Top Colors for 2015, According to Paint Companies
Color trend forecasting for the New Year—straight from the companies that make the stuff
Pantone, the world authority on color, already revealed that their new favorite hue for 2015 is Marsala. But if you're not in love with the wine-inspired, red-brown shade, don't fret. Paint companies conduct their own color trend forecasting, too, and we contacted the big names to find out which shades are likely to be popular in the coming year.
Read on to see the range of color stories coming from the industry—whether your tastes lean toward saturated blues, seductive dark grays, or cheerful corals, among a rainbow of others.
In a search to pick the color for the New Year, Benjamin Moore went with "a neutral that's a natural," says creative director Ellen O'Neill. The silvery green of Guilford Green (HC-116) brings out the best in old house features like detailed pocket doors and oversize casings.
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For a minty twist on this hue, check out TOH's Color of the Month, May 2014: Hemlock
Dark and rich tones as a basis for memorable color moments are something the color experts at Pratt & Lambert obviously feel strongly about in 2015. The deep, opaque Noir (24-16) reinforces dramatic color palettes and counters stark white. The minds behind this popular pick and the paint company's other color trends took note of interior designers' current penchant for dark neutrals instead of the safe stronghold of beige.
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No one's going to drag the upbeat Sherwin-Williams's Coral Reef (SW 6606) down—not even a bold, black cushioned banquette. However, the color-shy can make this vivacious hue work in real life. "Its unexpected versatility brings life to a range of design aesthetics, whether traditional, vintage, cottage or contemporary," says Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing.
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The saturated shade of BEHR's Essential Teal is atypical of your average dreamy bedroom, but the color team's aim for 2015 is to energize homeowners' spaces. "Color itself is like one of the senses, enhancing our world and our state of mind," says Erika Woelfel, director of color marketing for BEHR. This favorite in the Deep Dreams palette brings a feeling of calming escape that sets the tone for a glamorous staycation.
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A sense for creating drama is a commendable quality for Farrow & Ball's Tanner's Brown. "This earth brown feels totally timeless and has an artisan feel to it," say the company's color experts. They suggest using this pick in areas that lack natural light as a balance to paler tones, like the barely-there salmon floor and minty bookcase shown here.
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For a similar glamorous brown, check out TOH's Color of the Month, October 2014: Cognac
Optimism is in the air, or at least in the paint of Glidden's Caribbean Sea 56BG23/355. The color team calls out the medium blue as "reminiscent of ocean waters and endless skies." Whiteout furniture gets a dose of ocean waters and endless skies when set against this hue.
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If color trend forecasters are on the money, you're going to see pairings with darks and pastels frequently in 2015. The deep blue-gray tone of Dutch Boy's Coal Blue (E16-1) gives new life to complementary barely-there colors. Take a cue from this scene and accessorize with the neutral go-to of beige if you need extra help calming it into serene submission.
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Try pairing this dark shade with TOH's Color of the Month, February 2014: Placid Blue
Saturated blue is a go-to for interior designers' fashion-forward clients. Or at least that's what was reflected in an American Society of Interior Designers survey that helped inform Kelly-Moore's Coastal Surf KM4967 as the paint company's color of the year. "Coming off a year when blue dominated woman's fashion, electing a hue that is classic, reliable, steadfast and dramatically deep for residential interiors makes a lot of sense," says Leslie Harrington, PhD, global color strategist. Here, this old-faithful of blues highlights architectural features like built-in bookcases, a gracious mantel, and a sophisticated coffered ceiling.
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The shock of cheerful blue that PPG Pittsburgh Paints calls Blue Paisley is your accent wall's new best friend. "This energizing, positive blue provides potential, like the color of the sky and sea at the horizon," says Dee Schlotter, national color brand manager for PPG Pittsburgh Paints. Here, the shade calms busy bohemian prints in a cozy bedroom scene.
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For a slightly bolder blue, check out TOH's Color of the Month, August 2014: Bright Cobalt
Graphite gray writes a calming—yet seductive—color story in the form of ColorHouse's Metal .05. The company's color team suggests playing up a room's drama by coating lower kitchen cabinets or a dining room ceiling with the stark gray. In this dining room, the painted walls provide ample style so that little else is needed.
Devine Color's Iguana is a lively yellow designed to be trend-proof. Its hue is inspired by a primary color but possesses a pastel slant that delivers drama whenever it's displayed with a contrasting color. "There's no wrong way to play here, which really speaks to the color's childhood roots," says Gretchen Schauffler, Devine Color founder and creative director. Here, standout window casings get a tropical tint with this exotic accent.
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If you crave a stark change in hue, Annie Sloan's Burgundy is a bold choice. The color recalls rich reds seen in Turkish rugs—think cranberries and plums. "It conjures up classic Victorian interiors and boho boudoirs," says Sloan. She was inspired by an artificial pigment, Alizarin Crimson, which is derived from coal tar and made to mimic a Madder-root dye commonly used for rugs.
Jewel tones can deliver dazzling drama, and Fine Paints of Europe's Sapphire is a hue that's up to the challenge. The company's color experts cite hues with depth, like this midnight blue, as an easy way to add vitality to your home. Here, the sumptuous color flaunts its versatility in a stairway that benefits from the pigmented depth.
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