It hardly seems that long ago that palettes for kids were filled with primary hues and clean pastels. During that same era, mothers chose the products and colors for their children's rooms, and kids lived with whatever Mom brought home.
The 21st century changed all that as color took a sophisticated turn. Brights were relegated to secondary status and pale hues became more complex. Today, juvenile palettes often parallel the choices Mom and Dad make for their own décor, but this can happen up to a year or so later. That means trend-right products for kids often include a mix of directional and established hues.
Materials trends for the younger set can follow an adult lead, too. At the recent kid's shows, Kind & Jugend and ABC Kids Expo, and the High Point furniture market, these trends were apparent in furniture for babies and kids:
- Barn-wood looks emerged for cribs, headboards and dressers
- Gray stains made a key statement
- Colored stains, including pinks and blues, were taking hold
- Two-tone finishing continued to build
- Cerused textures and techniques started to get noticed
- Upholstered detail, like those Mom and Dad love for their headboards were new for cribs
- Iron was in the earliest stages of a revival for cribs
For more about kids' trends, explore The Trend Curve Colors™ KIDS 2017 color-and-trend forecast. This all-new package includes 32 colors selected especially for kids, plus details for 10 trends targeted to a range of ages, from infant and toddler to back-to-school and back-to-college.