MY Color of the Day

Pantone Color of the Year 2015 MarsalaEvery year, the company Pantone releases their “Color of the Year“, showcasing one color that will set the trends in home and runway fashion. The 2015 color is Marsala, a deep, rich wine color and “…a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.” Now don’t get me wrong, I love a rich, dark neutral (and a nice glass of red wine) as much as the next girl, but I am left with a quandary. What if I don’t happen to like Marsala? What if I don’t think it can “enrich my mind, body & soul“, as the ad claims. What if, when I imagine where I could use it in my home I think, “it’s just too dark and somber for my colorful space?” Well, I could turn to Benjamin Moore, who also released their 2015 Color of the Year, Guilford Green,

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2015 Guilford Green“…a stunning silvery green that complements both modern and traditional styles in a seamless manner.”  I am left to wonder why, Ben Moore, why this color? Well, “We chose Guilford Green as our 2015 Color of the Year because it can be the hero or the highlight in any room, enhancing the architectural identity of a space,” said Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director at Benjamin Moore. “Guilford Green is the perfect thread to connect nature, spaces and interiors with color schemes that signify fresh energy and growth.”  And, although Guilford Green is indeed, quite pretty, green is typically not a color I have chosen for my home in the past. So, what’s a decorator to do if we want to follow the trends but are looking for something a little brighter and more colorful? Well, Sherwin Williams has the answer!

Sherwin Williams 2015 Color of the Year Coral ReefIntroducing Coral Reef,…a vivacious hue, is Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2015. Upbeat and optimistic, Coral Reef celebrates a time for renewal and is the perfect mélange of pink, orange and red that can be used to liven up any space. Its unexpected versatility brings life to a range of design aesthetics, whether traditional, vintage, cottage or contemporary. Jackie Jordan, Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing.” 

Well, I do like the idea of being upbeat and optimistic in 2015, but I am not certain that painting a room Coral Reef is gonna get me there. Although being buried under snow in the dead of winter in the Northeast, I could use a little bit of tropical happiness in our home.

Snow Barn Country Design HomeSo, what do you make of these colors? Are any of these one that you would paint in your home, either separately or together (there is a color palette there…) When you are looking to design a room, does the thought “I really should check out the color of the year” come into play before you make a choice? For me, it just doesn’t come down to what a manufacturer suggests should be my color, it all comes down to personal preference. I LOVE color, lots of different colors, and my thoughts regarding my favorite color choices change continuously with my mood or the lighting or one swatch of gorgeous fabric that might catch my eye. Now, I can’t turn around and paint over a room (or can I...) every time I spot a new color that I fall in love with and have to paint immediately. Which is why I started posting my favorite “color of the day” on my Country Design Home Facebook page. (not that anyone actually sees my Facebook page anymore…thanks Facebook.)

Thee Velvet Glove Facebook PageEvery morning, as I scroll through my news feed, I am struck by the ever-changing variety of amazing furniture makeovers, like this gorgeous piece from Thee Velvet Glove, using every color of the rainbow. And if that weren’t enough, there are hundreds of new photos of incredible gardens and colorful vintage kitchens and stunning bedrooms every day, making my daily choice of color an easy one. I just choose, like and share whatever strikes me depending on my mood…Just from doing this over the past few weeks, I have discovered two things: I LOVE pinks and blues…this was my choice a couple of days ago…isn’t it gorgeous!?!? From Vintage and Art Blogspot.

Pink Dresser by Vintage and Artand 2. I’m a sucker for a lost little white puppy in the Budweiser Super Bowl ad.

Budweiser Super Bowl Ad Puppy LoveSo what do you think? Do you have your color of the year? And do you love puppies? Have a super Saturday, everyone. Counting down to the big game!! xoxo Susan


  1. chris aka monkey says:

    my thoughts exactly, it has been a while since any of the “color of the year” have met my fancy, but i love that pink and that puppy xx go seahawks


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