|Pantone Color of the Year 2015-Marsala|
Color(s) of the Year 2015
Take this year, for instance. Pantone says the Color of the Year is Marsala. Sherwin Williams says it's Coral Reef, and Benjamin Moore says it's Guilford Green.
|Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2015-Coral Reef|
If you want to be trendy, which of them should you choose? Can they all be right? What if you don't like any of them? And what are you supposed to do next year - paint the house again?
Here's Where I Get Cranky
It may not bother you, but I don't like the idea of people sitting in a room somewhere deciding what colors I should live with. The notion that they can make this choice for you and me and everybody else, with zero consideration for whether or not the color is appropriate, is laughable. We aren't cookie cutter people! One color of the year (or three, or more) doesn't fit all.
|Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2015-Guilford Green|
What About Fashion Trends?
What You Need to Consider When Choosing Paint Colors for Your Home
When it comes to the use of color in your home, I think you should forget about the so-called Color of the Year and instead focus on:
- the location of the house (mountains, seashore, etc.)
- the style of architecture
- the color of permanent details such as flooring, carpet, counter tops, cabinets, stonework, etc.
- the colors in major pieces of furniture
- the exposure of the room (North facing, South facing)
- the color temperature(s) of the light bulbs.
- the way the room will be used
- the colors you like
Many people have been embracing the use of gray for interiors, even though certain designers and paint companies tell us that gray is OVER. I say that if you like gray and it works well in the context of your home, you should use gray and be happy.
Then there are the designers who tell us that we all should have white kitchens. I love white kitchens as much as the next person, but I also love other ideas when they work. The right kitchen design is situational, not a formula.
So you see, I really am cranky about this whole Color of the Year business, and about design and color pronouncements from people who generalize. I pay little or no attention, and I don't think you should be concerned with them either, except for fun.