I hope you all had a wonderful time with your friends and family over the holidays. To start off the New Year, I thought I'd shed some light on an easy way to refresh your home in the New Year - updating your wall colors.
Year after year, paint companies publish color trends that will set the tone for the next year. This year, the common thread that can be found throughout all collections is a theme of change. The companies are forecasting that we are finally starting to move from our safe calm neutrals cautiously into muted color.
I reviewed the color trends by Pantone, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Pittsburgh Paints, Dulux, Behr, Clark and Kensington, Valspar and more and chose my top 4 trends.
1. Marsala from Pantone
Pantone describes this color as "Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness."
While this color runs the risk of looking outdated (remember the 1980's trend of going with a Tuscan feel), the color itself is gorgeous in small doses. I wouldn't do a full room in this color, but could see using this color paired with natural wood tones, green plants and white trim. Think about adding pillows and throws, reupholster your dining room chairs or add a kitchen backsplash in this color.
2. Earthwerks from Dulux
Dulux is an English paint company that defines 2015 paint trends based on how continual connectivity through technology has reinforced our basic human desire to connect in the real world. Dulux poses 4 ways in which we can use color to connect to ourselves and others. My favorite is the Earthwerks collections, which strives to get in touch with nature on a more personal level.
Earthwerks explores our desire to have greenery in our homes and workspaces, which is something I'm a big supporter of (see my post on adding greenery to your home). The palette draws from greens and mineral hues to create spaces that allows us to get in touch with nature on a more personal level.
3. California Cool by Benjamin Moore
A favorite paint brand of mine, Benjamin Moore, released Guilford Green as the 2015 Color of the Year. Along with this natural neutral, Benjamin Moore also released 22 other color trends, organized into 3 collections. While I like the palette Benjamin Moore has come up with this year, a couple of colors stand out from the California Cool collection - Guilford Green and Blue Danube.
Benjamin Moore positions Guilford Green as a color that can be either the hero or the highlight in any room, enhancing the architectural identity of a space. It is way to connect nature, spaces and interiors with color schemes that signify fresh energy and growth.
Blue Danube is a fresh, vibrant color inspired by the blue California skies. I love this color for a bedroom or dining room.
4. IntroSense from Pittsburgh Paints
Pittsburgh Paints brought together color experts from around the world to collaborate on the 2015 color trends. After much debate, Pittsburgh Paints announced their collection of paint trends called 'Possibility', which encompasses 4 new palettes. While the color of the year is the vibrant and bohemian shade, Blue Paisley, I am more a fan of the muted palette of the IntroSense line.
The IntroSense palette is soulful and peaceful. The trend introduces a new direction in minimalistic styling that blends clean, pared-down designs with quiet nature. The colors pair well with natural elements like driftwood, stone, and bark. The palette is perfect for a spa-like bathroom.
Thinking of refreshing your home's color palette? Contact me for an in-home consultation and we can have your home looking fresh in no time!