forecasts for 2015 look a little like the palettes of
impressionist painters Monet, Renoir or Van Gogh.
paint companies have released their color of the year
collections. They usually choose four themes to reflect
the trends and then pull one standout color as the star.
Pantone, which chooses colorways for products beyond
paint, has called its 2015 fashion color report "En
Plein Air," referring to outdoor painting with a
range of "understated brights, pale pastels and
Sherwin-Williams palettes cross the spectrum from the
muted, colorful neutrals of the Chrysalis palette to the
bold, carnival shades of Unrestrained. The companyís
color of the year is Coral Reef (SW 6606), a shade that
Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing, says
"has a great floral component in it. Itís not too
red, not too orange, right in the middle and just
creates a buoyant mood."
companyís press materials show splashy peonies,
painted shabby chic furniture and a modern backdrop for
lime green art.
Trends" is the theme behind the four new palettes
at PPG Paints and Architectural Coatings. The companyís
color experts chose Blue Paisley (PPG-1238-6), a crisp,
saturated blue, as its color of the year.
have had a really great response to the shade,"
said Dee Schlotter, PPG color brand manager. "It is
very optimistic and points to a new horizon. It is a
serious, mature and positive blue, not like the baby
blues of the past."
Paisley is part of the Co-leidoscope palette, based on
world trends and travels. It coordinates with Mother of
Pearl, Bone White and a fun yellow called Curry Sauce.
Good Life palette from PPG pulls from the harmony of the
coastal regions. Fresh flowers and earthy browns hint of
the sea in shades such as Oatmeal, Burnt Red, Holland
Tile and Malibu Done. They work well with natural
textures ranging from wicker to braided leather. Other
palettes in the collection include the modern Iím
Pulse, featuring urban neutrals paired with brights, and
Introsense, which blends nature and technology with
shades such as Antique White and Onyx.
course, there has to be somewhere for the eye to rest in
this color bouquet. The Paint Quality Institute is
naming gray as the winner over white for the second year
in a row.
is the first time any color has headlined our forecast
in back-to-back years," says color expert Debbie
Zimmer. "But gray, a near-perfect neutral color,
has really caught on."
Moore never disappoints with its color of the year. This
year, itís Guilford Green (HC-116), a stunning silvery
green that changes with the light. Reminiscent of the
perennial plant known as lambís ear, it pairs well
with just about everything and adds freshness. Press
materials show it on the ceiling with walls painted in
Universal Black to great effect. The Benjamin Moore
palette also includes Caponata (AF-650) and Portland
Gray (2109-60) as dark anchors.
Boy paints has unleashed a much darker side of blue in
Coal Blue (E16-1). Reminiscent of Pennsylvania blue
slate, it becomes a neutral backdrop when paired with
light tans, pale blues and even mustard yellow. Other
shades in the collection include Faintest Idea (F-25-4),
a pale lavender that pairs well with varying shades of
blue from turquoise to pale blue; and Biloxi Blues
(E-17-2), a cornflower blue that is friendly with Loden
Woo, a basil pesto green, and Ashton Orange.
collection focuses on saturated colors paired with
neutrals, including Essential Teal (T15-3) from the Deep
Dreams palette. Theyíve also released a Frosted
Pastels palette of Dreamscape Gray, Secret Blush,
Elusive Blue and Dandelion Tea. Pop art takes center
stage in the Social Brights collection, while Nuanced
Neutrals wash ashore in Blue Clay, Mocha Foam and Snap
but not least is premium paint Farrow & Ball. The
British company known for amazing front door paint has
released four key colors for 2015 ó Breakfast Room
Green, Light Blue, Pink Ground and Tannerís Brown.
Neutral and saturated, they evoke a spring bouquet in
the softest sense.
trick to using all of these shades is getting to the
undertones in them. Every shade has a warm, cool or
neutral undertone, and it is wise to consult with the
color cards each company provides to find its
complement. This is especially important when painting a
kitchen, where cabinetry can throw off color.
direction you choose, donít be afraid to stroke on
some color. Itís almost as much fun as picking spring