colormix 2015 from sherwin-williams

The Sherwin-Williams colormix 2015 collection reflects a brightened outlook and an adventurous spirit for the year ahead. The colormix palettes provide design professionals with fresh colour combinations to inspire creativity as they design spaces for their clients.

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The universe is your paintbox, and you’re the curator, collecting colours that speak to you and combining them in fresh ways that will put a smile on your face.

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2015 colormix from sherwin-williams | @meccinteriors | design bites

Like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon, we’re poised for change. As modern life and technology rush at us, we seek an oasis where we can find balance, mindful living and tempo giusto (the “right time,” or the steady, regular beat of the heart).

We look to earth and sky for inspiration, finding raw beauty in striations and gently blurred hues and patterns. Artisans break the mold, creating objects that aren’t what they seem. Shapes are layered and deconstructed. In this moment, silence is the greatest luxury, and metamorphosis is the mother of invention.

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2015 colormix from sherwin-williams | @meccinteriors | design bites

Happy days are here again! We’ve weathered the recession. Our revived good spirits echo the optimism that followed World War II, when GIs returned home from exotic locales. Like that era, we’re expressing ourselves with bright florals, but today, our fascination with the tropics runs deeper.

We’re exploring the secrets of the rainforest, applying the medicinal and cosmetic benefits of its botanical bounty. We’re looking to the natural world in other ways, too, incorporating green spaces into even dense urban environments — trusting in nature to keep our spirits bright.

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2015 colormix from sherwin-williams | @meccinteriors | design bites

“To boldly go where no man has gone before.” That phrase was fantasy when it was born during the Sputnik era. Today we’re living it. The sci-fi dreams of the past have become everyday reality — from space tourism to undersea resorts. No longer confined to our earthly plane, we look to the beyond and find colours that are supernatural and magical.

Unusual atmospheric events, including a decade-best aurora borealis and a rare sequence of “blood moons,” will keep our focus on the heavens in the months ahead.

2015 colormix from sherwin-williams | @meccinteriors | design bites


2015 colormix from sherwin-williams | @meccinteriors | design bites

Life is a Carnival, and we’re eager to celebrate: from bold, ethnic-inspired colours, designs and crafts to the Bohemian lifestyle. But today’s wandering nomads aren’t starving artists — they’re fusing the carefree spirit of the gypsy with the sophistication of the jet set.

Artisans and purveyors of luxury goods are getting in the spirit, putting an irreverent spin on their work. South Africa and its colourful art scene exert a strong pull, while the 2016 Summer Olympics will rivet the world’s attention on Rio de Janeiro.

Images and colour forecast descriptions: Sherwin-Williams.

2015 home + interiors colours

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Pantone View home + interiors 2015

Though we have only just recently “Sprung Forward” with the clocks and officially begun Spring, Pantone‘s home + interiors 2015 palette has been introduced.  The tagline to accompany the 2015 forecast?  New Harmonies: Changing Themes in Colour / Design Trends.

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Pantone’s complete home+interior 2015 palette.

“While rigid colour rules have been replaced by more creative guidelines, style and colour coordination in the home remains a consistent goal. The PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2015 forecast can validate some pre-conceived colour choices, while also giving new colour inspiration and direction.”

—Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®

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Abstractions: 16-1518 Rosette | 19-1555 Red Dahlia | 19-4342 Seaport | 19-4342 Crushed Grape | 17-1143 Hazel | 14-1120 Apricot Illusion | 17-3917 Stonewash | 18-0117 Vineyard Green.


Abstractions unleashes the inner artist, similar to the formulation of abstract art where styling might seem randomly gathered, forming a mosaic of differing shapes and many of them geometric. Colours such as grape and apricot, dahlia red, stonewashed blue, hazel nut brown and vineyard green seem to come from equally disparate places, but when brought together create an artistic whole.

