Spring pastels

No matter which specialist fair you attened, pastels are the dominant theme. These trend colours already emerged as the winning team at the Insights-X in October 2019 and will be having a field day in spring 2020. Hues such as delicate pink, vanilla, apricot and mint already exuded a wonderful freshness during the fair, creating a spring-like atmosphere at the different booths.

A romantic touch for notes, planners and wrapping paper

Rössler Papier's Julie line – ideal for weddings or as an everyday collection – comes in a pale mint and pastel apricot. The delicate floral design was originally drawn by hand and digitalised afterwards to create a hand-made, illustrative character. The texture lends a watercolour feel to the paper and the boxes, which further emphasises the signature hand-painted look. Gift boxes, gift bags and wrapping paper, notepads, to-do lists and photo albums as well as many more products of the collection have been designed, printed and made by hand in Düren, Germany.

From writing utensils to fashion accessories

Since pastels are popular with all age groups, Pastelini by Karton P+P from the Czech Republic is a line offering everything from folders to notepads, ring binders, pencil cases, vanity bags, women's purses and much more. It allows you to indulge in your favourite pastel or personalise your very own wonderfully fresh mix of hues. Black zippers, elastics and lining lend a graphic modern touch to the products.

Soft colour creativity

Markers are no longer used to highlight important passages in a text or dates in a calendar alone, but also for bullet journaling and hand-lettering. These pens are up to the task with their wide chisel tip. Faber-Castell has therefore added three delicate nuances to its Textliner Pastel range: ultramarine, light green and vanilla. Available in three line widths with water-based ink, the markers perfectly complement all conventional types of paper. The markers come in a range of cases or can be sold separately from a transparent campaign display showcasing a hand-lettering print as a special eye-catcher.

Pilot's Pintor creative marker is ideal for writing, drawing and special oeuvres on a large range of different surfaces such as paper, wood, metal, plastic, glass, ceramics and textiles. Pintor Pastel comes in six different colours and four line widths. Those who like it more colourful will also find bright tones and a choice of metallic nuances to help create glam accents. Since Pintor is a water-based marker, the ink can be removed with a damp cloth from smooth surfaces when first applied, and even washes out of textiles. To eternalise one's creation, it will have to be fixated. This is best achieved on smooth surfaces with an acrylic spray-on varnish, while ironing works best for fabrics.

Be it in the office, at the desk at home or for DIY adventures – products in a fresh friendly pastel hue are the next big thing in spring 2020.

About the author:

Gabriela Kaiser has been the owner of a trend agency since 2002, after working 6 years as designer for knitwear. She visits trade fairs as a trend scout and gives lectures there. She advises companies from industry and trade on upcoming trends and writes regularly for various trade magazines.

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