What's next after millennial pink?
Turning over a new leaf
We get it, millennial pink is here to stay. The colour has branded itself onto anything from sneakers and sliders to lipstick shades and hair colours, lending its nonchalant, too-cool-for-school hue to interior design as well. It amps up the ambience when paired with gold or brass and is smooth to the touch when cast in a seductive suede. But we'd like to think we're ahead of the curve by saying we've been there, done that — and even got ourselves a t-shirt. Even brand heads scoff or laugh at the mention of millennial pink as a trend, and if you're more of a leader than a follower, you'd do well by their advice.
One such personality we recently met was Brett Beadleson, the vice president of international sales for luxury contemporary furniture brand, Baker. In Singapore to launch its collection with French designer Jean-Louis Deniot, we met the gentleman at the Proof Living store in ION Orchard as we sat comfortably on one of Baker's new pieces, an elegant, cinder-coloured sofa. Beadleson knows a thing or two about millennial pink, or as he calls it, "dusty pink" and "blush" — the trendy hues of Baker's Almandine and Celestite sofas are prettily poised against a background washed with the soft and subtle paintjob by Farrow & Ball's Setting Plaster 231.
However, the North Carolina-based visitor was quick to note that the colour was introduced by the brand before everybody else made an entrance. "You're probably looking at mid-2015," he answered when asked about how far back the Jean-Louis Deniot collection came into concept. "We were way ahead of that." He shared that Baker turns to the fashion weeks in Paris and Milan when choosing their colours. "We look at what's coming down the runway and those colour palettes will quickly start to roll out of the other parts of design and fashion," he shared. So what's next?
"The colour we're seeing right now, we call it peacock," he said after a pause. "We hate to use the word teal, it's kind of like a bluish green. It's almost a royal blue or green — that bright peacock blue-green." Point taken. We've done the homework and found that the loud and proud hue is definitely starting to make a statement. Whether it's bold and brazen as the focal point of a space, or in creatures of comfort such as pillows and throws, peacocking is pretty much what's up and coming, faster than you can think pink.
That's not to say we're entirely casting millennial pink aside. Baker's structured yet simple — Deniot comes from a school of architecture — sofas still get our nod of approval, but perhaps you'd want to throw in a peacock accent for an update. See below for ideas from interior designers themselves.