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If any colour could give a home a hug, it’s Sweet Embrace™, AkzoNobel’s Color of the Year 2024. The pastel pink shade, inspired by soft feathers and evening clouds, is perfect for creating the calm and welcoming spaces so many of us crave.
This welcoming colour reflects extensive research into global social, design and consumer trends for 2024 which found that, in an uncertain world, we’re on a quest to belong. We need places that make us feel calm and we also seek moments of joy in everyday experiences. Identified by in-house paints and coatings colour experts and international design professionals, these three trends will influence how we live in the coming year.
“With society in a state of flux, we’re reassessing how we cope with the world,” says Heleen van Gent, Creative Director of AkzoNobel’s Global Aesthetic Center. “Starting at home, we’re looking to create our own ‘special somewhere’ that grounds us in our individual memories and relationships. Our Color of the Year, Sweet Embrace, and its three complementary color palettes can help us achieve that. They enable us to personalise our environments to fit the times we live in, as well as bringing a sense of stability and moments of joy to our spaces.”
As part of the 2024 ColourFutures colour trend report, three decorative paint colour stories have been designed around Sweet Embrace to help consumers choose on-trend and harmonious wall colours that reflect their unique personalities. The warm colour story reminds you of home, a place that feels comfortable and safe and combines shades of stone, soil and clay.
The calm colour story evokes thoughts of nature and the essence of life, bringing together the soft greens and blues of the woods and sea. Lastly, our uplifting color palette puts a smile on your face with dreamy lilacs and modern yellows.
On-trend colours, textures and special effects have been designed for the aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, metal furniture, lighting, cabinetry, flooring, building products and architecture markets, as well as decorative paints.
“Color of the Year often inspires long-term design partnerships in our businesses,” says Jan-Piet van Kesteren, Business Unit Director for Decorative Paints in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We combine consumer trend insights with in-depth colour and materials research and market analysis in our ColorSurfaces trend collection to bring market-specific solutions to our customers and work together with them on the perfect finish for their projects.”
For more information about our Color of the Year 2024, visit the web page. You can also follow the #CF24 and #YourSpecialSomewhere hashtags on social media.