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An Enthusiastic Color Palette Forecast for 2015

by Kerrie Kelly, ASID

At the beginning of every year, manufacturers and designers announce a new palette of paint color picks that they feature and highlight throughout the coming months. Just like New Year’s resolutions, the new color schemes give us a chance to rethink and refresh our spaces.

So far, the big announcement of the year is from Pantone, the company that leads the design industry with a standardized color matching system that’s used in everything from printing to fabrics to paints. Make the most of them in your own home by thinking like a designer (and we’re not just talking about a fresh coat of paint). Combine and complement your design by bringing color matching in with fabrics, carpet and upholstery.

Let’s take a look at the big colors you’ll be seeing and hearing about all through 2015.

Marsala: Pantone’s pick for the year, this is the big one. Marsala is a timeless shade of red with distinct brown undertones, and was something of a surprise this year. Much cooler in tone than last year’s Radiant Orchid, Marsala brings quiet sophistication to any space. As an accent, this is a color that may work well with the palette you’ve already established. Think throw pillows, throws and lampshades. If you’re looking for a bit more of a statement, an area rug or papered wall will add warmth and depth to the room without overwhelming it. With crisp white trim, Marsala on the walls is surprising yet subdued.


Colorful Coral: Another shade you’ll see and hear a lot about this year is an airy shade of coral. Like Marsala, but lighter in tone, the shade you’ll see is not quite blush and not quite salmon. It brings a little more light and whimsy to your space. On the walls, you’ll find it works in a traditional, almost colonial setting, giving a nod to the British West Indies style. This may not be the color to think of in terms of upholstery this year, but with accents of white or similar delicate but tropical shades, it can help you create a very special and soothing master suite or spa-like bathroom.

All About Aqua: As coral is to marsala, this shade of aqua is to its big, bold and blue cousin. With a definite nautical or even tropical feel, this color is perfect with crisp white, whether you’re thinking molding and trim, bedding or upholstery. The contrast is soothing and refreshing at the same time. In a more transitional or contemporary setting, grays and shades of navy provide a grounding background that adds a touch of modern sophistication. Aqua is a great base to work from with all kinds of accessories from light metallic to rich wood tones, and sleek and chic contemporary materials.

Big, Bold and Aegean blue: Another brave choice this year is the bold shade of Aegean blue, with its tones of indigo and cornflower. Anything but formal, this rich and warm color is great in transitional or contemporary settings. Crisp and clean with grays and whites, it works well as upholstery for throw pillows—or the whole sofa. While not quite a primary shade, it invites other bright and bold colors as accents. If you’re looking for a fresh start in 2015, this is an adventurous choice that offers lots of flexibility.


Soft Sage Green: Finally, we’re looking forward to a soft, sagey green so muted and delicate that it barely registers. If you’re not ready for big, bold change, this soothing color is a great choice in nearly any setting. It works with a very broad spectrum of fabrics and upholstery from leather to linen, and can be a great way to ground some bolder choices in furniture while still offering something a tad more interesting than a basic white. Beautiful with rich wood tones, clean whites and metallics of all finishes, this versatile choice is one that you’ll barely see, but all your guests will comment on.

The picks of the year are a great way to start thinking about how you’d like to evolve your space over the coming months. There’s no need to commit to anything right off the bat—grab a few paint chips to pair with your existing fabrics, furniture and accessories and consider what might work best. It’s always worth the time and effort to buy a few pints and try them out in strategic places throughout the house.

We’d love to hear your ideas about how to work with the color picks for 2015!

Kerrie Kelly writes on color styles, lighting and other home décor components for Home Depot. Kerrie is an award-winning interior designer based in California, and the author of Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide. To view lighting options, including sconces, you can visit the Home Depot website.

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Selling Your Home? Make A Little Color Go A Long Way.

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When it comes to preparing your home to sell, color is probably one of the most important aspects. As you re-decorate certain rooms throughout your house, use color to your home’s advantage. You’ll attract new buyers and make the best possible first impression during a tour. A little color really CAN go a long way!

