November 2018 Color Alert
Steps Beyond and Grounded
RGB: 157, 143, 133 and 192, 91, 87 HEX: #9d8f85 and 665b57
Steps Beyond and Grounded
Warm, and slightly opulent, Steps Beyond and Grounded are trend-forward grays that inspire stability with their toned style.
Color Marketing Group’s international scope is apparent, again, with the predictions for these similar, trending hues. Having emerged in 2016, in Asia Pacific (Steps Beyond) and Europe (Grounded), as predictions for 2018, they are being embraced around the globe.
Describing them as “neutral” does a disservice, though, as instead of being background hues, Steps Beyond and Grounded come forward as muted hues that are emotive and balanced. Their warmth emerges from imperceptible, balanced amounts of yellow and red, and the minimal chroma, and the influence of black, creates a solid foundation.
These are hues with which to stand your ground with a restrained posture.
Interiors, both residential and commercial, and fashion, are employing Steps Beyond and Grounded in ways that are directional in design and color. They are the evolution of our gray moment, adding a layer of depth with their warmth creates not only sophisticated colors, but extends the life of gray within our designed spaces and wardrobes. Gray exhibits the ability to move forward, “step beyond,” as it were, and continue as an important hue that offers a grounding element to a room, or ensemble.
These hues will be style-spotted in textiles, surfaces, paint, and floor coverings for the interiors industry, enhancing everything from area rugs to kitchen counters. It is an interior hue that is at once subtle, and trend setting.
Fashion is embracing Steps Beyond and Grounded as accent colors with a twist, not with a bold stroke, but rather with a subtle edge. Clothing, accessories, footwear, and more, receive the new gray treatment for advanced style.
Take a quiet stand with powerful grays, Steps Beyond and Grounded will give you a foundation, and move you forward.
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Base color of operations!
Having established themselves as trend forward hues, and the evolution of gray, the warm gray colors of Steps Beyond and Grounded are comfortable on their own, or becoming a base from which other hues can leap.
They form a modern aesthetic when used together, and when paired will shift with texture, sheen, or material, to add visual interest and a special dynamic. With fashion trends experiencing a monochromatic moment, Steps Beyond and Grounded are uniquely suited to a new gray chic. Their subtle opulence is far from a banker’s gray flannel suit.
Whether fashion, or interiors, a special quality is their ability to relate well with similar colors. Both are excellent playing off lavender and plum, dark blue, burgundy, off-white and metallics such as pewter and matte gold.
Steps Beyond and Grounded seemingly come from a simple origin, but their warmth and richness establishes new style and aesthetic possibilities.
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November 2018 CONTRIBUTORS: Judith van Vliet, Sandra Sampson, Mark Woodman, Maryanne Cole