Pantone is punking us, right? Do they really expect us to start wearing and decorating with the brownish-red color Marsala in 2015? I thought 2014’s Radiant Orchid was an odd choice and was kind of relieved that it never really caught on. But at least the orchid was something that made sense with the pastel and gray trend. I haven’t seen this dusty burgundy color since, oh, the ’90s?
The longer I looked at the photos they used to demonstrate the color, the more nostalgic I started to feel. It takes me back to the first house I owned and the furniture I filled it with. Gotta point out that my husband never wore a burgundy apron, though. Ha.
I’m wondering how the reddish brown is going to go with all the gray everyone has painted their houses with. In these photos they’ve paired it with warmer tan and beige tones.
Apartment Therapy had predicted that the color of ’15 would be Olive Green.
They wrote: “It’s warm and organic. Modern and vintage at the same time. And the best part about olive green? It acts like a neutral with almost any other colors. Really. Think of it like an Army surplus jacket for your room.”
Now that olive green is back in style, will avocado fixtures be next? There’s a funny “Mitchell and Webb” parody of House Hunters types of shows in which a British couple makes the mistake of not hating the old avocado bathroom fixtures that you can watch here (cracks me up).
Benjamin Moore declared a lighter shade the Color of the Year: Guildford Green.
Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director at Benjamin Moore, explained: “We chose Guilford Green as our 2015 Color of the Year because it can be the hero or the highlight in any room, enhancing the architectural identity of a space. It’s the perfect thread to connect nature, spaces and interiors with color schemes that signify fresh energy and growth.”
Sherwin-Williams, on the other hand, declared Coral Reef the “It Color” of 2015:
They say, “Coral Reef is the perfect mélange of pink, orange and red… reminiscent of vintage floral patterns and inspired by the trend for green urban spaces.”
There’s a pretty example of how the color can be used at Remodelaholic.
Color trends are funny things because they feel so personal. We often have gut reactions to certain ones that are hard to get past. The Guardian posted an infographic of the Pantone colors of the year dating back to 2000, and I pretty much prefer every one of them to this year’s Marsala.
What do you think of the color predictions for 2015? Are you surprised or did you see them coming? I thought a shade of navy or indigo might make the list, but, BZZZ!, I guessed wrong. Are you willing to try any of these at home? What colors have you been loving lately?