First, you need to choose a color scheme. A complementary color scheme is commonly applied to more formal rooms in the house such living rooms and dining rooms. It can include red and green, blue and yellow, or purple and orange. An analogous color scheme is normally found in more casual rooms and includes colors such as yellow and green, blue and violet, or red and orange.

Now for the fun part . . .

Add a pop of red in rooms with cooler hues.

If you’re a fan of cooler hues, consider using a palette of blue-grays with a punch of red.


Make neutral walls stand out.

For light neutral walls, think about going with a soft yellow or pale green as the main color. As long as it has a hint of blue or gray in the hue, it will be an effective neutral. Spice it up by adding a bold yellow throughout the room.

Liven up your white kitchen.

In a mostly white kitchen, try adding a warm, dark gray to highlight different elements in the room while also adding a bold accent of green.

Go wild with a splash of orange.

This can be a tough color to pull off, but it can be done perfectly by getting rid of that extra visual clutter like trinkets and tchotchkes. Paint it on one or two walls and then pair the orange with neutral shades to even it out.

Get a good sleep with shades of purple.

Does your bedroom need some spicing up? Purple is a great color to use because it has a calming effect to help you get a soothing sleep. Mix these pops of purple with warm whites or grays.


For more great tips on home design and redecoration, check out these related articles:

How To Mix Old Treasures & New Trends at Home

Three Overlooked Home Features That Drive Curb Appeal

Arranging Furniture? Do It Feng Shui Style.


Source: Houzz.com

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3 Luxurious Trends in Bathroom Comfort

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Whether you are planning on adding some luxurious updates to your home in anticipation of selling, or you just bought a new home and want to maximize your comfort, bathroom upgrades are the way to go. From bath time with your kids to getting ready for work in the morning, to unwinding at the end of a long day with a hot bath, you probably spend more time in the bathroom than you realize.

The bathroom is one of those rooms that’s easy to overlook when thinking about extras. Do you have a shower curtain? Check. Bath mat, towels and toothbrush holder? Check, check and check. And a lot of the time, that’s where it stops. There are, however, a good number of upgrades you can make to turn the location of your rushed morning routine into an enjoyable place to start the day.

Here are some luxurious updates you can make to your bathroom:

Towel Warmers

One of the simplest modifications you can make to your bathroom to swap out your plain towel rack for a towel warmer rack. These electric warmers have enough room and power to warm a full set of bath, hand and face towels while using less power than the average light bulb running on 110 volts. All you have to do is mount it or place it on the floor, plug it in, and flip the switch to the “On” position when you’re ready to use it.

Towel warmer racks not only warm towels, but they can bring your clothing and blankets to a nice toasty temperature, as well. Furthermore, these handy racks also dry towels post-use, which helps eliminate smells and keep bathrooms mildew free.

Radiant Heat Floors

While ceramic and porcelain tile is attractive and easy to clean, it also gets downright chilly, especially in the winter months. Imagine waking up in the morning and instead of shuffling along the shockingly cold tile, your feet are welcomed by warmth. When you splurge on radiant heat floors for your bathroom, you can have this level of comfort and luxury whenever you wish.


In the installation process, your electrician and tile installer will work together to lay heating cables which interlace with mesh mats and sandwich between layers of thinset. Then they cover it with ceramic, porcelain or stone tile. Some heating systems even offer a programmable thermostat which will preheat the floor for you every morning before you even leave your bed.

Entertainment Systems

The bathroom is usually not the first room most people think of when they plan for high definition TVs and surround sound systems, but these devices are no longer strictly for living rooms and man caves. Today’s best bathrooms are wired for media junkies so you can watch the morning news while you shave, listen and sing along to your favorite songs while you shower, and never have to miss a minute of the big game again.

These are just a few of the luxurious updates you can make to your bathroom, raising the value for potential buyers or making your new home that much more exciting for you and your family. What are some other indulging upgrades you’ve considered?

Home Depot’s Sarah Kellner writes on bathroom décor, providing advice to homeowners and renters on accessories and storage. A wide selection of products to upgrade your bathroom, including towel warmers mentioned by Sarah, can be found at Home Depot online.


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