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2017 PPG Color Trends

“Violet Verbena is at once as nostalgic as it is modern. It’s substantial in a world that can sometimes seem so temporary, luxurious in a harsh world that needs pampering, and introspective and private in an invasive world,” said Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager, PPG. “Purple was unanimously selected as the 2017 Color of the Year by PPG’s global color experts for its distinctive qualities. We are seeing this shade of violet on the runway in fashion, and in textiles for the commercial and residential segments.”

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Schlotter cited a new era of consumer mindsets as part of the reason that the PPG Paints brand selected Violet Verbena as the hottest color for 2017. These new attitudes defy convention and blend ideations of gender, relationships, careers, workplaces and living spaces, she said. “Consumers now embrace the middle ground between masculine and feminine, young and old, and work and leisure. Violet Verbena’s blending of gray and violet reflects that middle ground,” Schlotter said. Violet Verbena serves as an ideal evolution of the bohemian, gypset (gypsy-jetset) consumer lifestyle that has been trending recently. As this type of consumer shifts in to new attitudes and experiences - they are becoming more mindful, more mystic, and more deeply involved in spiritual exploration and fascinated with cosmic exploration, she said. “Consumers are drawn to the galactic dark colors that combine deep purples, blues and grays to create an intriguing futuristic vibe,” Schlotter said.


COLOR OF THE YEAR PPG’s more than 20 color stylists around the world, each specializing in different markets, collaborate to determine styles and color trends for homes as well as electronic devices and automobiles. The company’s unique position as a color leader in multiple industries enables it to observe and translate emerging global color trends for its customers’ applications – from consumer goods to automotive, from residential to commercial to industrial design. The PPG Paints brand’s 2017 Color of the Year is a unique violet hue with a quality that allows it to adapt to surrounding environments and complement a variety of design aesthetics. When paired with dark neutrals, the color unveils gray undertones, but when paired with whites, it reads as a purer purple, according to Schlotter. Its design appeal is similarly nuanced, she said. “Violet Verbena blends perfectly with many different surroundings, like a chameleon. It looks polished yet playful in a child’s room, and it is calming enough to be used in hospitals or other spaces that require tranquility. “The color is a modern choice for interiors and furnishings, yet it is elegant enough to be incorporated into traditional designs,” she continued. “Violet Verbena is colorful enough to make a statement, but it can also be considered neutral with its gray undertones.”

as Willow Tree (PPG1112-6), Gray Violet (PPG1014-5), Silver Screen (PPG1014-3) and not-quite gray Violet Verbena. BIOCENTRIC: This design story is representative of air and the idea that we are all connected, and the palette dazzles with space-inspired hues and saturated organics. PPG Paints brand colors Spinach Salad (PPG11-16), Blueberry Muffin (PPG1164-5) and Enchanting Eggplant (PPG13-07) give the palette an organic vibe, while Black Flame (PPG1043-7), Cavalry (PPG1041-7) and Witchcraft (PPG10377) offer blue-black mystery to the palette and pair beautifully with Violet Verbena. Incorporating these colors into the home gives the look of contemporary elegance and laid-back charm. Violet Verbena and all the colors of the 2017 Pendulum color trend stories, along with 2,000 colors in PPG’s palette for THE VOICE OF COLOR® system, are available at PPG Paints stores and independent retailers across the United States in the PPG Paints, PPG PORTER PAINTS® and PPG PITTSBURGH PAINTS® product lines. To learn more about the PPG Paints brand or to find a store near you, visit www.ppgpaints.com or contact your HBAGC local Member Representative - Mark Hall 219-240-9189.

