Strong trend in warm earthy colour tones during pandemic


Archroma, a leader in colour and sustainable specialty chemicals, has announced that its quarterly trends in the orders of its colour standards and recipes seems to indicate a growing fondness among consumers for earth tones.

Archroma launched the Color Atlas by Archroma in 2016, a unique tool dedicated to providing fashion designers and stylists with off-the-shelf colour inspiration that can be implemented in production with just a few clicks. “Today, the Color Atlas by Archroma contains 4320 colours applicable on cotton poplin, almost double compared to similar tools available to textile and fashion specialists, with options for purer ingredients and lighter resource usage for brands exploring more sustainable collections,” the company said. “Engineered Color Standards empowered by NFC technology, as well as worldwide technical support, ensure seamless colour management from the colour selection to its implementation in production.”

The recent trend in colours is revealed by the most commonly ordered colour standards and recipe from the Archroma Color Atlas library, indicating a strong shift in home textiles, apparel and fashion towards warm earthy tones.

“Earth tones have been up and coming over the past few years,” Archroma confirms. “The colours listed in Archroma’s Top 10 Neutral Colors Trending Now are showing a longing for even much warmer tones in the recent months since the outbreak of the pandemic that has forced large parts of the population to stay at home – or at least work from home and drastically reduce their social life and interactions.”

“Interestingly, in its trend forecasts for 2020/2021 which were devised two years before the COVID-19 crisis, creative trend agency Carlin had already anticipated the growing need of individuals to refocus on what brings meaning to their lives. Carlin’s ‘Land, trend described the growing concerns related to sustainability, the desire to reconnect with wilderness, the search for authenticity, and even the expression of more sobriety in consumption,” the company added.

Archroma correlates this trend to the growing success of its EarthColors range of biomass-based dyes synthesized from wastes of the herbal or agricultural industries, such as almond husks, rosemary leaves or beetroot peels. EarthColors have seen an uptake on the market in the past year with a strong interest not only from fashion or denim brands but also from brands in the area of home décor with bedlinen collections in particular.

As people have been wearing more comfortable clothes at home during the past few months, the company has also seen more demand for the quieter tones among its range of Foron dyes than the usual bright colours in sportswear and athleisure.

Archroma anticipates that some of its solution systems supporting the consumers’ longing for more natural and calming tones will be in high demand in the coming months, in particular Color Caress, a nylon dyeing system for nude tones on bodywear and lingerie, or the upcoming CASUAL X SMART system especially developed for elegant wash-down effects for versatile work-to-office casual wear.

“This warm and comforting colour trend is now strengthening”, comments Edouard Keller, Head of International Sales at Carlin, “as the impact of confinement on urban dwellers catalysed their desire to return to the land. Whether fantasized or real, aspirations to reconnect with nature and healthier lifestyles spread and influence the attraction for less ostentatious colours that carry meaning.”

“Colours are well known for their influence on our mood”, says Chris Hipps, Director of the Archroma Color Management business. “Many people around the globe have been re-evaluating their priorities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and earthy tones have that capacity to bring us a warm comforting feeling among the anxieties and uncertainties that surround us. The Color Atlas colour standards that have been ordered in the past quarter give us a very precise snapshot of the current mood around the globe, and that mood is in need of warm comforting colours at home and on us. Because it’s our nature.”

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