Cutting-Edge Color Picks from Industry Leaders
There's no time like the present to update your home’s interiors, and paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to make a big impact. From furniture to accent walls to whole rooms, you can bring a new look to what you already have. If you like to keep your surroundings fresh and on-trend, click through to find out the best colors and get ideas for how to incorporate them into your own home.
Pantone, the design industry’s color authority, has chosen Marsala, a reddish-brown tone named after an Italian wine, for its Color of the Year. According to Pantone, it emanates a sophisticated, natural earthiness and embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal. This complex and full-bodied hue is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room and looks particularly rich when applied to a textured surface, making it an excellent choice for rugs, upholstered furniture and window treatments. When given a sheen, it conveys luxury and glamour. Pantone predicts that Marsala will be especially prominent in striping and floral patterns found in printed placemats, dinnerware, bedding and throws.
Benjamin Moore: Guilford Green
Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year is Guilford Green – “the color that ties things together.” Described as a neutral that’s natural and a silvery green that works with everything, the hue is from the company’s Historic Color collection of refined, elegant, timeless shades that can be used in traditional as well as contemporary spaces. Interior designer Jennifer Ott of Jennifer Ott Design notes that “Guilford Green plays nicely with a variety of wood tones. It neither fades away nor competes with warm woods, making it an excellent choice if you have wood floors and a roomful of wood furniture and furnishings.” She also advises that it looks “super fresh and crisp” when paired with white.
Sherwin-Williams: Coral Reef
Sherwin-Williams has picked Coral Reef as its Color of the Year. The perfect mélange of pink, orange and red, it is upbeat and optimistic and celebrates a time for renewal, the company says. Sherwin-Williams recommends a variety of ways to use this vivacious hue to enliven your interior spaces. Some ideas include painting an accent wall or your front door for a pop of color; pairing it with white, black, floral hues or lush greens; relaxing its boldness with warm neutrals; complementing it with driftwood, medium wood tones and metal finishes; and pairing it with aged matte brass for a vintage quality.
Kelly-Moore: Coastal Surf
To find its Color of the Year, Kelly-Moore Paints surveyed over 15,000 interior designers. Coastal Surf, a saturated blue, emerged on top, closely followed by Swagger, a rich teal, and City Tower, a gray bordering on a Weimaraner’s coat. The three colors are incredibly compatible and easily adapted to interior use together or separately, the company notes. Kelly-Moore recommends a number of ways of using the trio, “from a hero, accent wall, to creating horizontal stripes, from using City Tower on trim and ceilings to using both Swagger and Coastal Surf in one room – three walls painted Swagger, and the fourth wearing Coastal Surf for dramatic effect.”
Krylon has announced that its Color of the Year is Surf, a deep teal inspired by various forms of its namesake. According to Krylon, Surf evokes a sense of relaxation, or gives us the courage to discover the uncharted depths of the sea. This color is brand new to the company's palette and is offered as a satin in SUPERMAXX and a matte in ColorMaster Paint + Primer. Krylon advises that the satin/matte finish will pair well with many of its metallics, including gold and copper. In Krylon's Aztec Table project, shown at left, Surf is used on the outer edge of the tabletop and is set off by other 2015 trend colors from the company, including Sea Glass, Sunrise, Bauhaus Gold and Citrus Green.