One is not enough for a year like this!..

Colour in fashion

Every year, we see new colours, in various shades and combinations, coming into our stores. Whether it’s fashion on the high street or interior design in magazines, we all wait to see which colours will be ‘in’ and which will be ‘out’.
One of the major decision-makers when it comes to colour is Pantone. For over 20 years, Pantone’s Colour of the Year has affected us, whether we realise it or not. Everything from fashion and graphic design to product packaging and home furnishings are influenced by Pantone’s annual choice of colours. Therefore, many of us wait with bated breath to learn which colours have been selected.

The Pantone Colour Institute

The Pantone Colour Institute is the business unit within Pantone that brings to our attention the top seasonal colours, selects the Pantone Colour of the Year, forecasts worldwide trends in colour and even advises companies on the colour elements of products and brands.
The Institute explains that “the selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s colour experts… comb the world looking for new colour influences.” Apparently, all aspects of film, entertainment, art, fashion and travel are scrutinised before a decision is reached.

This year’s colours…

In December last year, we discovered that the colours of 2021 will be ‘Ultimate Grey’ and ‘Illuminating’, which is a cheerful, vibrant yellow. And they’re both really beautiful colours! But how did Pantone reach this decision? According to Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s Executive Director, “The union of an enduring Ultimate Grey with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted; this is essential to the human spirit.” And, in the midst of a global coronavirus pandemic, I agree that we really do need to feel uplifted. So, what a great combination of colours to introduce to the world right now.

Our Range

Inspired by Pantone’s choices, here at Baa Stool we’ve selected some of our own range of fabulous products to show you. From armchairs to draught-excluders, these beautiful sheepskin items are the perfect way to incorporate trendy colours into your own design in 2021, and for years to come.
At Baa Stool, we may not have ‘fifty shades of grey’, but we certainly have quite a few – as you’ll see from our photos below! Our gorgeous Sheepskin Rug in Slate Grey can add some much-needed texture to your design, as well as being sumptuously soft on your feet.
If you’re after something smaller, why not opt for cushions? Using cushions is a great way to refresh your existing scheme and keep it fashionable. Baa Stool’s Star Motif and Heart-Shaped Sheepskin Cushions are made in a deep slate grey, ideal for adding contrast to your design scheme.

When it comes to adding a little sunshine yellow into your life, our Lina Sheepskin Cocktail Chair is the height of eye-catching luxury.

This year’s colours…

Undoubtedly, though, our most striking option for adding colour to your home is our collection of Baa Stools. They’re our flagship product and they’re something we’re passionate about! They come in a range of stylish colours, including three shades of grey – Slate, Silver and Greige.

To celebrate this year’s choice we have developed a stool that combines both Illuminating Hairpin legs and Ultimate Grey (our Slate Grey) British Sheepskin cover in a limited edition Baa Stool.

Colour your world

According to Sally Augustin, writing in ‘Psychology Today’ a few years back, “our emotional response to [colours], has to do with colours’ saturation and brightness.” Saturation refers to how pure a colour is. Brightness, of course, is how light a colour is. Apparently, “Colours that are less saturated but bright, such as a bright sage green, are relaxing, and those that are more saturated and less bright, such as sapphire blues, are more energising to look at.”
Sally Augustin advises us to use colour in our homes because dull, beige tones can be under-stimulating and therefore actually quite stressful. She advises us to “colour our world” and I couldn’t agree with her more!

Personally, I think colours can affect us due to their personal associations. We all have favourite colours that we’re drawn to. I find mauve and lilac to be deeply soothing, while I find bright pinks exciting and animating. Sometimes I like to challenge myself with unusual colour schemes…and I use my hair colour to express my love of colour.  Most people wouldn’t consider combining reds and purples, but these colours remind me of fuchsias and I love them.

So why not add a little grey and yellow – or “resilience and hope” – to your home in 2021 so that you can feel “encouraged and uplifted” too?

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