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Monday Distractions: Sherwin Williams’ 2015 Colormix!

Monday Distractions: Sherwin Williams’ 2015 Colormix!

I’ve been very impressed by Sherwin Williams lately, the paint company has really stepped up its game. For its 2015 color forecast, I love the beautiful mix of subtle and bright colors.

The Colormix this year is titled Optimistic Odyssey. I think coming off a strong year in real estate, people are spending again and the economy is on its uptick, everyone is feeling optimistic about 2015. Taking the current lifestyle trends as cues, this 2015 color collections reflect the influence of technology, globalization and the economy.

The first collection is titled Chrysalis, which means a month or butterfly at the stage of growth when it is turning into an adult and is enclosed in a hard case. This collection signifies us looking for balance and mindful living amongst the chaos and unrest modern technology brings us. It also signifies of us coming out of recession. I love that this collection takes its cue from the nature. Together the palette builds this serene scene that can instantly calm us down after a frantic day at work. It is also a very sophisticated palette. I would totally use this collection for staging colors or styling a wedding with!

The second collection is Voyage, which incorporates sci-fi elements into everyday colors. Sherwin Williams took inspirations from unusual atmospheric events, such a aurora borealis and blood moons, it builds a collection that is supernatural and magical. I love the incorporation of plum, it adds an element of mystery to the palette. Also the darker hues of grays and blues, with subtle earthy colors as a contrast, is a very nice mix.

The next collection Buoyant reflects the happy moods coming out of a depressed economy. LOTS of bright colors that are inspired by exotic jungles & bright florals. A lot of deep and saturated colors. The palette incorporates different hues of violet, which is an extension from the 2014 color of the year family. You can still see the coral, which has also been on trend for the past couple years in home decor. Tropics are very in this upcoming year. We can see that in a lot of the spring / summer 2015 fashion coming down the runways with incorporations of tropical theme. Don’t you just love the Sedate Gray? I also love the pop of color of Coral Reef.

The last collection is the loudest, appropriately named Unrestrained. It’s all about an updated, luxurious interpretation of the celebration of global, ethnic inspired colors, designs and crafts to the Bohemian style. It also has a nod to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. As you can see, the collection is vibrant, fun and saturated compared to the previous 3 collections. You can also see a lot of inspirations from global crafts lifestyle, which is something very on trend right now as you can see what West Elm is doing with its Artisan Series and World Market Craft.

Home decor color trends are closely tied with fashion trends. As you can see from the fall winter 2014 collections (top left, bottom right) and spring /summer 2015 ready to wear (top right [by the way, you’re welcome], bottom left), many color schemes and themes are also carried throughout in the current fashion trends.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF SHERWIN WILLIAMS’ 2015 COLOR FORECAST? DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE COLOR? SHARE THEM IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW!

Photos courtesy of Sherwin Williams

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