5 ways to colour-up in 2019

Colour is one of the essential elements of design. And for 20 years, Pantone’s Colour of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including furniture and architectural design.

To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s colour experts comb the world looking for new colour influences. Anything from the entertainment industry, to art, fashion, design, travel destinations, lifestyle, technology, and socio-economic conditions.

Pantone’s latest pick, announced in December, is PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral. They describe it as sociable and spirited. A nurturing colour that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.

Although, not everyone is impressed.



But that’s the thing about colour. It’s subjective.

What one person loves another doesn’t necessarily even like. That’s why the use of colour in interior spaces requires creativity, talent, and judgement. And that only comes from experience and knowledge – one of the many reasons to employ a good designer! We all know the right colour choices can make or break a space.



If you’re keen to experiment with more colour in your fit-outs this year, we’ve put together 5 easy opportunities to colour-up using furniture. Whether its a dash of Living Coral, a splash of Deep Lake or a burst of Papaya, furniture choices are important in achieving your desired look.


5 ways to add colour to your fit-outs with furniture


Task chair upholstery


Often overlooked when it comes to colour, the humble task chair is a great opportunity given its prevalence across an office space. Colour pops can be added via your choice of fabric for seat cushions, with some products also offering back colour options. For example, the Sidiz T40 has a number of back mesh colour options available on indent orders – you don’t have to stick with black, black and more black!



Soft seating


The go-to choice for adding colour and texture to a space, your options for introducing colour through soft seating are endless. But why use one colour when you can use two? Mix and match fabrics on pieces such as Star, Slice or Helix. Or add pops of colour with ottomans and stools such as Rocco, Buzz or BeCon Spin.




Side chairs and stools


Dotting side chairs around the office, in breakout spaces and the cafe is not only practical it’s also another great colour opportunity. You can even take the colour outdoors. Add pops of red to the patio with Box or Cool. While indoor cuties like the Sidiz Button by Claudio Bellini will enable you to add any colour with your upholstery choice.



Table legs


Why look down on plain old black or white table legs when you can have any colour you chose? With our NZ designed and manufactured Pavilion range, you can order the legs in a powdercoat colour of your choice. This versatile system can be used in a variety of contexts and configurations including desks, leaners, meeting and boardroom tables.





Along with soft seating, for years screens have been the go-to option for adding colour. Nothing has changed there, but what has changed are the material options and design aesthetic. Products like all natural Reindeer Moss which offer acoustic and air purifying qualities provide opportunities for colour, shape and texture to be added to a space.




Colours influence how we see and respond to our environment. They can affect our mood, state of mind, and overall disposition. That’s why they’re so important to get right. So don’t overlook the impact your furniture choices can have on the overall colour impression of a space.

Go on. Push your colour creativity to new heights. Use colour to create inspired spaces – using furniture colours to enhance your palette.

And a side note: if you’re someone who’s great with colours, do you know the Dulux Colour Awards are now accepting entries from New Zealand designers? A great opportunity to show off your colour skills. Entries close 28th February.


Related reading: Should your fitout reflect your company colours?  Highlights of Culture@Work – Orgatec 2018


Our mission at Crestline Furniture Systems is to help create vibrant and effective workspaces where people love to work. Want to find out more? Give us a call on 0508 993 993 or email info@crestline.co.nz

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