“Plum is on the radar for 2015,” says interior designer Kati Curtis. Shades of plum can range from deep purple to brown and red, so be sure to compare swatches with other furnishings that will share the space to find the perfect match. “Combining the color with metallic gold creates a sophisticated environment,” she adds.
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Coral’s ability to set an optimistic tone in the home caught the eye of Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. Its upbeat quality lead to the appointment of Coral Reef (SW 6606) as the company’s Color of the Year for 2015. The versatile color, Jordan points out, “brings life to a range of design aesthetics whether traditional, vintage, cottage, or contemporary.”
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St. Louis interior designer Joni Spear predicts that bright primary hues will be seen more often in the year to come. “I don’t feel that these colors will be used together at the same time,” Spear says, “but more likely as a single bold color accented by black and white for added graphic interest.”
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Pantone announced its pick of Marsala, an earthy red-brown hue, as the Color of the Year. “Marsala is a dramatic and at the same time grounding color that brings warmth into home interiors,” observes Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive director, “especially well suited to the kitchen and dining room.”
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“Fresh greens taken straight from nature make us feel safe and calm in our home environments,” says Charlotte Cosby, head of creative at Farrow & Ball, which named its Breakfast Room Green (No. 81) a key color for 2015. Pair it with crisp white for a fresh look, or contrast with a stronger green to re-create the impression of garden leaves.
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Warm browns like Farrow & Ball’s Tanner’s Brown (No. 255) will continue to be popular choices in home decor, especially in rooms with limited natural light, where their deep tones achieve a cozy atmosphere. “Earth browns feel totally timeless and help create spaces that are sanctuaries from the stresses of modern living,” Cosby says.
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