Color Inspiration

Color of the Year ?

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Pantone is about to announce their Color of the Year for 2015 for interior design as they do every year in the first week of December. The announcement always generates excitement since the Pantone Color Matching System is used industry wide by furniture, textile, and wall covering companies across the globe.

The Color of the Year is determined by a secret group of industry professionals that gather in Europe, the winner is chosen as one that captures the spirit of the year, and includes a reason with it. “2013’s Emerald served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity; 2014’s Radiant Orchid encouraged expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

Trends in fashion, film, and art all contribute to the final selection of the Color of the Year, the final choice is a reflection of what’s happening in entertainment, the art world, travel destinations, and technology. pantone inspiration

Paint companies and textile designers make their own predictions as to what colors are the “it” color, Robert Allen has declared it to be Calypso Blue and Benjamin Moore has announced Guilford Green as their color for 2015.

Most of the Pantone winners from the past have been bold hues but neutrals and pastels have popped up as Color of the Year before.  Here’s a reminder of the winners from the past:  pantone color of the year

I’m rooting for a shade of green. I have a crush on muted versions right now and I think deeper less saturated greens will continue to trend in 2015 for their earthy organic appeal. Of course I’d love to see any shade of deep blue too!

ling green wallpaper

graham & brown

For fun, I thought I’d ask you all to play along. Before the big announcement is made, place your bets! Take this survey below and vote for your pick, which hue do you think will be Color of the Year for 2015? Feel free to explain your choice in the comments, I’m curious what you think!



If you want an inside glimpse into how Pantone made the decision for the Color of the Year and how it will translate into fashion and home decor, they’re offering a webinar with VP Laurie Pressman of the Pantone Institute, happening on December 9th, details here

Get Some Green

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

This post is sponsored by H&R Block’s Emerald Card.

Raise your hand if you’re completely over winter and ready for all things spring? Count me among you! With St. Patrick’s Day arriving next week and tiny little buds appearing on the trees outside my home, I cannot help but get excited the season and the idea of bringing shades of green indoors.

Nature is the first place I look to for inspiration during the seasons and in spring, green takes the spotlight. When shopping for new accessories, I’m always looking for ways to get a high end look for less, whether it’s shopping flash sales, frequenting retail stores that feature discounted designer goods, or transforming pieces I chance upon in a thrift store or on Craigslist.

When it comes to decorating your home, I know one thing to be true. Anyone can have a stylish home on a budget, no interior designer needed, no “to the trade” furnishings required. Much like you, I don’t want to compromise style or quality, but I don’t want to spend any more than I have to.

The most important thing is to pay attention and be aware. What inspires you? What trends do you welcome or reject? Knowing what makes you happy, what colors you respond to, and what style you favor most keeps you grounded in your purchases. Patience is also key, resisting any impulse buys, and purchasing only what your budget allows.

We all know one of the easiest and cheapest ways to bring color into the home is with paint. I can’t think of any color that doesn’t go with green, after all green partners with every hue in nature so why not in home decor too. Blues, pinks, yellows, and the color of the year orchid all look beautiful with green.

apple green paint in bedroom

kelly green walls bhg

apple green paint on walls

mint green paint orchid chairs

house beautiful / better homes & gardens / country living / marmalade interiors

An alternative approach to paint is wallpaper, but a more affordable one is the use of a wall stencil – it’s a far more budget friendly way to achieve the look of wallpaper without the expense. This fern motif can be recreated with two slightly different green paints and a fern stencil applied to a wall in symmetrical repeat.

living room fern wallpaper

house to home

One of my most favorite ways to use green paint is with a painted piece of furniture as an accent in a space. These three examples show just how beautiful green paint can be!

green kitchen hutch bhg


green cabinet inspiredbycharm

green painted cabinet

 better homes & gardens / inspired by charm  / design*sponge

I think critics of green too often associate the hue with the Crayola version. I don’t see green that way at all. I see green as a cool and sophisticated classic.

We see so much “lawn green” in our daily routine that when decorating it’s better to move away from those predictable shades and deepen the intensity of green to jade or emerald, or adding a dose of blue undertone, or going the other way and lightening with a few drops of white or gray. Even a yellow undertone is appealing, like we see in the moss that grows on mature oak trees. Bright lime greens are fun for summer, and more olive tones are inviting come fall.

I painted my kitchen island and walls, family room, and dining room a soft gray green in 2011 and I’ve never looked back. Years later, it still feels fresh just as much as these cabinets in this kitchen from House Beautiful.

pale green painted cabinets

I pulled out all my fan decks and the hundreds of paint samples inside my big basket I keep, my thoughts turning to walls and furniture and I narrowed down nine favorites. Picture them paired with polished chrome or antique brass lighting or hardware, stunning!

 fresh green paint colors

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