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The Sorbet Trend



Paula Taylor

Working on design and colour trends within the busy Graham & Brown studio Paula likes to keep abreast of all new colour and design ideas that are emerging for the future seasons. She is fortunate to work with many of Graham and Brown’s celebrated national and international designers and creates ranges with them from flock, flexo, gravure and screen. Paula also works on branded and own label product ranges for various customers around the globe.
Paula’s passion for purple is legendary and most ranges will have this colour in one form or another! 
She likes to spend her spare time out walking in the beautiful Ribble Valley countryside with her friends, husband and son where they usually end up falling muddily into a local pub to finish off the day!

The idea for the sorbet trend is taken from the little palette cleanser dish that you have between courses when you’re out for a slap up meal. This trend is here to refresh and revive our palettes for pattern and colour! 
 
With the economic slump we have been trending towards strong purple hues to brighten up our homes but these soft pastel colours and patterns are exactly what we need to revive the sprits.

The feel is also nostalgic and so the palette has a slightly retro feel to it with soft pastel colours reminiscent of an old ice cream parlour. We will see peaches, blush tones and primrose yellow combined with off white and nostalgic greys for the trend colours. The core colours will include the cooler sorbet shades that will mix perfectly with the warmer skin tones.
 
The key looks for our 2014 Sorbet trend are soft and transparent with lots of layers upon layers. 
We are also noticing a big trend for crumpled fabrics and linens so the feel is very cosy and lived in like pulling on a favourite jumper at the end of a hard day.
 
We will finally see the smaller all over confetti style flowers come into play this season with the soft transparent layers being key to give this look depth and lightness.
 
Nature will be a big resource for pattern and imagery with element highlighted in finishes that look sugar coated or frosted with mica and pearl effects.
 
Graduating stripes with ombre effects and watercolour bleeds with layers merging in a soft watery style will make good coordinates and bring the whole sorbet look together in a room, such as the Watercolour Meadow wall art as below.
The look is very feminine with watercolour flowers and stripes and natural images being a key area. 
 
The latest Superfresco Easy patterns bring this look together perfectly with the Eden range. The soft transparent watercolour effects of the beautiful floral design ‘Poppies’ teams brilliantly with its’ partner watercolour stripe ‘Poppies Stripe’. In the tonal mauve colour way it is a perfect example of the sorbet design style and colour palette in harmony.
 

Second Skin Paint from Graham & Brown
 
Team this with ‘Second Skin’ paint from the Platinum range  or ‘Tiede Violet’ and ‘Asian Sprit’ from Kelly Hoppen’s collection. 
 

Tiede Violet Paint from Kelly Hoppen

To complete the look add a little wall art choosing from our lovely collection of hand painted or photographic soft florals. I particularly like the Pink Hearts Compendium as it adds that feminine touch with lots of pattern fill details.