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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.

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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.

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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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New Home Trends You Should Know About in 2015

by Courtney Soinski

Is your home ready for the New Year, inside and out? As we get closer to the end of December, many of us begin to crave some sort of change or daydream about making a fresh start.

You’d be surprised how much better you’ll feel after transforming your surroundings into a fresh new look. If you’re planning on selling your home, it’s especially important that you keep it in tip-top shape and stay up to speed with new, popular home trends. You may even attract new home buyers!

Here are some of the top home remodeling trends in 2015, according to remodeling experts – Andy Lindus of Lindus Construction, Mike Blank of MBC Remodeling, and Jason Hampel of Moss Building & Design.

1. Bye-bye ceramic flooring…Hello luxury vinyl tile.

Increasingly in 2015, home owners will be using luxury vinyl tiles on their kitchen or bathroom floors instead of ceramic. This type of flooring gives a higher end look at a cheaper price.

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2. More painted kitchen cabinets and less stainless steel.

You’ll begin to see painted cabinets in new kitchens along with white trim as we enter the New Year. People are also starting to move away from stainless steel appliances because they show fingerprints very easily.

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3. Maintenance-free countertops.

It may be hard to believe, but granite countertops are on their way out. Although not gone completely, we will start seeing a much greater demand for high-end kitchen countertops that require little maintenance, such as soapstone, engineered stone, or zinc.

 

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4. Cooler bathroom colors.

In the bathrooms of new trending homes, buyers are leaning more and more toward cooler colors on the wall and décor. Specifically, cool grays, green, blues and white will be popping up in remodeled bathrooms.

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5. Adding “keeping room” off the kitchen.

An increasing number of residents are adding “keeping rooms” to their home’s layout. A somewhat small room located near the kitchen, it’s a great place where kids can play with their toys, or the room can even be a study or media room.

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6. Bigger closets and bathrooms.

Another home design trend that you’ll see in 2015 is in the bedroom. Less money is being put into bedroom space. Rather, there is a higher demand for larger closets and bathrooms because people want to make better use of their space.

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Now is the perfect time to think about redecorating your house to attract new home buyers in 2015. Just follow these top home design trends for the New Year. You’ll be glad you did!

 

Source: http://www.angieslist.com/articles/contractors-talk-home-remodeling-trends-2015.htm

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