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This year's Colour Canvas 2009 Collection from Hirshfield's includes the following emerging trends: Earthwatch, Ease, Exploration, Evolution and Expression. Under their inspiration, walls become a canvas of lively tones or serene shades.

The Color Canvas 2009 Collection features five-up-and-coming trends and 35 colors available exclusively at Color Guild member locations.

Color Guild, the global paint authority, has announced the emerging trends in paint colors expected to influence both interior and exterior paint selections throughout the year.

“One of the overriding paint trends in 2009 will be the return to elemental colors,” said Lynn Ludlow, Color Guild color consultant. “A focus on the state of the global economy, as well as the environment will bring consumers back to neutral colors, such as muted yellows, soft grays, café browns and kakis, in the home.”

Color Guild 2009 paint trends are derived by researching and observing color trends and social issues around the globe, including ecological issues, technology discoveries, political issues and even sporting events.

According to Robert Shapiro, Color Guild executive director, there are five main paint color trends that will be hitting homes in 2009. The trends have been labeled Ease, Earthwatch, Exploration, Evolution and Expression.

Earth-Watch Sustainability is now a global initiative for every citizen on the planet. From fresh water to clean air, the Earth-Watch color collection re-introduces natural colors as a simple reminder of how to make planet Earth a better home. The Earth-Watch color palette allows consumers to surround themselves with organic colors featuring earth tones blended with ocean blue. view Earth-Watch here

Ease For too many consumers, life is fast-paced and complex. The Ease color collection focuses on the trend to simplify and slow down life. This color palette of soft grays, muted greens and soothing lilac allows consumers to bring peace and serenity back into their home. view Ease here

Exploration Our world continues to shrink, while our social conscience expands. More than ever, consumers are traveling beyond their home borders to learn and do more. These experiences are resulting in a blend of cultural influences that are filtering into the home. The Exploration palette is an assortment of colors that are hopeful and optimistic, including café browns, kakis and deep reds. view Exploration here

Evolution The global focus on reducing waste by recycling and repurposing products is changing the behavior of consumers and businesses alike. The Evolution color palette reflects this lifecycle focus with muted yellows and taupes. view Evolution here

Expression While we all reach out to protect and serve our planet, we must also maintain our own individual identities. This trend reveals itself through a palette of vibrant colors the Color Guild has coined “Expression” that range from organic greens, and colorful peaches to dramatic purples. view Expression here

Get the inside scoop on color trends in the pocket-size Color Canvas Collection card, available soon at Hirshfield's.

About Color Guild

Color Guild is comprised of more than 55 independent paint manufacturers from 14 different countries and is dedicated to the marketing, promotion and selling of paint products. The combined expertise and experience of the member companies makes Color Guild uniquely qualified to serve as a definitive resource on color and coatings. For more information visit: www.colorguild.com

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