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From bad wine to divine – colors!

Pantone’s color of the year 2015 is Marsala, which they described as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red. Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls”. Now I’m earthly and I love wine but I just cannot get into this color. Not even a little bit! To me all I see and think is bad cheap lipstick or blush. Me no likey.

Don’t get me wrong I love a rich dark color. Personally if you’re going dark and rich then really commit! Try darker greys, blue, greens and blacks – think Downton Abbey servant areas.  If you’re going red stick with a classic red with more pop – think Downton Abbey lush upstairs with endless pops of red in Season 5. While my BFF, Michael Quinn, and I were trying to have a Downton marathon all that red was like set design stop signs. So distracting for us visual divas! But I digress I could go on all day about Downton style.

I say the trend color palette from what I’ve noticed and intuited is on the fast track to being a soft and pastel palette. There’s a calm in the colors that we all need and appreciate. Our eyes like never before are so visually inundated. These fresh soft colors are like a respite offering neutral ground. There is an earthly quality to them.

Speaking of neutral ground. I’m going with one of my favorite design sites – Remodelista’s color of the year 2015 – Farrow Ball’s Pink Ground.

Eight months ago when I was putting together my visual inspiration for this blog I was drawn to the softer pastel palettes see examples below.

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 11.44.07 AMPantone’s Color of the Year 2015. Notice it’s surrounded by pastels.

My Inspiration Color Palette via Pinterest-

pastel-green-peach-color-palettee5e6477e8f84835460ec53da57a7a327a-COLOR-PALETTE-INSPIRATION-640x468Great mix of Pastels & Dark Colors, plus Lucille Ball! Fab!

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Above: Pantone’s pick for color of the year may be Marsala; but our wall color pick is pale, dusty pink (specifically, Pink Ground from Farrow & Ball, a favorite with Ben Pentreath).

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