In like a lion, out like a lamb, March is a month of contentious weather. Out goes the cold, piercing weather of winter and in come the welcomed warmer serene days of spring. This year, Seattle seems to be all lamb, no lion, and spring has come quite early. Now is the time to start looking for ways to renew and renovate our spaces.
Pantone, the color authority, has come out with its list of nine hues for, Spring of 2015: En Plein Air, a minimalistic theme with cooler, softer choices and warm undertones. I have chosen three of my personal favorites that translate easily to the home and have paired them with three of the hottest Spring Trends for 2015.
Classic Blue 19-4052
One of the easiest and most economical ways to freshen a space is through paint. I am wild for this trend with a retro feel, Classic Blue. This cool, peaceful, and strong color demands attention. Used in a library or a living room, it can serve as dramatic backdrop for a beautiful piece of art that will POP. Old Navy by Benjamin Moore is an option.
Another way to use classic blue while decorating is with a luxurious tufted couch—one you just want to sink into after a long day. This trending color is popping up everywhere these days. Stores such as West Elm and Crate and Barrel are offering this color choice in other textures as well, including linens and spill-proof microfiber.
Spring 2015 trend #1: Metallics
Top off a space with gold, silver, rose gold and copper accessories and lighting. They are a perfect accent to add some sparkle to the room. How about this amazing Sputnik Chandelier by Jonathan Adler.
Glacier Gray 14-4102
Pantone’s Glacier Gray is a cool, peaceful neutral inspired by nature. It’s great for a living room, office or, especially, the bedroom and works well with lavenders and icy blues. It’s a great background color for a beachy or nautical theme. Benjamin Moore’s Bunny Gray is a good choice (and right in time for Easter, one could argue).
You may be thinking, “I live in Seattle. I need to warm up my rooms.” It’s true. Glacier Gray is quite close to the luminous gray skies we see so often. A couple of grays that come in a warmer tone are the subtle Shoreline, much warmer Revere Pewter, and the darker Galveston Gray, all by Benjamin Moore. These work well with warm colors and textures, such as dark woodwork, leather couches, etc.
Spring Trend 2015 #2: Ceramic Accessories
This handmade pottery trend looks great with lighter palettes and adds drama to darker ones. It lends itself well to complementing or introducing a light grey into the design of your space.
Tangerine is a versatile, vibrant color that brings life to a room. It’s also a complementary color for the Classic Blue. Refreshing tangerine or coral hues will work well with crisp white, as well as darker neutrals, like browns and grays, and is perfect for another spring design trend…
Spring 2015 trend #3: Pops of Color
Ease into this trend with a pair of pillows on a bed , couch or chairs. It can be difficult to find a perfect match for the color, especially if you are shopping online, but this isn’t that scientific. Go with what pleases your eye. Etsy has a wonderful selection of throw pillows, and buying from it supports a community of artists and artisans, so check out their many offerings.
If you are interested in trying out any of the colors above, read more about Pantone Paint and where to get it online.