Pantone® Spotlights Home Color Trends for 2015

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Pantone didn’t forget about fun for 2015. The Spontaneity palette is designed to inspire unique color mash-ups and whimsical designs with happy hues like Marigold, Hyacinth, Sunkist Coral and Kelly Green.

  If you’re looking for color inspiration or design direction for your home, Pantone®’s color picks for 2015 are a great place to start. Each year, the Pantone Color Institute™, the leading authority on home and fashion color standards, provides a collection of coordinated color palettes that represent the latest trends in interior design.

The 2015 Pantone Home + Interiors color collection, titled New Harmonies, includes nine palettes with eight colors each. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, this year’s color picks reflect the theme of home as sanctuary. “There is a growing movement to step out and create ‘quiet zones’ to disconnect from technology and unwind, giving ourselves time to stop and be still. Soft, cool hues blend with subtle warm tones to create a soothing escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.”

The nine distinctively-named Home + Interiors color palettes for 2015 are Style-Setting, Abstractions, Botanicum, Zensations, Urban Jungle, Tinted Medley, Past Traces, Serendipity and Spontaneity. These palettes include trending color combinations that Pantone attributes to evolving lifestyle patterns and tastes. According to Eiseman, Pantone’s goal in creating the palettes is to provide creative guidelines for color coordination rather than a rigid set of color-matching rules.


Trends seen on high fashion runways are frequently echoed in interior design. Inspired by high fashion, the Style-Setting palette is all about “poise, finish and polish.” It includes neutrals—White Alyssum, Champagne Beige, Frost Almond and Desert Taupe—along with two rich shades of purple and two darker tones of brown and gray. The palette provides many possibilities for elegant and dramatic color pairings.


The Abstractions palette is designed to inspire the inner artist in each of us with a selection of seemingly random hues and shades that can be combined to create an artistic whole. The color collection is reminiscent of a child’s crayon box, with dark and light shades of crimson and blue, Crushed Grape purple, Hazel brown and Vineyard green.


The Botanicum palette is dedicated to the complexities of flora and foliage. It includes only one shade of green—a mustardy color named Antique Moss. The dominant theme is violet, with two bright shades of orchid and two deeper purples. Neutrals include Café au Lait brown and Rock Ridge gray. The overall effect, according to Pantone, is “sophisticated, yet inherently natural.”


The enlightened Zensations palette is dominated by meditative shades from the blue and blue-green families, with Pale Gold and Silver as highlights. Anemone, a deep red that can almost be described as fuchsia, adds some visual punch. For contrast, there’s a deep shade of blue named Eclipse.

Urban Jungle

Pantone describes an urban jungle as rustic chaos that has been transformed into something civilized. The Urban Jungle palette reflects big city living with typical jungle hues that include warm shades of yellow, orange and tan, contrasted with a deep blue-green called Hydro, Bright White and Meteorite black.

Tinted Medley

This is the most subtle and harmonious palette for 2015, consisting of several closely related, muted shades of peach, pink and rose with names like Bellini, Peach Amber, Dusty Pink and Rose Smoke. Soft Dusty Yellow and lavender-gray Etherea provide a bit of contrast. The theme is definitely feminine and the palette would be the perfect choice for a tranquil bedroom or bathroom.

Past Traces

For many of us, harmony includes a touch of the past. The Past Traces palette represents the warmth that vestiges of the past can bring to a home. Bright, clean hues with names such as Faded Denim, Peach Beige, Marine Blue and Cameo Green are contrasted with darker shades named Dusty Cedar and Cedar Green. Neutrals include the off-white Pastel Parchment and Atmosphere gray.


If you like bright and vibrant colors, check out the Serendipity palette. The name means “happy accident,” and the colors offer the promise of unexpected design choices. Several of the palette’s colors have been on trend for a couple of years, from Bright Chartreuse green to Spring Crocus purple to Puffin’s Bill orange. The palette also includes scarlet, magenta, light blue, golden yellow and gray.


Pantone didn’t forget about fun for 2015. The Spontaneity palette is designed to inspire unique color mash-ups and whimsical designs with happy hues like Marigold, Hyacinth, Sunkist Coral and Kelly Green. Softer shades of orchid and jade and a deep violet provide additional chances for complements and contrasts.

Pantone is so influential that predicting these colors as trends is likely to make them trends, so you can expect to see them show up in home furnishings, appliances and accessories for the next couple of years. To see color swatches for Pantone’s 2015 palettes, visit the Pantone Color Institute website.

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