Sometimes a color can stop you in your tracks. Or you see a color that sticks with you, that you can’t seem to get out of your mind, or a color that just feels so right, it has to be YOUR color.

“We’re seeing a more cheerful approach to design and have forecasted colors that provide inspiration for people to create fresh, joyful interiors,” said Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing.

Spin the color wheel for 2015, and you may find a color sets your heart racing. In addition to Pantone’s Color of the Year -- Marsala, for 2015 – paint companies offer their own picks. Maybe there’s a color here that will sing to you!

Our palette picks from darks to brights, pastels to neutrals (and a few in-betweens):

“Coral Reef” is one of those colors that complements every complexion, and it’s Sherwin-Williams color of the year. Described as uplifting and vivacious, the color is the perfect mélange of pink, orange and red that can liven up any space.

“Coral Reef embodies the cheerful approach to design that we’re seeing for the coming year. Its unexpected versatility brings life to a range of design aesthetics, whether traditional, vintage, cottage or contemporary. Simply add this carefree color to your home’s palette and watch your creativity blossom,” said Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing, Sherwin-Williams.

The color has an outgoing personality, so it works well with white, black, lush greens, gray, buttery yellow, medium wood tones and metal finishes, especially aged matte brass.

Playing in the same color box is a frost pastel from Behr, “Clarified Orange”

Blue is an optimistic color for 2015. The Bohemian “Blue Paisley” from Pittsburgh Paints is mature and serious, but still vibrant, playing well with golden yellows and other ethnic-influenced colors. “Blue Danube” is a rich, elegant blue from Benjamin Moore, while Pratt & Lambert offers “Noir” for a dark-as-midnight inky blue. Fine Paints of Europe opts for the jewel tone “Sapphire” as their color of the year, which they view as versatile but intense.

Dutch Boy’s “Coal Blue” is an intense, grayed blue that can hold up any room. Pair it with light tans, pale blues and mustard yellow. “Biloxi Blues” is another Dutch Boy color that grays a less intense blue. There’s the vivid “Molakai” that gives turquoise a run for its money. Farrow & Ball’s “Light Blue” is on the softer, almost transparent side of blue.

Behr offers “Elusive Blue,” which takes pastel blue to a new level. Sherwin-Williams goes coastal with “Aqua-Sphere,” the color of a stormy sky. “Caribbean Sea” aptly sums up the cheerful medium blue from Glidden’s color team, while Kelly-Moore Paints offers “Coastal Surf” for its 2015 color of the year. Their choice stems from a survey of members of the American Society of Interior Designers.

“This is the first time, to my knowledge, that our industry went directly to the professional interior designers and asked them straight out what color they believed would be the most influential for interiors in the coming year,” says Dan Claybaugh, vice president of marketing for Kelly-Moore Paint.

Organic shades of green remain appealing and restful. Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore’s creative director, describes their color of the year, Guilford Green as “a neutral that’s natural. A silvery green that works well with everything.” More weathered is Behr’s crisp “Snap Pea Green,” while Dutch Boy’s “Loden Wool” is an earthier, smoky green.

Gray is still big – and Behr’s “Seared Gray” is a deep and rich gray that creates a soothing background for playing up brighter colors and textile patterns. Sherwin-Williams “Cloak Gray” goes even darker. The ColorHouse gritty color story for “Metal. 05” recalls the industrial age and “Lost + Foundry” metal and salvage objects.

Neutrals aren’t beige anymore. “Pink Ground” is Farrow & Ball’s nearly-nude pink that is not sugary or childish. The company’s “Tanner’s Brown” is earthy with an artisan feel, perfect for grounding a space. “Marshmallow” is softer than ordinary white in the Sherwin-Williams’ palette. Shades of gray make fine neutrals, too, such as “Portland Gray,” a pale color from Benjamin Moore.

Burgundy is Annie Sloan’s color choice for 2015. The color recalls Victorian interiors, boho boudoirs and Turkish rugs. Devine Color, a boutique paint company associated with Valspar, also taps into the vein of nostalgia so prevalent today with Retro-Remix and Primary Gets Schooled palettes.

“Our color choices are so strongly influenced by our memories, which is why the process of choosing color for your home feels so important, and often, so challenging. Trend colors are eye-catching, but rarely resonate emotionally, so we tend to tire of them not long after the paint has dried” said Devine Color founder and creative director Gretchen Schauffler. “In reality, we all want hues that make us feel good – that soothe and comfort us – but that still feel chic and current.”

The five-color Retro-Remix palette is soft, transitional, and neutral, with hues that can be mixed and matched for walls, trim, ceiling and even furnishings. “Devine Pond” is a cool, fresh turquoise, while “Devine Buck” is a smoky brown with a hint of purple, for example. The Primary palette turns tradition on its head with a rosy take on red called “Devine Saffron,” a cool gray with blue undertones, “Devine Lario” and a ripe-banana yellow with green, “Devine Iguana.”


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