Assurance: RGB: 28, 78, 115 CMYK: 94, 69, 33, 17 HEX: #1c4e73
Blue Portal: RGB: 41, 55, 93 CMYK: 93, 82, 37, 28 HEX: #29375d
Blue Elephant: RGB: 0, 89, 149 CMYK: 97, 69, 15, 2 HEX: #005995
We are exhilarated with blue’s timeless simplicity, its worldly appeal, and its friendly nature. It is a rare person who doesn’t like blue. And this year, with subtle variations on a theme, blue is continuing to dominate design conversations.
Predicted during CMG’s 2016 Asia Pacific, European, and North American meetings to emerge in 2018, it is international in scope, inspiration, and acceptance. Three closely aligned hues, Blue Elephant (APAC), Portal Blue (EU), and Assurance (NA) are not only a close-knit family, but demonstrate the wide appeal of one of nature’s prolific colors.
An all out emergence of the hue means blue for cars, blue for clothes, blue for kitchens, dishes, rugs, and furniture. And sometimes, it’s numerous blues all together in one piece. Warmer than timeless navy, these blues are an upbeat, modern take on versions familiar and classic.
Embrace the blues, in everything you can, because having “the blues” now has never been happier.
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Assurance (NA), Portal Blue (EU), and Blue Elephant (APAC) are beautiful, each and every one, and they are stunning together. As they burst from monochrome combinations, connect with other hues, and wear different finishes they soar beyond simply being blue.
A gleam of blue polished, curved metal adds a sensuous note and becoming part of a trio of storage units or side chairs creates a lighthearted touch. Blue serves as a perfect ground on which other colors can play, combining blue with yellow, orange, red, and green, adds dimension in pottery, rugs, and patterns.
And of course there is white, whether in fashion, tableware, textiles, or giftware the combination of blue and white is crisp, classic, and modern.
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May 2018 Contributors: Judith van Vliet, Sandy Sampson, Mark Woodman, Maryanne Cole