I know I am two months late. But I do need to talk a  little bit about color. It is confusing for everyone, could we maybe just have one Color of the Year?

In the color hierarchy, the foremost color research company is The Color Marketing Group (CMG). This is an international association for color design professionals, which identifies the direction of color and design trends and translates them into salable colors for manufactured products. They forecast colors several years ahead.

And then there is Pantone, the world authority on color, and they usually go first. About end of October they announce the Color of the following Year. Their color for this year is MARSALA. Our friends from Mafi International have shown this color off really nicely in one of their newsletter collages:

 

Pantone Color of the Year 2015

Pantone Color of the Year 2015

 

Benjamin Moore chose this as 2015 Color of the Year: GUILFORD GREEN HC-116, from their historical collection

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2015

Here is Sherwin Williams 2015 Color of the Year: CORAL REEF SW 6606

Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2015

Pittsburgh Paint 2015 Color of the Year: BLUE PAISLEY PPG 1238-6

 

Pittsburgh Paint - 2015 Color of the Year

Pittsburgh Paint – 2015 Color of the Year – Blue Paisley

 

Pratt & Lambert 2015 Color of the Year: NOIR (which means Black in French) – see the wall

 

Pratt & Lambert 2015 Color of the Year

Pratt & Lambert 2015 Color of the Year

 

Kelly Moore Paint introduces “Most Influential Color for 2015: COASTAL SURF KM 4967

Pittsburgh Paint - 2015 Color of the Year - Coastal Surf

Kelly Moore – 2015 Color of the Year – Coastal Surf KM 4967

 

Farrow Ball: I heard that their 2015 Color of the Year is: TANNER’S BROWN. However, I can’t find any evidence of it on their website

 

Farrow Ball 2015 Color of the year

Farrow Ball 2015 Color of the year – Tanner’s Brown

 

And finally, the Remodel-aholic is presenting us with some neutrals to use this year:

 

Neutrals for 22015

This multitude of 2015 Colors of the Year is very confusing to the consumer, I think. What should you choose? Choose a color you really like and can live with for a couple of years, don’t be too “trendy”. Of course all these colors have complimentary colors to go with them and show them off. For these details, please visit the paint companies’ websites or – better – ask your local Interior Designer for help.

What’s my favorite? Guilford Green – I have used that color or something similar in most of my projects and in my own home. It’s calming, neutral, pleasant and welcoming.

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