Text by Elizabeth Czapski
After years of reigning neutrals, vibrant color has recently made a big splash back into the design world, and while injecting bold, saturated hues into previously subtle schemes makes for a fun refresh, it can also result in a daunting decision process. Pantone serves as a guiding light into color trends, and earlier in 2022, we spotlighted their color of the year, Very Peri, with inspiration for both interiors and the garden. With fall breezes on their way in, we’re looking ahead to upcoming color trends with the help of both Pantone’s Autumn/Winter 2022/2023 report and our Autumn issue, on newsstands now. We hope you’ll draw vision for your own cottage as you immerse yourself in this dynamic spectrum of 10 vivid tones “that bring together our coexisting desires for rest and relaxation with exuberant expression,” as described in Pantone’s report and brought to life across our colorful pages.
Lava Falls—This plush orange-red wing chair makes a captivating yet cozy addition to the corner of an antiques-filled Alabama greenhouse, blending with a backdrop of crisp, fallen leaves in a similar burnished hue.
Samoan Sun—Echoing the golden tones of a changing maple tree just beyond, this sunny yellow tablecloth and coordinating napkins bring cheer to an alfresco autumn setting that captures several other colors from Pantone’s report in both tableware and natural accents.
Orange Tiger—These pretty dessert plates in Herend’s classic Fortuna Rust pattern instill a timeless look, while the motif’s expressive orange tint makes a fiery statement that will invigorate any fall tablescape.
Rose Violet—The kaleidoscopic spectrum of these artful velvet pumpkins spans many trending shades, including Lava Falls and Orange Tiger, but the vibrant zing of Rose Violet offers perhaps the most pop as it reverberates in the pink pieces of the dramatic arrangement above.
Amazon—The lush green color of Hammett’s tall stoneware candleholders is as organic as it is bold, making it a versatile choice with limitless pairing options. Here, the grassy tone complements a trio of reactive glaze mugs that preview the next three selections on Pantone’s report.
Nosegay– With just a few well-placed pillows, this subtle pink shade brings the perfect note of serene color to a light and airy bedroom with feminine nuances restrained enough to work in the primary suite of this redesigned Maryland home.
Waterspout—A nature-inspired spirit with European grace fills this mountain house with comfort and style, and while it’s cloaked in rustic neutrals inside and out, the soft aqua hue on the front door imbues a charming touch of color for an idyllic cottage welcome.
Caramel Café—Artisan Leaf came about when three friends discovered an unexpected use for the big, beautiful leaves of tobacco plants in decorative surfaces. They procure a variety of leaves from around the world, but these wall panels are made from the rich golden-brown flue-cured stunners they handpick at local farms in their native state of North Carolina.
Midnight—“The vision for this space was bold but inviting,” says Leigh Misso, designer and co-owner of River Brook. And the team’s bold approach started with this eye-catching paint color. Narragansett Green by Benjamin Moore, described as a “blackened teal,” gives off moody midnight blue undertones when the sunlight hits it, with a feel that is at once classic and contemporary.
Martini Olive—Covered in a green velvet Schumacher fabric that instills warmth and a hint of intrigue, four swivel chairs set the foundation for this earth-toned living room in a Virginia cottage. The olive hue harmonizes with pillows and artwork that enliven the neutral space with a few dynamic dashes of Rose Violet.