The colour experts at Pantone® have announced their spring 2015 colour trends – cooler, softer shades with subtle warm tones that follow a minimalistic ‘en plein air’ theme, taking their cues from Nature. En plein air, or ‘in the open air’ includes an eclectic, ethereal mix of understated brights, pale pastels and nature-like neutrals.
Says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute, “Many feel compelled to be connected around the clock because we are afraid we’ll miss something important. There is a growing movement to step out and create ‘quiet zones’; to disconnect from technology and unwind, giving ourselves time to stop and be still. Soft, cool hues blend with subtle warm tones to create a soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.”
Among the newest shades is a tropical collection of blues, aqua and azure that ally with a rich navy and an understated bright green. This group plays against more neutral tans, coral, orange with burnt undertones, a soft lemon yellow and silvery grey – adding the restful quality mentioned above to this otherwise strong palette.
And, while this all sounds just great, and is easy to incorporate into the fashions we wear – adding it into your home fashions is a little more complicated.
So, how do you add the newest colours into your home?
Of the many ways to do it, paint remains the obvious solution.
But there are many ways to use the newest paint colours.
Cast aside the idea that paint has to involve an entire room, and consider painting a feature wall – usually the one you see first upon entering a room – in one of the newest shades. Quick, easy and on-trend!
Or, take a piece of furniture – perhaps a desk, or a kitchen table, or wooden chairs – and paint it (or them!) in one (or more) of the newest colours for an instant, eye-catching update.
Selecting two or three complementary colours from the new trends, and incorporating them into toss cushions, wall art, lampshades, drapes and area rugs makes a big statement for relatively little expense – and blend your newly painted feature walls into your living space in a harmonious way to ensure all the new elements work well with the existing ones.
In the kitchen, table runners, ceramic pieces, coloured glass pieces, trivets, tea towels and accent dishes can all incorporate the newest trends AND work in harmony with your cabinets, backsplashes and other finishes.
For those who want to go bigger with the new trends – updating a backsplash with tiles in trending colours makes a powerful statement.
Perhaps the easiest spaces to bring in the newest tones are in bedrooms and bathrooms –bed linens, towels and floor mats can create eye-catching appeal in just a few minutes.
Add some sparkling, coloured-glass accessories in one of two of the new colours – and you’ve created “the look” relatively effortlessly.
Outside your home, consider using the newest colours by painting doors and shutters in your favourite shade; look for planters and welcome mats that utilize colours from the new collections – and even plant flowers that feature the 2015 shades.
Some of the flowers and shrubs that came to mind for us as soon as we saw Pantone’s new palette are Indian Paintbrush, Summer Madness Petunias, Salmon Queen and Golden Yellow Hollyhocks, and Goldflame Honeysuckle.
No matter how or where you decide to add some of this spring’s newest colours – the key to success is the same. You want them to add impact without disturbing the harmony of existing pieces and colours.
While you’re making your choices, bear in mind what’s already in your living space – and make sure what you’re choosing will complement each room. Then get ready to receive the compliments that are sure to come your way when friends and family visit!
Originally Published by The Chronicle Herald
Alexandra Kelter is a social media specialist with Central Home Improvements. Her column covers many aspects of home improvement, both indoor and outdoor, and will combine trending styles with practical applications all within realistic budgets. Kelter is also passionate about fashion, travel, living by the ocean and her bulldog.