As “Pantone Color of the Year,” Marsala’s grand introduction in 2015 came alive in every sense, from the look of a fine Italian wine, to the sweet taste of the dessert it inspires, to the rich feel and regal beauty that one can envision in any room, any fabric and any environment. But interior and exterior designers are finding inspiration in other color palettes this year, too.
Here’s how to incorporate some other fresh color trends into your decor.
Deep blues borrowed from the surrounding sea can be found in Mediterranean tile work, artwork, and more. Bring those scenic blues into your kitchen, dining area and more with custom upholstery, fine fabrics and accessories. A splash of rich blue in a chair, lamp or objet d’art, contrasted with whites, greens and terra cotta can create a calm, cool feeling. Look to quality manufacturers like Wesley Hall, CRLaine and Smith Brothers for a unique, yet classic look that will stand the test of time.
Apple Greens and Hot Pinks
This year’s apple-inspired greens bring an orchard of colors in pinks too. Freshen up a guest bedroom with a garden of greenery in linens and pillows or enliven your child’s bedroom during cold and dark winter. Pick bright greens and hot pinks for fun and functional artwork and accessories. The natural shaded greens of apples can also symbolize good health. Wrapped in the warmth of tropical greenery, de-stress in the beauty of Aidan Gray’s collection of quality furniture or add a touch of pink to create the ‘days of old’ in your home office with the distressed antique look by Lorts.
Olive Greens and Oranges
Oranges and greens were very popular in the 70s and are experiencing a revival of sorts but now in more muted, sophisticated versions and pairings. Instead of the “celery” and “avocado” of our mother’s kitchens, interior decorators are using deeper olive greens for a more understated and neutral balance to the brighter oranges. The orange tones have been increasingly in vogue as a fresh way to add color and olive is the perfect match for the brightness of orange. American manufacturer Four Seasons offers gorgeous sofas, sectionals and accent chairs upholstered or slipcovered in lively prints featuring olives, corals and golds. Accessorize with matching Aidan Gray throw pillows and a Barbara Cosgrove amber table lamp.
Think of Los Angeles in the 1960s with bungalows painted in pastel pinks, lavenders, mint and aqua. Interiors showcased combinations of pastels in unconventional patterns and mixes. Updating the look for modern homes, designers are using pastels as a focal point — juxtaposing a rug swathed in pastels with furniture pieces in bolder colors. Quality makers like Dash & Albert and Company C let you bring the trend to your home easily by incorporating elements like a woven pastel patterned rug and a bright pink throw for your sofa.
The “New Neutral” of Gray
Many designers are turning away from the beiges and toward the grays for a neutral tone that works with the trendy bold blues, greens, pinks — as well as pastels. The beauty of gray is that it’s a classic color that easily blends into contemporary or classic styles. Perfect for living rooms, bathrooms or home offices, neutral gray gives you full reign to indulge in virtually any other color palette in the same room. Anchor your living room with a contemporary neutral gray sofa, and add throw pillows and chairs with bright peaches in chevron and geometric patterns. Manufacturers like Norwalk offer chemical-free furniture and accessories with countless customization options to give you unique pieces for your space.
From lively, full-bodied combinations to soft, breezy pairings, these fresh palettes will infuse your space with vibrancy. When incorporating these color trends into your home’s decor, be sure to shop for handcrafted, unique furniture and accessories from quality manufacturers. That way, you can be sure that your furnishings are free from harmful chemicals and have been made in the most sustainable way — with the craftsmanship of true artisans.