Violet Verbena is the focal point of PPG’s four global color trend stories for 2017, which center on the theme of Pendulum: earth, water, fire and air. For the first time, the PPG Paints brand includes its Color of the Year in all of its trend themes, as the prevalence of this hue allows it to live in every story. The four themes are: HOURGLASS: A classic palette with a contemporary spin, this theme represents the earth element, with consumers finding stability in what they know and gravitating toward designs rooted in historical relevance. The palette incorporates rich, royal hues such as PPG Paints brand colors Burgundy Wine (PPG1053-7), Old Mill Blue (PPG1171-6) and Castle Stone (PPG1128-7), blended with a healthy dose of neutrals such as Pearl (PPG1087-2) and Go To Gray (PPG1004-1), to pair beautifully with wood, marble and stone tile. The lavender hues of Violet Verbena add to the royal nature of these colors, while still blending effortlessly with greens, blues and neutrals. ES/SENCE: This theme focuses on the element of water, purity and the premise that less is unequivocally more. In a time when many consumers are embracing minimalism, the colors in this palette evoke a sense of simplicity and relaxation. Watery blues, lush greens and soft blended tones provide a mellow, calming and refreshing mentality. Sea Mist (PPG1227-1), Ancestral (PPG1047-4), Almond Cream (10863) and Simply Elegant (PPG1155-3), a few of the colors in the palette, create a soft, calming ambiance and pair beautifully with soothing Violet Verbena. IMPOWER: Centered on change powered by the fire element, this complex palette incorporates deep tones, light neutrals and everything in between. It celebrates the fact that consumers do not have to define themselves by any specific design personality, but can exist somewhere in between. Consumers drawn to this palette can pair furnishings and colors from various genres and disciplines in a decadent yet easy fusion. Bold colors of the PPG Paints brand such as Azure Tide (PPG1231-6), Cenote (PPG17-02), Red Licorice (PPG1186-7) and Crushed Pineapple (PPG1213-7) pair with muted neutral tones such www.HBAGC.com 7


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TREND SPOTTING CASUAL MARKET CHICAGO By Steve Kleber, Kleber & Associates

A recent American Institute of Architects study has shown that outdoor living areas top the list as one of the most popular requests from potential buyers. And the National Association of Realtors 2016 Remodeling Impact Report confirms that outdoor remodeling projects add considerable resale value, while increasing homeowners’ satisfaction. The desire for indoor-outdoor transitional living has firmly caught on across the country to incorporate “a seamless transition” between the two spaces. In response to the growing demand for outdoor living, manufacturers have “upped the ante” and are creating unique furniture to bring the luxury of interiors to the outdoors. Casual Market, based at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, exhibits the latest trends in color, design, pattern, and more all under one roof. This year, the Kleber & Associates team swept the aisles in search of the latest and greatest in outdoor living. Two particular trends stood out to our team: cool-tone hues and bold stripes.

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Steve is a passionate force within the agency. He has a deep understanding of the home and building industry, and brings valuable insights on current trends and how they relate to consumers, architects, distributors, builders, remodelers, designers and manufacturers. Steve’s past presentations and white papers include an exploration of Small Spaces, Social Media and Search as it relates to ROI… and consumer trends in relation to specific demographic groups. He is president of the National Remodeling Foundation and the immediate past president of the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Center for Kitchen and Bath Education and Research.

BOLD STRIPES While the K&A team walked through the mart, we could have sworn we were in the French Riviera. Bold stripes reminded us of a modern interpretation of classic Cote D’Azur style. Armchairs, loveseats, and chaise lounges were tastefully displayed throughout showrooms and added a touch of glamour. Erwin and Sons and Summer Classic explored this swanky trend with their designs aimed at fashionable consumers. COOL TONE HUES Over the last decade, neutral tones have reigned supreme in the outdoor living world. This year, however, manufacturers have broken the beige mold, and have begun to utilize cool tones to bring a fresh feel to the outdoors. Fabrics in pale lavender, grey, and teal covered furniture in showrooms at the Mart. Mallin Casual Furniture and Brown Jordan were just two manufacturers who exemplified this cool trend.

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he National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodeler of The Year award recognizes superior business management, exemplary NAHB involvement at all levels and outstanding contributions to the remodeling industry. This year, Northbrook resident Michael Menn, principal of Michael Menn, Ltd. in Northbrook, was chosen to receive the Remodeler of the Year award in recognition of his significant professional remodeling achievements. The announcement was made at the NAHB Remodelers’ awards presentation on October 6th during the National Remodeling Show in Baltimore, Maryland. Publisher and Editor Patrick O’Toole, co-sponsor of the 2016 National Remodeler of the Year award, stated “Michael Menn exemplifies what a professional remodeler brings to this industry. Over the last 26 years Michael has brought design to the forefront in remodeling.” Menn responded, “I am honored to have been selected by my industry peers for this prestigious award.”