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Urban Jungle: 18-4718 Hydro | 14-0740 Bamboo | 17-1340 Adobe | 18-1447 Orange Rust | 16-0940 Taffy | 13-1009 Biscotti | 19-4008 Meteorite | 11-0601 Bright White.

Urban Jungle

An Urban Jungle transforms rustic chaos into something “civilized” and sylvan—speaking more of big city living than that of a wild terrain. Rather than consistently rough textured, contours are smoother and colours a combination of both typical and atypical jungle hues. Warm animal skin tones are set against the modernity of deep blue-greens, a vibrant greenish-yellow, plus black and white.

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Past Traces: 11-0603 Pastel Parchment | 15-1516 Peach Beige | 14-6312 Cameo Green | 17-4021 Faded Denim | 16-1406 Atmosphere | 15-4712 Marine Blue | 18-1630 Dusty Cedar | 18-0328 Cedar Green.

Past Traces

Past Traces honours history in the home, holding on to some vestige of the past is deeply satisfying and reassuring. The look ranges from gently worn to contemporized adaptations—still many of the colours, with names like pastel parchment, cameo green, faded denim and dusty cedar, capture a vintage feel.

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Botancium: 16-0840 Antique Moss | 16-4010 Dusty Blue | 18-1710 Grape Nectar | 17-1227 Café au Lait | 17-3612 Orchid Mist | 18-3410 Vintage Violet | 15-2210 Orchid Smoke | 17-0207 Rock Ridge.


Botanicum is a palette lifted directly from the complexities of flora and foliage, forming intriguing groupings filled with succulent shadings of green, grape and café au lait, most often counter-balanced with dusty or smoky tones of blue and orchid. When used together, a sophisticated, yet inherently natural palette emerges.

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Spontaneity: 14-3206 Winsome Orchid | 17-1736 Sunkist Coral | 13-6008 Misty Jade | 15-1239 Cantaloupe | 14-1050 Marigold | 17-3619 Hyacinth | 18-1720 Violet Quartz | 16-6138 Kelly Green.


Irrepressible fun is what the Spontaneity palette delivers. Just as the name implies, it is the stuff that spur-of-the-moment, impulse buying is all about, with whimsical design and unique colour mixtures a large part of the attraction. Happy hues of Sunkist coral, marigold and delicious cantaloupe are complemented by the exuberance of Kelly green and floral accents of hyacinth, violet quartz, winsome orchid or misty jade.

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Serendipity: 16-1363 Puffin’s Bill | 19-1559 Scarlet Sage | 17-2036 Magenta | 17-3020 Spring Crocus | 14-4809 Eggshell Blue | 17-1038 Tiger’s Eye | 14-0445 Bright Chartreuse | 15-1050 Golden Glow.


The literal meaning of Serendipity is “a pleasant surprise” or “a happy accident.” In the parlance of styling, it is the coming together of unlikely designs and unexpected colours. An outgoing orange engages cool eggshell blue, while bright chartreuse is enhanced by a yellow gold and hot pink embraces a lofty scarlet—all under the watchful gaze of a tiger’s eye taupe.

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Tinted Medley: 14-1506 Rose Smoke | 12-0619 Dusty Yellow | 13-1114 Bellini | 14-1230 Apricot Wash | 15-1506 Etherea | 14-1316 Dusty Pink | 15-1423 Peach Amber | 12-0709 Macadamia.

Tinted Medley

Tinted Medley is truly a harmonious composition of closely related, deliciously warm tones with peach and pink striking the main chord. Bellini, apricot wash, peach amber, and macadamia are compatible blends, while powdered roses and yellows underscore and support the perfect pitch of an ethereal rosy-taupe.

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Style-Setting: 14-1012 Champagne Beige | 19-3325 Wood Violet | 19-1420 Deep Mahogany | 18-3224 Radiant Orchid | 18-4005 Steel Gray | 13-1012 Frosted Almond | 17-1311 Desert Taupe | 11-1001 White Alyssum.


