3. Color trends transcend industries and culture.
In discussing trending hues for 2020 and the sources of inspiration for Pantone’s color forecasters, Pressman emphasized that color trends (including Pantone’s well-known annual Color of the Year) are inspired by everything from patterns and combinations seen around the world, to the application of color psychology to the current cultural and political climate. And color forecasting isn’t exclusive to the design industry—both fashion and product development of all kinds tend to follow the same color trajectories.
4. A formal design background isn’t necessary to find a place in the design industry.
While many of the Color Retreat speakers had interior design backgrounds, the majority (including our founders and Vishion CEO Samantha Smith) lack a formal design education. This certainly hasn’t held them back, though—with a good eye and years of experience, it’s possible to find a niche—and sometimes an outside perspective is just what it takes to find inefficiencies and propose big improvements. That leads us to our final takeaway…
5. The interior design industry is ripe for disruption.
While superstars and household names abound, the design industry has plenty of room for improvement. Nicole Gibbons described how Clare helps reduce decision fatigue by providing a limited palette of tried-and-true paint colors. Samantha Smith of Vishion created a color-based search engine app for furniture, fixtures, finishes, and more to streamline the specification process. And our founders built a furniture brand that is proving the value of hand-curation for a modern D2C audience.
When it comes to color and design trends, it’s true that change is the only constant—and one of our biggest takeaways? The fact that color is driving changes in the way design professionals work.