WHEN COLORS ARE DISCONTINUED
By Margaret Riley
Each year we have a new palette of colors thrown at us. Do any of you remember when Mauve and Colonial Blue were the “in” colors? When people started seeking those colors for their home décor, so did our paint companies. Each company had various shades of Mauve and Colonial Blue for home décor accents to be created.
As paint companies created the “in” colors, many colors had to be taken out of the manufacturing line. Retail stores only have so much room to display and sell paints. If you have tried to find a specific color and couldn’t, it probably was a low selling paint color for the manufacturer. It might be your favorite color but manufacturers can’t keep every color in their “line”.
It’s hard on an artist/designer that creates pattern packets. They specify colors to use and then down the road those colors are discontinued. Most companies will have a combination to mix to achieve that color as close to the original color. But when an entire brand of paint is taken off the market, it is hard on everyone in the industry (artists, publishers, etc.). It can’t be avoided as colors come and go.
It is a good thing to have some colors discontinued. You have to look at the positive side that you have a company that keeps up with the trends and the going rage of specific colors. Most paint companies can be contacted to see discontinued paint colors for that year and see the new paint colors. One company has already announced its colors that will be discontinued in 2019. New colors will be introduced in January with all the paint colors you are familiar with.
Meanwhile, relax and enjoy the multitude of colors you have! Trying to keep up with the colors available can cause you to go insane (people think artists are a little weird anyway!).