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Color Swatches: Should You Think Outside the Box?

January 17, 2013

Sometimes the color of a piece of furniture or decorative item can go unnoticed, blending into the room and not particularly grabbing a single person’s attention. And, sometimes, that’s the aim; to create a functional and simple space. There are certainly practical considerations of choosing colors, but colors can also elicit emotional response and recall distinct memories.

Recently, the Pantone Color Institute declared Emerald Green to be the color of the year for 2013. The analysis of this choice reveals the complexity in interpreting colors, including physiological, psychological, and economic connotations:

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature — the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity — no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.”  Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute

So, what does all this complexity mean for choosing the color of your upholstery?

  • The process can be as simple or as complicated as you’d like,
  • There are practical considerations to consider and current trends to look at or ignore,
  • But there’s ALWAYS room for creativity – and having fun

Understanding the emotion and dimension attached to color, DCT Leathers carries leather upholstery hides in 8 different categories of colors with 140 shades. The expansive choice allows the process to be personal. While there are common associations with colors that may be difficult to ignore, e.g. “red hot” or “ocean blue,” we’ve seen great customer satisfaction from choosing a color based on its personal meaning. Or from choosing to be unique – like a leading athletic fashion company choosing a unique hue of a bright color to upholster leather ottomans for shoppers to try on shoes.

Our wide color selection can make bold statements, be geared toward practical considerations, and make memorable first impressions. Do you have a color story to share? We’d love to hear from you.

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