ColorTherapy: 2008 — A Year In Review

ColorTherapy: 2008 — A Year In Review

Mark Chamberlain
Jan 6, 2009

During our AT winter break, I had time to reflect upon the year 2008 (dreadful, but much growth) and realized that I should be making a top 10 list like everyone else. This year, I think I'll keep it to Top Two…

As I flip through my archives and bookmarks, I'm surprised to say that the number one color I'd written about would have to be grey or "off-black," by which I mean dark and dirty grey in all its myriad forms. I can't tell if I've tapped into a zeitgeist or trapped myself in a rut, but I do know from color forecasts that we're entering a period of pewter and dark neutrals, but I suspect that has more do to print and store design than anything else.

Early in the year I wrote about charcoal and mauve textiles at the New York Furniture Fair. I noticed also last summer's Turner show at the Met (paint by Farrow&Ball) featured gallery walls in smoky greys and deep mysterious blues.

Then this fall I mentioned in rapid succession Black Ink, Black, Lancaster Blue, and Cement Grey, a full set of the coolest bruise colors that could still remain cozy and elegant.

I noticed too over the course of the year my new fascination with yellow--probably because it makes me so uncomfortable--so let's call Deep Yellow my second pick of the year. Here are Beach Yellow, Citron, Ochre and //

Lastly, here are two columns that contain both grey and yellow.

How may we interpret what this indicates for the New Year? Tune in next week for Color Predictions 2009.

- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter

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