As high fashion is often a forerunner to styling for home furnishings in line, design, texture, and colour, the taste-making palette called Style-Setting is all about poise, finesse, and polish. The elegance of the purple family adds a dramatic interplay against classic mahogany, off-white, gray, and taupe, along with subtly shimmering frosted almond and champagne beige.

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Zensations: 15-0927 Pale Gold | 14-5002 Silver | 19-3810 Eclipse | 19-3952 Surf the Web | 17-4139 Azure Blue | 19-4526 Blue Coral | 19-2033 Anemone | 17-6212 Sea Spray.


The palette titled Zensations truly engages and heightens the senses as it displays a literal “enlightenment” by taking the thoughtful, meditative qualities of the blue and blue-green family to more visceral level by adding a compelling red, an atmospheric green as well as sparkling silver and gold.

Will you be leaning towards one or more of these nine (9) palettes that are inspiring designers from all fields the world over?  Or have you another inspiration palette that will guide your way?

looking forward to a bright and colourful summer 2015

As most people are dreaming of the end to the polar vortex that has been Winter 2013/2014 and the official start of Spring, I am looking a little further forward…to Spring/Summer 2015.  The forecast predicts colour!  Lots of vibrant, beautiful colour!

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Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Antediluvian

The official forecast, termed Orientations: Global View S/S 15, was prepared for Pantone by Hilary Scarlett, who is responsible for the following information and concepts.

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Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Constructivism

[In Spring/Summer 2015] the vibrant hues are used in a new and fresh way. They are broken up by other tones that act as anchors, tethering the brights with neutrals or dark tones.

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Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Kinesthesia

How colours are placed in the world around us, either familiar or surprising, continues to inspire us. The intrinsic materiality of objects or things—their surfaces, their weight and density—gives rise to a unique ambience that can thrill us.

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Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Collaboration

Each surface affects the colour mood: airy and fluffy, slippy and glossy, rough and flakey, foamy and matte, iridescent and glassy, luminescent and fluffy… and so. Whether it’s an ancient rock structure, an extraordinary bio-lace, a mechanical sculpture or sweet candy floss, these things fill us with new inspiration for the upcoming season.


Deep darks combine with a natural white and deep charcoal for summer. Metallics are still important: peeling golden touches and pewtery grays.

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Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Antediluvian

The emphasis here sits firmly with a fascination in the ancient and primordial.

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Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Antediluvian

A deliberate turn away from all things digital to once again re-engage with the intrinsic materials that our forebears used: clay, charcoal, brick, bone, feathers, stone, crystal, tar and wood.

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Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Antediluvian

The raw ingredients invoke a strong idea of texture and hue. These surfaces inspire this colour range: the imperfections, the crumbling, cracking, rusting and staining. Natural earthy and raw tones range from light to dark: carbon, slate, deep beetroot, sandstone, white, mustard and woody browns, lit with the gleaming of time-worn metals.

Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Antediluvian | mecc interiors | design bites

Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Antediluvian


This is a palette of fun and strong primaries. The brights work clearly with black and white and are to be played with in a theatrical fashion. There is nothing shy and retiring about the colours; they add drama and communicate directly.

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Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Constructivism

Constructivist-based learning encourages education through hands-on, experiential, and task-based discovery. Thus our collection of brights promotes a direct and honest approach. The innocent and high-spirited appearance belies the sophisticated and sometimes highly technical aspects.

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Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Constructivism

Man-made wonders—wheels, mechanisms, and intricate components—are sometimes colour coded to communicate sophisticated data, or joyously coloured in a spirit of sheer exuberance! Used in the right combinations, these colours are perfect for graphic shapes and powerful abstract expressions.

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Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Constructivism


This collection of gentle tints and sharper brights flicker and dance, creating the impression of movement. The sensory collection of colours is both soft and vibrant, as images blur in and out of focus. Colours transcend through intense sharpness and muted softness via the layers of movement: hot apricot orange, fuchsia, milky green balanced with soft tints of blue, pink and peach. An olivey green grounds the palette.

Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Kinesthesia | mecc interiors | design bites

Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Kinesthesia

Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Kinesthesia | mecc interiors | design bites

Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Kinesthesia

Surprise vibrant hues burst forth and then melt away, leaving behind diluted and reduced tints. It’s about creating a slight nuance or hazy impression of what was before.

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Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Kinesthesia

Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Kinesthesia | mecc interiors | design bites

Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Kinesthesia


Blues have been so important—and we see them continuing for this Summer season. In this palette they make friends with succulent greens, a soft yellow and some soft tinted pales. The colours all have a strong relationship with each other and sit together in a harmonious style.

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Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Collaboration

Our shared need to conserve, protect and safeguard is reflected in this palette. The images reflect a continuing focus on environmental issues and the value we place upon cherished resources. Artists and designers reflect these topics. Colours are simple, universal, elemental, but the way in which they are used inspires: flowing, floating, drifting, blending and budding, producing uplifting and elevating effects.

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Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Collaboration

Art meets science, with borders continually crossed as bioprocesses and conceptual thinking meld to yield living textiles, epidermal electronics and bacteria/algae products. Replicating nature is channeling some extraordinary results, with natural tones very much under the spotlight.

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Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Collaboration

Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Collaboration | mecc interiors | design bites

Pantone Spring/Summer 2015: Collaboration

I cannot quite decide which is my favourite of the four.  Can you?

fall 2014: colour that transcends time and place

With Fall Fashion Week having just begun in New York on February 6, the Fall 2014 Fashion Colour Report has been released by Pantone.

fall vs

2014 Fall Fashion Colour report vs discovery colour planner for Fall / Winter 2014/15

There is often a lot of overlap between the men’s and women’s palettes.  For the forthcoming season, nine of ten — yes, 90%! — of the colours are identical.  Mauve Mist, from the women’s palette, is replaced by Sea Fog on the men’s palette.

mecc interiors inc. | Pantone Aluminum, Cypress, and Bright Cobalt

Aluminum, Cypress, and Bright Cobalt with Surya Hurricane (HCN-3001).

Would you prefer to introduce colours from the fashion palette to your interiors over those found in the discovery collection?  What follow are several combinations using examples from Surya.

mecc interiors inc. | Pantone Aurora Red, Cognac, and Sangria

Aurora Red, Cognac, and Sangria with Surya Mirage (MIR-7001).

mecc interiors inc. | Pantone Cognac and Misted Yellow

Cognac and Misted Yellow with Surya Kabru (KAB-8020)

mecc interiors inc. | Pantone Sea Fog, Radiant Orchid and Aluminum

Sea Fog, Radiant Orchid and Aluminum with Surya Alhambra (ALH-5016).

mecc interiors inc. | Pantone Sea Fog Misted Yellow and Sangria

Sea Fog, Misted Yellow and Sangria with Surya Gemini (GMN-4044).

mecc interiors inc. | Pantone Royal Blue, Aurora Red and Cognac

Royal Blue, Aurora Red and Cognac with Surya Amelia (AME-2229).

mecc interiors inc. | Pantone Cypress, Misted Yellow, Sangria, and Cognac

Cypress, Misted Yellow, Sangria, and Cognac with Surya Trinidad (TND-1158).

 If you would like to vote for your favourite Fall fashion colour, do so here.

splashes of colour in the 2014 luxury market

When it comes to the world of luxury design — both products and interiors — there is a distinct difference from more accessible and mass market concepts.  Pantone dedicated an entire report to The Luxury Market: A Different World.

The following concept and information was prepared by Caroline Fowler for Pantone.

Splashes of Colour

Image: Metal surface by Based Upon, London.

Colours (left to right): Dawn Blue, Griffin, Demitasse, Russet Orange, Burnt Brick, Barley Blue.

Splashes of Colour (left to right): Dawn Blue, Griffin, Demitasse, Russet Orange, Burnt Brick, Barley Blue.

The luxury market is extremely specialist and bespoke. The priority for the client is getting the very best money can buy. In this report, we provide insights into how the sector is developing, with a focus on color application, materials and sustainability.

