CMF Forecast

Taking your design and development to the next level

How surface and materials work in partnership with colour is integral to our forecasting. Our bi-annual CMF (colour, material and finish) forecast is included in Colour Hive membership.


The macro drivers: An overview of the big picture influences driving consumer demands and expectations.  

Trend directions: Colour Hive's four focused themes for the season.

Colour, material and finish directions: An in depth analysis of CMF properties to guide development. 

Styling: Inspirational and directional CMF applications.

200 downloadable images: Fully credited for your own mood boards.


We are colour experts:

Our directional colour palettes are informed by an in-depth understanding of how and why colour families evolve.

In the CMF forecast we illustrate how colour interacts with properties of surface and material.

The standards for these colours are referenced to the closest Pantone, NCS and RAL, plus RGB, CMYK, LAB and HEX breakdowns.

Material and finish

Each theme features the key materials, surface patterns and finishes in a focused layout.

New for SS 2022, a styling section profiles the CMF story in real-world context for inspirational design direction.