour trends, collaborating with partners to identify a colour of the year.  In 2017 the colour is ‘Greenery’, a fresh, vibrant green instilling a sense of confidence during uncertain times and described by the institute’s executive director as a ‘life affirming shade’. http://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2017

Dulux and Akzo Nobel release a ‘Colours Future’ paper annually, forecasting the colour trends for the year ahead. Their colour of the year is ‘Denim Drift’, which is part of a pallet of 10 harmonising colour tones. https://www.dulux.co.uk/en/articles/colour-futures-2017

‘Force of Nature’ is one of the four colour pallets produced for 2017 by International Floral Distributers Inc., who publish an annual flower trends forecast for the industry. This picks up the ‘back to nature’ green tones of Kale and Greenery from the Pantone 2017 range and the Dulux Wild Cactus and Fortune Green shades from their New Romanticism range. These serene shades of green are married with cool blues to create a theme that is at one with nature.  Think about blue nigella loosely arranged with variegated foliage, ferns and tactile scabious seed heads or big bold hydrangeas with cornflowers arranged in frosted glass vases.

 

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The Flower Council of Holland also predict the popularity of these shades in a pallet they call Harmonise which has green at the heart of it. http://www.flowercouncil.co.uk/horticulture-sector-trends-2017

To get this refreshing look, use a textured silver vase or a subtly coloured glass container and arrange a variety of fresh green foliage as a foil for vibrant blue flowers such as scabious, iris, muscari and delphiniums, toned with cream spray roses or white parrot tulips and veronica in blue, purple or white. Spiral stems loosely and add in a few pieces of twisted hazel to complete the design.

These subtle glass vases from Oasis would look great with the Force of Nature themed design.   http://www.oasisfloral.co.uk/new-products/moira-handtied-vase

Look out for these colours on the cat walk, in fashion and home style magazines, in bogs and everywhere on social media. You’ll also find inspiration on our Hagley Flower School Pinterest   boards. Look out for our colour trends themed workshops.

What do you think of this colour trend? If you create a design in this theme we’d love to see photos of your work J

Next month we’ll be exploring more of the colours for 2017 to inspire you to get creative.

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