Livelier splashes of natural oranges and ochre bounce through calmer palettes of sophisticated neutral and metallic tones. Silver sheets are softly etched and raised in equal measure with real butterflies and flower petals incorporated into the design. This brings a contemporary and yet organic natural tone to the surface.

Modernizing Old Traditions: Combining Old and New

Colours (left to right):

Modernizing Old Traditions (left to right): Toasted Almond, Raw Umber, Bitter Chocolate, Frosted Almond, Glacier Gray, Brown Sugar.

Handmade evokes a richness that cannot be emulated by machine. The warm, natural browns and melancholic greys juxtapose the striking metallic strands that weave throughout the design. Traditional marquetry designs are made contemporary through the use of new materials.

This market is seeing its clients carry the mantle of the great patrons of previous centuries, with money being channelled into craftsmanship and opulent materials. Like their predecessors, these clients have little time for preserving existing interiors and designs, instead preferring to create contemporary spaces by introducing traditional palettes through innovative and exotic materials.


Colours (left to right):

Detail (left to right): Pale Gold, Black Forest, Anthracite, Spectra Yellow, Yolk Yellow, Sudan Brown.

Attention to detail is paramount and refined. Intricate wallpaper patterns are recreated using elaborate materials. Beautiful natural leathers are embossed and meticulously handpainted, using sophisticated, rich neutrals and gold leaf. Gold has always been associated with opulence and excess and has continued to be incorporated in luxury interiors. However, the way it is executed through the use of new materials is fresh, exciting and innovative.


Colours (left to right):

Metallics (left to right): Breen, Pale Gold, Powder Puff, Excalibur, Pearl Blue, Silver, Soft Pink.

Woven metals create voluminous and interesting textiles that can be manipulated by hand forming interesting sculptural surfaces. Colour shines through these materials and light bounces off the surfaces, creating a lively surface that appears to be moving.

The Handmade Touch: Timeless and Elegant

The Handmade Touch (left to right):

The Handmade Touch (left to right): Chili Pepper, Ashes of Roses, Cedar, Frosted Almond, Dill, Dark Shadow

Classic and traditional designs are opulently hand embroidered on timeless red and green tones using antiqued silver-gilt threads, creating dramatic yet delicate pieces. Handmade luxury is dominating this season’s trends and the luxury UK market is becoming stronger, with less work being shipped abroad.

The Sustainability Story: Exotic

The Sustainability Story (left to right):

The Sustainability Story (left to right): Hay, Glass Green, Silver Birch, Silver, Griffin, Glacier Gray

This season is seeing sustainability becoming more prevalent. For a long time, the best was not necessarily sustainable but technical ingenuity has gradually encouraged this movement to gain popularity. Luxurious leather can now be made using salmon skin. Where once these skins were unwanted, they are now given a new lease of life, resulting in a soft but very durable leather that can be used for both upholstery and cushions.

Furniture: New Surfaces

New Surfaces (left to right):

New Surfaces (left to right): Sparrow, Dark Shadow, Ashes of Roses, Cloud Dancer, White Sand

Through incredible research and a fresh outlook on the functional qualities of materials, exquisite works of art are becoming practical pieces. Furniture is changing and morphing into sculptures. This sculpted bath tub, which on first glance appears to be floating, is made from layers of carbon fibre, with a foam core. Carbon fibre, developed scientifically as an advanced alternative to more traditional materials, enables this design to incorporate an architecturally cold aesthetic while offering tactile and pragmatic comfort.

Bath tub by Spinterworks, London.

You will notice that several of the colours, such as Ashes of Roses, Frosted Almond, and Dark Shadow, appear in two or more palettes.  The underlying base neutrals, whether the warm browns or cool greys, are consistent between mass market and luxury.  It is the combinations of colours — and the materials used — that make the distinction.

Which is your favourite?

