The Color Forecast Is Bright Paint Some Sunshine into Your New Year

By Colucci, Rosa | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), November 22, 2014 | Go to article overview

The Color Forecast Is Bright Paint Some Sunshine into Your New Year


Colucci, Rosa, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Color forecasts for 2015 look a little like the palettes of impressionist painters Monet, Renoir or Van Gogh.

Most paint companies have released their color of the year collections. They usually choose four themes to reflect the trends and then pull one standout color as the star. Pantone, which chooses colorways for products beyond paint, has called its 2015 fashion color report "En Plein Air," referring to outdoor painting with a range of "understated brights, pale pastels and tropical landscapes."

The Sherwin-Williams palettes cross the spectrum from the muted, colorful neutrals of the Chrysalis palette to the bold, carnival shades of Unrestrained. The company's color of the year is Coral Reef (SW 6606), a shade that Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing, says "has a great floral component in it. It's not too red, not too orange, right in the middle and just creates a buoyant mood."

The company's press materials show splashy peonies, painted shabby chic furniture and a modern backdrop for lime green art.

"Possibilities Trends" is the theme behind the four new palettes at PPG Paints and Architectural Coatings. The company's color experts chose Blue Paisley (PPG-1238-6), a crisp, saturated blue, as its color of the year.

"We have had a really great response to the shade," said Dee Schlotter, PPG color brand manager. "It is very optimistic and points to a new horizon. It is a serious, mature and positive blue, not like the baby blues of the past."

Blue Paisley is part of the Co-leidoscope palette, based on world trends and travels. It coordinates with Mother of Pearl, Bone White and a fun yellow called Curry Sauce.

The Good Life palette from PPG pulls from the harmony of the coastal regions. Fresh flowers and earthy browns hint of the sea in shades such as Oatmeal, Burnt Red, Holland Tile and Malibu Done. They work well with natural textures ranging from wicker to braided leather. Other palettes in the collection include the modern I'm Pulse, featuring urban neutrals paired with brights, and Introsense, which blends nature and technology with shades such as Antique White and Onyx.

Of course, there has to be somewhere for the eye to rest in this color bouquet. The Paint Quality Institute is naming gray as the winner over white for the second year in a row. …

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