If you plan to redecorate your home next year, your shopping expeditions might turn up a preponderance of toasters, rugs and sofas in shades such as antique-white, coral and sea green -- just a few of the hot colors we'll be seeing on home products in 2013, according to the View Home + Interior's 2013 forecast from Pantone, the color authority.
Every year, retailers, manufacturers and designers consult Pantone's forecast for trends that are later reflected in the colors you find on the bedding, pillows, curtains, furniture, kitchen appliances, stemware and other home products in stores.
The color forecast culls its picks from trends bubbling up in the culture, including fashion shows, art shows, and pop culture in the U.S. and around the world, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, tells DailyFinance.
Neutrals, such as greys, taupes and soft greens, make a strong showing on this year's list.
"Historically, when the economy is dicey, and people are concerned about how they're spending their money on big ticket items [such as furniture and carpeting] in particular, they are more inclined to buy neutral colors," which are more practical and timeless, she says.
At the same time, expect to see pops of bold colors on lower-priced home accessories such as placemats and pillows, as home furnishings suppliers and retailers look to meet consumers' desire to "have fun with color" on purchases that won't break the bank, she says.
Greens and blues also featured prominently. Those tend to be perennial favorites, because shoppers, particularly in coastal markets, are drawn to shades found in nature, which also connote "zen, and something we can rely on," Eiseman says.
But perhaps what's most notable about the list is how much it echoes last year's forecast. In uncertain economic times, people tend to stick close to the status quo, Eiseman says. There are colors that have "staying power and can be relied upon as a steadying influence in unsteady times," she said, during a presentation at International Home & Housewares Show this month.
Here are Pantone's nine directional palettes for 2013:
Pantone Forecast: These Colors Will Dress Your Home Next Year
Pantone's Palette Predictions: These Colors Will Dress Your Home in 2013
This regal color palette evokes a celebration of the finer things in life, Pantone says. The colors are a combination of monochromatic violets and orchids like Liquid Pink Nectar, Deep Mahogany, White Alyssum and Beechnut Green.
This palette is "sleek and sensuous," echoing the art deco era, but with modern influences, the forecast says. Hues include Rio Red, Monaco Blue, Tap Shoe Black and Chinchilla, Gray Moon Mist and Jasper Teal.
This palette reflects an updated spin on the preppy-collegiate colors often found in flags and banners. They include Ribbon Red, Bright White and Sodalite Blue.
Playing up the colors of the cowboy and cowgirl styles from the Old West, this palette draws from things like weathered wood and animal hide. Colors include Raw Sienna, Vintage Indigo and Stonewash.
This orangey and spicy palette suggests zesty, piquant scents. The colors include Spiced Coral, Brandied Melon and Apple Cinnamon.
This palette of lively tribal colors includes Tangerine Tango, Peacock Blue and Pink Flambé.
The colors of Sojourn are designed to evoke a magical journey. They include Syrah, Blackish Plum and Baton Rouge Fuchsia.
This textural palette reflects hues that simulate both smooth and nubby surfaces. These include liquid-like ocean, sea and air inspired hues such as Maui Blue, Vapor Blue and Tornado Gray, as well as visuals that suggest rough surfaces like Fallen Rock and Birch.
Off-beat and whimsical, this palette is all about eye candy, with colors designed to grab attention, such as Bonnie Blue, Pureed Pumpkin, Chocolate Truffle, Amber Green, Linden Green, Golden Rod, Bright Violet and Rosebud.