15 new colours to consider

You may have noticed the trend towards richer, more vibrant colour being used in interiors.  Charmean Neithart recently wrote an article for Houzz: “15 Colors You May Not Know About.”  It is quite possible you have already seen the article, or that you will look at the colours and say. “that’s just dark blue” or “I thought that was brown.”  If nothing else, it is a way to brighten up your screen momentarily on a snowy Friday morning.

Smalt is a deep blue pigment typically used in ceramics.  Smalt is a glass that is created when cobalt salts are added to molten glass.  It has a very subtle purple undertone but is better described as a pure blue.  Much like cobalt, it has a luminescent quality, making it look backlit.  This wall is a good example.
Byzantium is a vibrant shade of purple that can be confused with fuchsia.  While fuchsia is a bold colour derived from pink, byzantium is derived from purple and is deeper.  A natural for sharing the stage, byzantium looks great with yellow, gray, blue and black.
Cordovan is a rich shade of burgundy/brown, most commonly used to describe leather.  These leather sofas are a perfect example of cordovan.  The name originates from the city of Cordova, Spain, which is known for its production of fine leather.
Vermilion is a bright red to reddish orange.  These gorgeous lamps are a classic shade of vermillion, which is also called Chinese red because it’s used in making Chinese lacquerware.
Design: Ply Gem

Design: Ply Gem

Sienna is a reddish brown earth colour.  The colour originates from Siena, Italy, and describes a clay that consists of iron oxide and manganese oxide.
Gamboge is a deep mustard yellow.  This colour gets its name from the gamboge tree, which excretes a sap that is mustard yellow.  This pair of sofas is the perfect shade of gamboge.
Fulvous is ultimately a variation of brown but can be described as having yellow undertones, like these painted walls.  Fulvous is inspired by the feathers of ducks and birds.
Pavo is an electric blue that refers to the feathers of a peacock.  Best described as between royal blue and deep turquoise, pavo is seen here in the sofa pillows.
Verdigris is a shade of green that describes copper when it is exposed to a moisture element.  This vessel sink is a classic verdigris, which has been known to represent nobility.
Design: Z Gallerie

Design: Z Gallerie

Aubergine is a deep brownish purple inspired by the exterior colour of an eggplant.  I love to see a bold aubergine with gray or turquoise.
Lichen is a murky shade of gray/yellow green, like in this kitchen wall colour.  Lichen recently received attention as Pantone’s top colour for Fall 2013.  This mellow shade of green is inspired by the plant-like fungus that grows in shady spots especially around tree trunks.
Malachite is a vibrant green that is very similar to emerald.  The main difference is the undertone of gray, which emerald does not have.  Malachite is an earth colour that scientifically is a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral.
Aureolin is a bright, vivid yellow that’s also sometimes referred to as cobalt yellow. Here is aureolin in art and flowers.  This sassy shade of yellow looks great with blues and grays.
Bole is a brownish-red hue that really looks like chocolate to me.  I think bole, seen here on the walls, looks great with other neutrals and black.
Fallow is a tannish brown and is inspired by the light brown fur of a deer’s back.  This gorgeous shade, selected here for the carpet, pairs well with white and black.

the colours of christmas in Toronto

If you still think of Christmas colours as green and red, it is time to think again and really see what is around you.  The following photos are scenes from around Toronto, with colour selections using Sherwin-Williams Chip It! tool.


Image: Google


Image: Google


Image: Google


Image: Jamie Sarner


Image: .Sprial


Image: Flickr

Image: Tumblr

Image: Tumblr

Be inspired by all that surrounds you.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!!








Canadian neutrality

Before you get too concerned about some sort of political rant or talk of defense plans, neutrality, in this case, refers to colour palettes.  According to a survey conducted by CIL in a sampling of its Canadian retail stores over the past year, neutrals are not going anywhere fast.

Featured in this living area is CIL’s Romanesque magenta on the back wall, flanked by Zeppelin grey on the other walls.  Accent walls surrounded by neutral hues allow for a “soft introduction” to colour.

