Design Color Forecast: 2015


Working at Ethan Allen has opened my eyes to the world of customize-able furniture. Endless options and endless choices is a little overwhelming but also lets me know that anything is possible in the world of design. Anyone’s tastes can be met when you have a never ending supply of choices. Walking into any other furniture store and getting 4 fabric selections on a piece just doesn’t seem like it’s enough. Maybe that’s the designer in me, I want choices! And here you can create any look possible from Traditional Jacquard fabrics on carved wood leg chairs, to Urban linen sofas with track arms to Gothic tufted velvet pieces and I am loving the options.

What does this have to do with colors? Well at the moment and for the last year color trends have had everything to do with gray. Gray-beige and linens and men’s suit woolen fabrics. Look at Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn. They know what’s going on. They can be kind of a one trick pony but their trick is spot on.

I love the neutral look of what’s happening now but what about colors? The last few years the pops of color have been attributed to yellows with cool gray tones, robin’s egg blue and Granny Smith Green. I am a fan.

But what’s to look forward to in the future? I got an e-mail from Sherwin Williams and am loving the colors they predict for 2015.

Here’s their forcast:

1. Chrysalis

We look to earth and sky for inspiration, finding raw beauty in striations and gently blurred hues and patterns. Artisans break the mold, creating objects that aren’t what they seem. Shapes are layered and deconstructed. In this moment, silence is the greatest luxury, and metamorphosis is the mother of invention.

2. Bouyant

The sci-fi dreams of the past have become everyday reality – from space tourism to undersea resorts. No longer confined to our earthly plane, we look to the beyond and find colors that are supernatural and magical. Unusual atmospheric events will keep our focus on the heavens in the months ahead.

3. Unrestrained

We celebrate bold, ethnic-inspired colors to the Bohemian lifestyle. But today’s wandering nomads aren’t starving artists – they’re fusing the carefree spirit of the gypsy with the sophistication of the jet set.. South Africa and its colorful art scene exert a strong pull, while the 2016 Summer Olympics will rivet the world’s attention on Rio de Janeiro.

 

4. Voyage

“To boldly go where no man has gone before.” That phrase was fantasy when it was born during the Sputnik era. Today we’re living it. The sci-fi dreams of the past have become everyday reality – from space tourism to undersea resorts. No longer confined to our earthly plane, we look to the beyond and find colors that are supernatural and magical. Unusual atmospheric events, including a decade-best aurora borealis and a rare sequence of “blood moons,” will keep our focus on the heavens in the months ahead.

 

What are your favorite color trends? Do you find yourself drawn to the same colors over and over? I know I do. Aside from fun colored T-Shirts in my dresser my wardrobe consists mainly of gray cardigans and jeans. Sometimes dresses with leggings and riding boots. Mostly black. Black is stylish and goes with everything! But at home, I opt for more neutrals and earthy tones. I’ll take that Voyage Collection! How about you?

Happy designing!

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