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Feel the Sweet Embrace of AkzoNobel’s Color of the Year 2024

September 12, 2023

If any color could give a home a hug, it’s Sweet Embrace™, AkzoNobel’s Color of the Year 2024. The pastel pink shade, inspired by soft feathers and evening clouds, is perfect for creating the calm and welcoming spaces so many of us crave.

This welcoming color reflects extensive research into global social, design and consumer trends for 2024 which found that, in an uncertain world, we’re on a quest to belong. We need places that make us feel calm, and we also seek moments of joy in everyday experiences. Identified by in-house paints and coatings color experts and international design professionals, these three trends will influence how we live in the coming year.

“With society in a state of flux, we’re reassessing how we cope with the world,” says Heleen van Gent, Creative Director of AkzoNobel’s Global Aesthetic Center. “Starting at home, we’re looking to create our own ‘special somewhere’ that grounds us in our individual memories and relationships. Our Color of the Year, Sweet Embrace, and its three complementary color palettes can help us achieve that. They enable us to personalize our environments to fit the times we live in, as well as bringing a sense of stability and moments of joy to our spaces.”

As part of the 2024 ColourFutures color trend report, three decorative paint color stories have been designed around Sweet Embrace to help consumers choose on-trend and harmonious wall colors that reflect their unique personalities. The warm color story reminds you of home, a place that feels comfortable and safe, and combines shades of stone, soil and clay. The calm color story evokes thoughts of nature and the essence of life, bringing together the soft greens and blues of the woods and sea. Lastly, our uplifting color palette puts a smile on your face with dreamy lilacs and modern yellows.

On-trend colors, textures and special effects have been designed for the aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, metal furniture, lighting, cabinetry, flooring, building products and architecture markets, as well as decorative paints.

“Color of the Year often inspires long-term design partnerships in our businesses,” says Jan-Piet van Kesteren, Business Unit Director for Decorative Paints in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We combine consumer trend insights with in-depth color and materials research and market analysis in our ColorSurfaces trend collection to bring market-specific solutions to our customers and work together with them on the perfect finish for their projects.” 

For more information about our Color of the Year 2024, visit the web page. You can also follow the #CF24 and #YourSpecialSomewhere hashtags on social media.

About AkzoNobel

We supply the sustainable and innovative paints and coatings that our customers, communities – and the environment – are increasingly relying on. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from a pioneering paints company that’s committed to science-based targets and is taking genuine action to address globally relevant challenges and protect future generations.

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