In the past twelve months, neutrals accounted for sixty-five per cent (65%) of CIL’s sales.  Breaking down the neutrals, grey was the most requested colour (25%), followed by beige tones (22%) and whites (18%).

CIL says neutrals still top the list when it comes to sales, grey being the most popular -- 25% -- of the neutrals. Top CIL grey tones: Zeppelin, Quiet Hideaway, Mansard Stone

CIL says neutrals still top the list when it comes to sales, grey being the most popular — 25% — of the neutrals.
Grey tones in this setting: Zeppelin, Quiet Hideaway, Mansard Stone

Of the colours, green was most popular, representing eleven per cent (11%) of sales.

Sample green schemes from CIL.

Sample green schemes from CIL.  Shown, left to right, Foliage, Still Waters, Real Teal.

Blue was the second most popular colour, garnering six per cent (6%) of sales.

CIL Blues.

CIL Blues.  Shown, left to right, Street Lamp Black, Chelsea Blue, Falling Rain.

“While most people seem to acknowledge that using a more colourful shade can rejuvenate a room, when it comes to actual purchases, the majority appears to take a more conservative approach,” said Alison Goldman, brand manager for CIL paint, a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings.  “Neutrals like whites, beiges and greys are often preferred because they are safe, long-term investments that don’t go out of style and don’t compete with other objects in a room.”  

Goldman cites CIL’s top-selling neutral paints as Granite Grey, Chinchilla White taupe, and Antique White (shown above).

Goldman cites CIL’s top-selling neutral paints as Granite Grey, Chinchilla White taupe, and Antique White (shown above).

Do you prefer neutrally painted walls?  Or is colour the way to go in your home?


All images courtesy of CIL.

seeing orchid in 2014

Since 2000, the Pantone Color Institute™ has been designating a Colour of the Year to express in colour what is taking place in the global zeitgeist.  A colour that will resonate around the world, the PANTONE Colour of the Year is a reflection of what people are looking for, what they feel they need that colour can help to answer.  Not necessarily the hot fashion colour of the moment, but a colour crossing all areas of design which is an expression of a mood, an attitude, on the part of the consumers.

~ Pantone

The official Pantone colour of 2014… Radiant Orchid.

Pantone 2014 colour of the year, Radiant Orchid

Pantone 2014 colour of the year, Radiant Orchid

An invitation to innovation, modern and versatile, Radiant Orchid encourages creativity and originality.  Imbued with a harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and its rosy undertones emanate great joy, love and health.

2014 colours of the year centre: Pantone Radiant Orchid clockwise from top left:

2014 colours of the year
centre: Pantone Radiant Orchid
clockwise from top left: PPG Turning Oakleaf (PPG1107-3 | ATC-38); Benjamin Moore Breath of Fresh Air (806); Sherwin-Williams Exclusive Plum (SW 6263); Dulux Teal (90GG19/151 P0.20.40); Pantone Spring Fashion colour Dazzling Blue. 

In case you’re starting to scratch your head and wonder about all these different colours of the year, keep in mind that Pantone is looking globally and across all industries, not just at interiors.  The paint companies are feeding off many of the same trends but are looking exclusively at paint and interiors.

2014 colour trends from Pantone, Sherwin-Willimas, and CMG.

2014 colour trends from Pantone, Sherwin-Williams, and CMG.

The overall palettes, in some respects, better demonstrate how all these tones can work together to create your perfect home colour scheme.

Have you a favourite from among the various colours of 2014?

9 inspirational designer colour palettes

Sometimes we just want something new and fresh within our homes.  The quickest and easiest way to achieve that is with a little paint.  Better Homes and Gardens asked several designers to come up with fun, vibrant palettes that will enliven any space.

Image:  |  Individual Photos: Adam Albright

Image: | Individual Photos: Adam Albright

Looking a little more closely at each of the palettes, suggestions were made regarding the use of each colour within a palette.  But feel free to mix it up!

