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Color Palettes & Trends

Color plays an essential role in our lives. It can affect our mood, our emotions, and even our appetite. When it comes to the decorative architectural glass you choose for your office spaces or classrooms, the colors you select could play a role in employee productivity, student engagement, or even affect your brand.

You may be wondering how we create our color palettes at Goldray Glass. We recently spoke with Barbara Rumberger, our Design Manager, about the inspiration behind the color palettes she creates for Goldray. Barbara graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design (now Alberta University for the Arts) with a major in glass, so she really knows her stuff.

What inspires your color palettes?

In architectural spaces, nature plays a big part in color choices. We often try to bring the outdoors in by using warm, familiar color groupings.

But it all starts with the color wheel. We want to include every hue but also different tones and textures. We start with an extensive range of colors, and the hardest, and most time-consuming part, is slowly narrowing down the choices.

For our newest color selections, I chose to break the groupings into smaller subsets: analogous pastels, tetrads in mid-tones (two pairs of complementary colors), and triads of deep shades (colors on opposite sides of the color wheel), along with standard shades of white, grey and black. I make sure that the colors are harmonized to be mixed successfully in any color theme.

THE NAMES OF YOUR PALETTES ARE VERY CREATIVE. WHAT INSPIRES THE NAMES?

The off-white and neutral names are based on historical references; authentic colors don’t need an introduction. These include words such as whitewash, smoke, stone, and kohl. Tinted colors have more evocative names because the name can be as significant as the color itself—something you can taste, smell or feel. I like to use themes, alliteration, and word rhythm when choosing names for these groups, such as Peachy Keen, Groovy Purple, Avocado Crema, and Turquoise Tide.

HOW DO YOU CREATE PALETTES THAT WILL BE STYLISH FOR SEVERAL YEARS?

Unlike fashion or pop culture, we don’t change our standards every year, so balancing current trends with established standards is essential. This means using new, bright hues alongside popular neutrals. Eighty percent of the work we produce is from our off-white selections, but it’s essential to provide visual interest in the assembled palette, which is done with color. 

HOW MUCH DO CUSTOMER NEEDS AND PREFERENCES INFLUENCE YOUR WORK?

Being up to date on popular industry trends is important, but when we do choose a new collection, it’s heavily influenced by recurring choices from our customers.

WHAT SHOULD CUSTOMERS KEEP IN MIND WHEN SELECTING COLORS FOR THEIR GLASS?

Don’t be afraid to mix and match between color sets. The collection is based on complementary color schemes that can be combined to create exciting spaces. Have fun with it!

Not only can color be inspirational and create excitement in your space, it can play an essential role for your employees, clients, or customers. Choosing the right color can be a game-changer. If you are looking to add some impact to your space, explore our color options and contact our team to get the conversation going.

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