the 2015 colour story

You have no doubt seen several different posts by now decrying various colours as Colour of the Year for 2015. Though Pantone is seen as the international market leader for colour trends across all markets and spectrums, paint companies also make selections based on their own sales trends and forecasts. So how does the larger picture appear?

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A sampling of the chosen 2015 Colours of the Year.

Strong, but not overly bright. And veering in varying directions. The big four—Pantone, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams, and AkzoNobel (more commonly known as Dulux)—presented very earthy shades.

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Farrow and Ball : 4 key colours for 2015

Interestingly, Farrow and Ball chose four (4) key colours for 2015: “Our key colours for 2015—Pink Ground, Light Blue, Breakfast Room Green, and Tanner’s Brown—promote relaxation and reflection in interiors. Paler in appearance, they help to create spaces that live and breathe as we look to our homes as places of sanctuary from the stresses of modern day living.”

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Kelly-Moore opted for three (3), arriving at their choices in a unique way. “This is the first time, to my knowledge, that our industry went directly to the professional interior designers and asked them straight out what colour they believed would be the most influential for interiors in the coming year,” shared Dan Claybaugh, vice president of marketing for Kelly-Moore Paint. “Each year manufacturers and organizations across the country share what they believe to be their ‘Colour of the Year.’ Kelly-Moore decided it was time for to go directly to the pros who are tightly connected to the interiors market, and make colour decisions and purchases on behalf of their clients every day.”

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Suggested palettes for interiors for 2015.

As always, individual colour palettes offer versatility and something for everyone. While you may want to choose a “trend colour” as an accent, stick with what you love in larger areas.

 

 

marsala—the 2015 pantone colour of the year

I always love the season when companies begin announcing their official colours of the upcoming year. One by one, they trickle out, but it is Pantone that most of us await most eagerly.

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Pantone 2015 Colour of the Year

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Institute, calls Marsala a “sensual and bold” red-brown hue. Depending on how your eye interprets colour, you may not see any brown at all, but think it veers more towards the purple spectrum. Even so, you will note a significant difference from 2014’s colour of the year, Radiant Orchid.

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Pantone colour of the year history

In case you’ve not yet seen Pantone’s colour trends for home+interiors for 2015, here’s a refresher. (Click the link for full palette details.)

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Pantone 2015 interiors+home

Interestingly, Marsala does not feature prominently in the 2015 home+interiors palettes. In fact, it does not appear at all. But you could easily add a touch of Marsala to many of the 9 palettes and achieve a stunning result.

You can steal ideas from the fashion palettes if you prefer to have colour combinations pre-selected, which suggests five (5) Marsala-inspired themes. One which seems particularly popular is Marsala with Sandstone (Pantone 16-1328) and Classic Blue (Pantone 19-4052).

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Pantone 2015 Colour of the Year

Then again, it makes quite the statement all on its own, don’t you think?

 

pottery barn f/w 2014 colour palettes

The latest palettes from Sherwin-Williams and the Pottery Barn family of stores offer some phenomenal colour combinations in the making.

Seasonal Palette

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*Wall colors shown are SW 6244 Naval, SW 6004 Mink, & SW 7024 Functional Gray
(photos via Sherwin-Williams)

From subtle hues to bold expressions, the colours in Pottery Barn’s Fall/Winter 2014 seasonal palette have been created to perfectly complement their home furnishings and decor. Now it’s easy to wake up a sleepy bedroom, update a bath or refresh every room in the home in effortlessly coordinated style.

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Pottery Barn Seasonal Palette F/W 2014

Pottery Barn Kids

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*Wall colors shown are SW 7019 Gauntlet Gray, SW 6893 Kid’s Stuff & SW 7511 Bungalow Beige

Pottery Barn Kids’ Fall/Winter 2014 paint palettes make it easy to create the perfect nursery, bedroom or playroom. From soft pastels to rich, bold hues, each colour combination has been carefully selected to coordinate with a variety of furniture collections and accessories. Pick a favourite palette and let the inspiration begin!

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Pottery Barn Kids Palette F/W 2014

PB Teen

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*Wall colors shown are SW 6244 Naval, SW 0038 Library Pewter, & SW 7069 Iron Ore

Give your room a kick of colour! PBteen’s Fall/Winter 2014 paint palettes make it easy to create the perfect room or lounge space to fit your style. From softer colours to rich, bold hues, each colour combination coordinates perfectly with a variety of our furniture collections and accessories. Pick your palette and have some fun!

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PB Teen Palette F/W 2014

See any colour combinations you’d like to try?

 

tuesday trending: grey days

Love it or hate it, grey is not disappearing from interior colours or trends any time soon. The good news is that there are literally hundreds of greys from which to choose. And while there once was a time when grey paired only with other greys, perhaps with hints of white, black, or maybe red, there are some fantastic colour combination from which to pull inspiration.

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Somerly Clubroom | image: Niki Papadopoulos

“We’ve definitely seen grey paint colours becoming more and more popular. One thing to look out for is that grey (from all manufacturers) is very much influenced by light and time of day. It is definitely worth using a sample pot and painting a bit of each wall in the room and taking a look at the colour at different times of the day.”

~Ashley Spooner, of Paint and Paper

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design: Blanco Interiors

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via lovehome.co.uk

“Grey is one of the most on trend and flattering colours for the home. It provides a neutral backdrop whilst injecting character into a room. The spectrum of greys on the market is now vast with most of the Posh paint brands offering many tones of grey – from dark battleship greys to the merest whisper.”

~Fired Earth

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Architectural Digest

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“A higher saturation of grey in colours gives them a mellow appearance. Have a look at Polished Pebble, Chic Shadow, Misty Mountain and Urban Obsession as well as the wide selection in the ‘Calm Neutrals’ section of the Dulux colour unit at your local DIY superstore.”

~Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director, Dulux

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via Mad About The House

The chameleon among colours, grey is a classic, refined neutral that works well with any colour scheme. Depending on the shade, it can be cool and calming or, with a little bit of silver, energetic.

~Benjamin Moore

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via sixdifferentways.com

Urban neutrals – such as concrete grey and black – balance the intense hues and work well with bright bolds in any decor.

~Sico

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via Decoholic

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Though all colours will alter in appearance based on lighting, both natural and artificial, you want to choose your greys carefully. How do you do that?

From Fired Earth:

“For North and West facing rooms we would advise choosing a grey with just the slightest hint of beige such as Pier Point or Keychain, both of which are made up of pigments which draw in the light and warm up as the evening draws in, with the introduction of artificial lighting turning the grey tones from cold to cosy.

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via Pinterest

“East and South facing rooms can get away with slightly more blue toned grey paints. However it is important to bear in mind that the UK tends to have cooler light so layering up tonal greys is another useful way of making a room not look too cool and clinical. By laying up tones such as Fired Earth’s Peace and Quiet and Modernist White you can use the lighter paint to bounce some light around the room. We would suggest keeping your wood work just off white by using an Eggshell such as Fired Earth’s Silica or Aunty Maud to highlight.”

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grey living room by Paul Massey

Lest you want to see a little more grey, here are some great examples of the many shades available to you.

2015 s/s consumer trend colours

A great quick reference visual of hot colours for spring/summer 2015, overall, as well as his and hers. These may not be the shades recommended specifically for interiors, but there is a strong probability you will see them popping up on home fashions, accessories, and the like.

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All colours are from Pantone.

What are your favourites?