Menn has served as president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago – Remodeler, and is a member of The American Institute of Architects, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and National Kitchen and Bath Association. As a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), Menn has specialized training to design and build residences and rooms for clients planning to remain in their homes through their senior years. Michael Menn, Ltd. is located at 1930 Phillips Avenue in Northbrook. For more information call (847) 770-6303 or view the company’s website at: www.michaelmenn.com

Michael Menn has been providing residential and commercial architectural and construction services since 1977. He is a licensed architect in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Arizona, and has reciprocity in more than 40 states. Menn established his first architectural private practice in 1983, focusing on custom residential and commercial projects. Over several decades, and under Menn’s guidance, the firm evolved into a diverse architectural, planning, interior design and construction company. Menn has won numerous professional awards, including the Illinois State Remodeler of the Year award on two occasions. He has been honored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago, the National Association of Home Builders, and Remodeling Magazine. Menn has received the Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics from the Illinois Better Business Bureau, an accomplishment of which he is especially proud.

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eptember brought continued annual gains in Illinois median home prices, while statewide sales declined slightly, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in September 2016 totaled 13,940 homes sold, down 0.6 percent from 14,029 in September 2015. The statewide median price in September was $180,000, up 5.0 percent from September 2015 when the median price was $171,350. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less. “Sellers are still seeing the benefits of a market where prices have consistently risen for the past four years,” said Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR, of Mokena, president of Illinois REALTORS® and managing broker of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in Orland Hills. “The tight inventory of homes on the market and a decline in the average time it is taking to sell show buyers are still in the market, they just aren’t finding as much as they would like from which to select.” The time it took to sell a home in September averaged 58 days, down from 65 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 64,934 homes for sale, a 13.2 percent decline from September 2015 when there were 74,794 homes on the market. The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixedrate mortgage was 3.46 percent in September 2016, an increase from 3.44 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In September 2015 it averaged 3.90 percent. In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in September 2016 totaled 9,895 homes sold, up 0.1 percent from September 2015 sales of 9,887 homes. The median price in September 2016 was $218,000 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 5.1 percent from $207,500 in September 2015. “Annual sales growth in September was flat in Illinois and Chicago,” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois. “Prices, though, continued to increase and this trend is expected to prevail for the next three months. Both the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index and the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index pointed to positive directions at the national level as a result of a

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positive outlook on the labor market. Unfortunately, job growth in Illinois has been way below the national level, dampening housing sales.” According to the data, forty-three (43) Illinois counties reported sales gains for September 2016 over previousyear numbers, including St. Clair County, up 18.8 percent with 265 units sold; McHenry County, up 17.1 percent with 479 units sold; and DuPage County, up 3.6 percent with 1,223 units sold. Fifty (50) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Winnebago County, up 13.5 percent to $105,000; Kane County, up 12.9 percent to $210,000; Peoria County, up 8.3 percent to $129,900; and Cook County, up 4.7 percent to $225,000. The city of Chicago saw a 3.2 percent year-over-year home sales decrease in September 2016 with 2,336 sales, down from 2,414 in September 2015. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in September 2016 was $261,500, up 4.6 percent compared to September 2015 when it was

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“We continue to see a vibrant Chicago real estate market with homes moving quickly and with steady median price gains,” said Matt Silver, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and partner at Urban Real Estate. “It is taking 42 days to sell a home, indicating buyers are eager to purchase when they find the right property.” Sales and price information are generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 28 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of Oct. 7, 2016 for the period September 1 through September 30, 2016. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will. Illinois REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose more than 44,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, Illinois REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation to safeguard and advance the interest of real property ownership.


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Holiday Party Date: December 1, 2016 Time: 5:00 pm

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