Just as we have done in the past, we like to report on color trends for the upcoming year. Many paint companies have recently released their “color of the year” selections, and the trend seems to be bright. Historically, color selections have reflected the economy – when the economy is strong, rich hues appear to signal “richer” times, and people make bolder choices. This seems to be the case for 2015. Current and on-trend colors are all shades of red, corals, blues, and greens.
Pantone, the company that considers itself the authority on colors in consumer trends, recently announced Marsala as their color of the year. Pantone called it a “naturally robust and earthy wine red that is subtly seductive.” Marsala is clearly a “rich” color choice. Think of the tasty wine that adds a satisfying richness to chicken and veal dishes, all the while being sophisticated, natural and earthy. While Marsala is bound to be a huge color for home goods, “it is not the color that swallows the world” according to Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Institute for Color. She sees this color as “more of an accent adding a splash to a room with a throw pillow or rug.”
Sherwin-Williams has introduced Coral Reef, from the Buoyant Collection, as their color of the year. Another rich color, it is a happy, uplifting and vivacious hue – the perfect mixture of red, pink, and orange that clearly reflects the upturned economy and celebrated a time for renewal. Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing, has said that “Coral Reef embodies a cheerful approach to design that we are seeing for the coming year.”
PPG Paints has announced Blue Paisley as their color of the year for 2015 – a crisp, saturated blue, it is “an enthusiastic color which reflects an optimistic outlook” according to Dee Schlotter, brand manager for PPG Paints. In a press release they called it a “ lavish, but not quite royal, shade of blue.”
Other paint selections for the upcoming year include Benjamin Moore’s Guilford Green, Dutch Boy’s Coal Blue, and Behr’s Essential Teal from their Deep Dreams palette.
Any of the colors from these companies can bring about a transformation in your home. Color can energize, refresh, calm, expand, or warm a space . Mixing and matching paints from these different palettes may be a scary proposition so it could be wise to consult with an interior designer or color specialist. With a bit of thoughtfulness and balance, a space that is inviting and harmonious and a true reflection of your own personality can be had.