As we move into 2024, let’s take a look at some key colour and texture trends to inspire your school design projects! From new twists on classic hues to some surprising colour combinations, here is a snapshot of what is trending!
Our first colour trend for 2024 is peachy tones! Light creamy shades of peach and apricot paired with soft yellow or other pastel tones create an inviting and soothing atmosphere. We expect to see these shades a lot in the new year, further solidified by Pantone’s choice of Peach Fuzz as their Colour of the Year. Consider a peachy palette for a sentimental publication like a leavers book!
Bold red is ideal for eye-catching posters, business cards, and yearbook covers! Its vibrancy, especially when paired with thick, bold fonts, commands attention and helps highlight content or sections in your design. To balance the bold red, pair it with monochrome colours like black, white and grey.
Blue & Orange
Blue Nova, Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year, is a classic, mid-tone mix of blue and violet. We expect to see a lot of this shade in 2024. Although it may seem like an unexpected pairing, this colour works perfectly with bright oranges and rich rusty reds due to their complementary nature. Blue provides a calming, stable backdrop, while orange adds a pop of energy and creativity – ideal for a yearbook where you want to inject a bit of personality!
Heat-Mapping Colour Gradients
Gradients have long been a way to add uniqueness and visual interest to designs. In 2024, we expect to see more heat-mapping gradients and textures. This technique mimics the look of a heat map, with rainbow shades emanating from a source, bringing a sense of movement and vitality. Try it out for a yearbook cover or an event poster!
Our final trend is pixel patterns. This trend is characterised by fragmented, pixel-like squares, evoking a nod to the early digital age. Incorporate this trend as a background element, or try a font in this style. This trend is best when paired with neon and electric-looking colour palettes, which add a vibrant, tech-inspired look to the design!