2015 Color Palette of the Year
Clockwise from top:
Look and feel alive -- explore rain forest green; Paradise 6720, Sherwin-Williams.
Flatter yourself in warm blush; Naive Peach 6631, Sherwin-Williams.
Get sassy or go soft with shape-shifting coral; Salmon Rose, 2003-3C, Valspar.
Sophisticated gray keeps it grounded; Stone's Throw, 28-18, Pratt & Lambert.
Add a fresh berry on top; Panama Rose, 1181-7, PPG.
Get lost in deep and dreamy oceanic blue; Essential Teal, T15-3, Behr.
How We Chose the Palette
For us, the adventure began months ago -- an odyssey of trend research from paint companies, trade shows, fashion runways, and more. We melded the gems into a palette that packs excitement without losing livability. Watch and learn more!
Now it’s your turn. Explore our takes on the palette and get tips on how to bring it home.
Deep and Dreamy
Dial up the rich gray, dial down the coral, and the mood is serene, sexy, and sophisticated. And don't stop with the walls. Painting the floor gives a room a whole new look. Deep teal works here because it's the same intensity as the gray. No fears of dark forces taking over, though: A pale gray ceiling, neutral rug, and other light, bright touches deliver visual breathing room. Art, pillows, and flowers add the kick of berry bright.
Get Gray Right: With a saturated color, test first! Paint a piece of foam-core board, and move it around the room to see how it looks at different times of day. It's the sure way to get a gray that doesn't go green.
The Showstopper: A jewel-green Stockholm sofa from IKEA packs a lot of mmm-velvet, retro-fresh, midcentury style for a modest $999. Trust us, you won't get sick of it. Green is nature's neutral, and bringing it inside feels as good as soft grass between your toes.
Deep and Dreamy: Get the Look
Dash & Albert Numa Wool Rug; tuvaluhome.com. Nate Berkus Side Table; target.com. Spa Hues Lamp; shadesoflight.com. Art by Anna Ullman; artfullywalls.com. La Fiorentina Wine & Magenta Pillows; ariannabelle.com.
Dark Wall Colors: Get It Right
Learn the tricks to decorating with a dark wall color and how to create a look that's sophisticated, not dreary.
Light and Lively
Splash soft coral on the walls, and the vibe goes happy in a hurry, especially when the palette also includes plenty of gorgeous green, from deep and mossy to luminous and bright.
Change your pillows and change the look of your space. Take the pillows out of this room, for example, and it goes surprisingly neutral.
Of course, you want to keep it sane while getting adventurous with color. Try this fresh palette cleanser: Pair an expansive white mat with a white frame for a seamless, airy look on art. And remember to layer in grounding grays and timeless, textural wood and metal.
Light and Lively: Get the Look
Green Glass Lamp; shopcandelabra.com. Multicolor Painted Diamonds Jute Rug; shadesoflight.com. Floral Pillows; caitlinwilsontextiles.com. Malakos Malachite Pillow; dwellstudio.com. Fuchsia Pillow; donnakaranhome.com. Big Swirl 1 by Susan Gillette; art.com. Noah Chair and Alec White Coffee Table; bryght.com. Martini Side Table; westelm.com. Hairpin Dining Table; selamatdesigns.com.
Soft and Modern
Flattering blush hues guarantee you'll look good. You'll be current, too, when you pair soft, romantic shades with bold corals and grays. We brought ours in with graphic, sponge-painted curtain panels, a fresh way to soften a clean-lined canopy bed.
Underfoot, we revisit the Turkish rug. Our palette comes together in antique blocks that were washed, redyed, and stitched into a unique creation.
Keep Soft Posh
Soft colors aren't limited to frothy and frilly spaces or juvenile bedrooms. Here's how to use the hues with a kick of sophistication.
Get in the Mix
Play with pattern on the bed and still rest easy! A fail-safe mix combines grounding elements -- like the white and gray blankets -- with repeated colors and shapes, like the circular elements here. Then comes that one kapow: Our wow-worthy florals match the intensity of the curtain panels. Pile on luscious textures to make a bed oh-so inviting.
Resources on Slide 11.
Soft and Modern: Get the Look
Osborn Four-Poster; crateandbarrel.com. Curtain panels, Silkeborg Rug; ikea-usa.com. Wall color: Romance, 6323, Sherwin-Williams. Rose Gold Scoop Table Lamp; westelm.com. Olivia Chest; grandinroad.com. Gray bench; safavieh.com. Velvet throw on bench; canvashomestore.com. Warm Geos art by Britt Bass Turner; artfullywalls.com.
On the bed: Eileen Fisher Waves Washed Silk Quilt; garnethill.com. Gray Dot Duvet Cover; graymarketdesign.com. Patterned sheets; target.com. Solid sheet and pillowcases; garnethill.com. Floral and Gray Dot Pillows; anthropologie.com. Striped Circles Pillow; rebeccaatwood.com.
Explore color your own way. Travel the no-big commitment road to a set of new tumblers or plates that'll perk up your table. Or boldly go for a wow-worthy jumpsuit and splashy pumps.
This Slide: Jumpsuit; maggylondon.com. Ivanka Trump Bag; zappos.com. Shoes; dunelondon.com. Ring; katespade.com. Necklace; vincecamuto.com. Enameled bangles; lydellnyc.com. Gold bangles; meyelo.com.
No Paintbrush Required
You don’t even have to lift a brush to change the look of a neutral dining room. Just bring in a few fresh tabletop items.
This Slide: Braided Place Mats; worldmarket.com. Herringbone Pom Pom Throw; furbishstudio.com. Hermit’s Road art by Harry Stooshinoff; artfullywalls.com. Metallic Stripe Pink Napkin; shopterrain.com. Kate Spade New York Malmo Rose Gold Flatware; bedbathandbeyond.com. Damien Hirst Spin Plates; momastore.org. Marta Double Old-Fashioned Glasses; cb2.com. Gotham Pink Desk Tray; workof.com. Shoes; ninewest.com. Ivanka Trump Clutch; nordstrom.com.
Be a Softie
Jazz up your rooms with fresh textiles.
This Slide: Bridge City Blooms Gray and Floral Pillow; caitlinwilsontextiles.com. Oasis Yellow Velvet Pillow; worldmarket.com. Coral Pillow; target.com. Pink Pillow; donnakaranhome.com. Blue and Green Turtleback Pillow; luluandgeorgia.com. Hawthorne Striped Pillow; caitlinwilsontextiles.com. Neutral Floral Pillow; ariannabelle.com. Gray Pillow; walmart.com. Velvet Ottoman in Marine; safavieh.com. Pantone Rug; target.com.