Ann Fox‘s Juicy Citrus

Juicy Citrus

  • Walls: Benjamin Moore Sweet Pear 389
  • Accent wall or painted furniture: Benjamin Moore Tuscan Coral 005
  • Fabric accent: Benjamin Moore Florida Pink 1320
  • Accent furniture: Benjamin Moore Sweet Vibrations 391

Katie Lydon‘s New Pink

New Pink

  • Walls: Benjamin Moore Smoke Embers AC-28
  • Upholstery: Benjamin Moore Natural Cream OC-14
  • Painted coffee table or other accent:Benjamin Moore Van Buren Brown HC-70
  • Pillows: Benjamin Moore Rose Silk 2104-60
  • Small accents: Metallic silver

Mimi McMakin‘s Brights


  • Walls: Benjamin Moore Lemon Freeze 2025-50
  • Ceiling: Benjamin Moore Innocence 2055-70
  • Upholstery: Benjamin Moore Lemonade 2024-60
  • Small accents: Benjamin Moore Hot Lips 2077-30

Tom Gunkelman‘s Updated Classic

Updated Classic

  • Walls: Benjamin Moore Hampton Green 2150-50
  • Ceiling and trim: Benjamin Moore Cloud White 967
  • Large accent color: Benjamin Moore Charlotte Slate AC-24
  • Upholstered furniture: Benjamin Moore Bleeker Beige HC-80
  • Small accent (pillows): Benjamin Moore Yellow Rain Coat 2020-40

Ann Fox’s Warm Seaglass

Warm Seaglass

  • Walls: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65
  • Ceiling: Benjamin Moore Seabrook 750
  • Upholstery (sofa): Benjamin Moore Sweet Daphne 529
  • Accents: Benjamin Moore Seaside Blue 2054-50
  • Accents: Benjamin Moore Beverly Hills 180

Constance Ramos‘ Seaside


  • Walls: Valspar Seaside Villa SR204
  • Drapes, wall textiles, sofa: Valspar Dockside Haze SR206
  • Large accent: Valspar Thunder Gray SR210
  • Trim and painted pieces: Valspar Fishnet SR310
  • Accent: Benjamin Moore Sweet Butter 171
  • Accent: Metallic silver

Patrice Cowan Bevans‘ Rich Elegance

Rich Elegance

  • Walls: Benjamin Moore Spring Dust 2150-40
  • Ceiling: Benjamin Moore Rainforest Dew 2146-50
  • Upholstery: Benjamin Moore Bittersweet Chocolate 2114-10
  • Trim: Benjamin Moore Linen White 912
  • Painted accent or fabric: Benjamin Moore Pinata 007

Kishani Perera‘s Poppy


  • Walls: Benjamin Moore Old Claret 2083-30
  • Painted piece: Benjamin Moore Purple Easter Egg 2073-50
  • Accent: Benjamin Moore Butterscotch 2157-30
  • Accent: Benjamin Moore Butter 2023-60

Liz Levin‘s Fresh Neutrals

Fresh Neutrals

  • Walls: Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan HC-81
  • Accent wall color: Benjamin Moore Jamesboro Gold HC-88
  • Furniture or large accent: Benjamin Moore Falcon Brown 1238
  • Upholstered chair or pillows: Benjamin Moore Night Flower 1344
  • Small accent: Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17
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mecc interiors inc. — A Winter’s Day

A Winter’s Day

My personal palette for this grey-looking morning?  Warm white, nickel, and charcoal with a clear sky blue and rich red.  Add in a touch of gold for a metallic accent, optionally mixed with stainless steel and chrome.

  • Walls: Sherwin Williams Extra White SW 7006
  • Ceiling: Sherwin Williams Folkstone SW 6005
  • Accent: Sherwin Williams Cloudless SW 6786
  • Large Accent: Sherwin Williams Red Tomato SW 6607
  • Upholstery: Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black SW 6258

Have you got a favourite from above?  Or a go-to palette of your own?