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January 15, 2015

Pantone Predicts Fresh Hues for Spring 2015

by Kim

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It may be frosty outside but spring trends are on the horizon. The Pantone Color Report Spring 2015 is out and the forecast features watery blues and sea glass green – colors that make me think of sunny days by the ocean.

Some of the shades from the color authority’s report match up with home décor trends from the last few seasons. Design preferences have been on the blue-green side of the color wheel   along with gray and a dash of orange – and I believe they will remain there.

There are other indicators that décor will stick with these colors. Benjamin Moore, one of my favorite paint companies, named Guilford Green its color of the year. While Robert Allen, purveyor of gorgeous fabric for custom window treatments, proclaimed Calypso Blue its hue for 2015.

A Walk on the Lighter Side

Pantone’s spring report includes some fresh colors that are perfect if you love a lighter feel in your home décor. Scuba Blue, Lucite Green, Tangerine, and Glacier Gray are shades that were first introduced a few years ago and I believe they will continue to be staples in interior design for some time.

Lucite Green custom window shades and decor | Houzz

If you are ready to incorporate some of Pantone’s spring shades in your home, Scuba Blue (a refreshing turquoise), Lucite Green (a minty green), and white make for a versatile color palette that works for a range of styles, from beachy to traditional or modern. To amp up visual interest, you can layer in additional colors to this palette like Classic Blue or Tangerine.

Contemporary Entry by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Cheryl Burke Interior Design | Houzz

To add more depth to the Scuba Blue-Lucite Green palette, substitute white for Glacier Gray. I like this shade of gray as a paint color because it’s a nice neutral and a great backdrop for nearly any room. In kitchens, it makes cabinetry in a range of colors and stains standout. In the bedroom, Glacier Gray paired with a calming shade like Dusk Blue creates a soothing ambiance.

Other Spring Colors

Although I’ve focused on blue and green, Pantone’s predictions for spring include a number of other colors, such as Custard (a sunny yellow), Lavender Herb, Strawberry Ice, and Pantone’s Color of the Year 2015 – Marsala, which received mixed reviews. Even though I think Marsala’s earthy color is more indicative of fashion trends, it can be used to create an up-to-date look in your home.

Patterned window treatments in Marsala and Scuba Blue headboard | Houzz

Try throwing in Marsala as an accent, which is a great color to warm up grays and neutrals. The shade really stands out in textured fabrics or layered with a metallic, such as bronze or copper. Personally, I like Marsala with weathered wood and a bit of brass.

To integrate Marsala into your home décor, consider bringing in an area rug, custom window drapes, artwork, throw pillows, or other home accessories.

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Kim is a window treatment and drapery certified designer helping clients in Ottawa and surrounding Ontario communities find the perfect window treatments for their homes. She has more than 14 years of experience in interior design and window coverings.

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