Color Of The Year


 Pantone Color of the Year 2015 18-1438 Marsala

The earthy red kissed wine hue will replace Radiant Orchid as fashion and design’s “it” color in the new year and is expected to “make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors,” color experts at Pantone say. The shade is complex but grounding -a Brown-Red with Blue undertones for a dark blush effect. “It’s a color that you can mix with what you already own,” You can add just a touch of it. That’s the intent and purpose. It is not the color that swallows the world.” A universally confident and calm color.


Bobbi Brown Iconic Lipsticks from the cult-following classic ‘Marsala’ color palette.

Pantone’s yearly picks can herald a marked presence of a color in fashion, beauty, housewares, home design and consumer packaging, though some years the influence is stronger than others. For example, as they did with Radiant Orchid last year, and Emerald the year before, the cosmetics giant Sephora plans a limited-edition collection of beauty products based on Pantone and its latest pick. Marsala has been widely used in lipstick -think Bobbi Brown and hair color for years. Emanating natural, sophisticated earthiness and appeal.


Eclectic furnishings and colors find a middle ground with the saturated brownish Red pigment of Marsala paint and accents in the home, creating a warm, romantic and inviting glow of sophistication throughout the living area.

Radiant Orchid


PANTONE -the world-renowned global authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries, recently announced PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid -the shade that is the color-wheel contrast to Green, a captivating, magical, enigmatic Purple, as the color of the year for 2014.“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “An invitation to innovation,” Purple being a color associated with creativity and originality, and Orchid an enchanting harmony of Fuchsia, Purple and Pink undertones, Radiant Orchid then inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.


Interior featuring PANTONE Color of the Year 2014 Radiant Orchid, A captivating color “one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” In terms of fashion and interior design, Radiant Orchid is a luxurious yet relaxed shade of Purple that complements Olive and deeper Hunter Greens -personal favorites, beautifully, and offers brilliant balance when paired with Neutrals and warm wood grains. Orchid Love.


PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid Paint


For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

Tastemaker Design

There’s a new interior design app called Houzz -Interior Design Ideas. Coined the “Wikipedia of interior and exterior design” by CNN, Houzz has the largest database of home design ideas on the net, with over 1,500,000 high-resolution photos. Browse photos by Style, Room and Location and save them to your virtual diary of ideas -it’s the equivalent of clipping design and architecture magazines to a scrapbook- making ideas easier to search, save, and share.


Houzz Interior Design AppNapa St. Helena House, John K. Anderson Design with Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects Browse database of photos for ideas by ‘Room’ -Contemporary, Farmhouse, Eclectic, Rustic… and ‘Style’ -Kitchen, Living Room, Home Office, Exterior… and easily begin to create a personalized lookbook to send or save for future off-line viewing. Excellent reference for self and contractor.


Houzz Interior Design App, Studio Schicketanz of Carver + Schicketanz,The app has beautiful photos optimized to click on for information on design and products within rooms, and details about the architects -as well as their portfolio of other projects. Save or visit for future reference and ideas. One of the best parts of the app is that you can search for local, location specific, and or favorite architects and designers. And discover new ones!


Houzz Interior Design App, BAR Architects, Join the discussion and get the community to help with your design dilemmas or find answers to specific questions in the ‘Discussions’ and ‘Professionals’ categories, or browse the well-edited selection of interesting and informative, and for the most part pithy, articles. Find everything from products and design projects curated by their editorial team to top-rated local designers, architects, contractors and other home pros who can help you realize your ideas. You also have the option to organize a specific lookbook of interiors with a distinct aesthetic with the many great architects on Houzz creating very beautiful & innovative design.


Houzz Interior Design App, Green Tagged Adirondack Antler Chandelier by Restoration Hardware, Where available, you can click on green ‘Tags’ within rooms for information on interesting products for details and vend0r location for later purchase. Discovering new products and stores is simple and fun, finding items locally and searching the global marketplace. I appreciate the ability to visit the virtual ‘Store Homepages’ of my favorites via an item and see what’s in stock and new in season, and or to pre-plan a room within a budget or intention in mind before shopping.


Houzz Interior Design App, Adirondack Antler Chandelier by Restoration Hardware, Search ‘Products’ category for Furniture,Windows & Doors, Storage & Organization etc., then by ‘Style’ to complete your interiors and save favorites to lookbook. Or save random images with pieces and color combinations that catch your eye -just for inspiration or to imagine multiple looks and ideas. The ability to search ‘Products’ by vendor is also a great resource at your fingertips -all in one place without having to visit individual websites, you can select ‘All Products’ to browse a variety or specify category.

Available from iTunes and Houzz

For color inspiration, discover another great new interior design app from previous post My Pantone

My Pantone

Color Inspiration


My PANTONE App, What an amazing tool! A great starting point or way to ‘jot’ down a palette when you’re out and about and see an interesting pattern, fabric, color combination in a room, environment etc. and the artistic wheels start to spin in your mind. Color is transformative and this is a great way to keep a record of what you need for work, as well as the colors you like -to inspire new projects. Fun to play with too! You can store your ideas in the app or email them to yourself. Other features include: Text and voice annotation of palettes, Post notifications of new palettes to Twitter and Facebook & GPS tagging of palettes.


My PANTONE App, Allows you to walk into a residence/business and snap a few of photos of their existing space/decor, quickly and easily, so that later you’ll have the swatches/palette at hand needed for your own resource, or designing reference for marketing materials, interiors, and more. Automatically generates harmonious color combinations.

Pantone_02 My PANTONE App, With it you can capture and extract colors from photos and snap to the closest PANTONE Color & cross-reference PANTONE colors to other PANTONE color libraries. Once you have created your color palettes you can then share them in a variety of ways: E-mail an HTML image of your palette, or E-mail color palettes that can be used in the Adobe, Creative Suite, QuarkXPress, and CorelDraw.

My PANTONE App, You not only get the matching Pantone color, but you can also get the Lab, sRGB, HTML (Hex), and CMYK values. Fantastic for graphic/media/interior designers. Colors can also be saved as Favorites. Brilliant! Available from iTunes.


PANTONE is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

Charming Nest Eggs


Martha Stewart Living, April 2013, Nature-themed Decaled Eggs with an American Vintage Folk Art Aesthetic. Artful transformation!. With signature lifestyle maven Martha Stewart flair. Craft on! Instructions here


Faux Pantone Easter Eggs, created by Graphic Designer Jessica Jones 2012, Dyed by standing them vertically in small cups of dye, typed labels printed on ink jet temporary tattoo paper (remember to print the words backwards!). Create and match the color numbers using your Pantone Color Swatches. Great for the interior-designer-in-all-of-us just-for-the-sheer-satisfaction-of-it-project. Colorful and clever!


If your inner artist is also an environmentalist, you may want to opt for Natural Dyeing Techniques. Where flower petals,herbs (think parsley), and leaves make for beautiful botanical designs & impressions. Some great natural & non toxic egg dyeing recipes use onion skins and other plant-based materials such as fresh beets, pre-boiled red cabbage, spinach, blueberry, coffee, tea and turmeric for creative coloring. Home-brewed concoctions like this are an eco-friendly way to get just the right ‘au natural’ tint to your holiday eggs. Most of these ingredients are also compostable, completing the cycle of life in both home and garden.


The technique of Herb-Imprinted Eggs in onion skin infused water is one of the oldest and most unusual natural methods to create beautifully golden-red eggs with artistic imprints. Artistic Tip: Consider using brown eggs for an earthier palette!

Pantone Design

PANTONE has recently released the redesigned PANTONE Fashion + Home Cotton Swatch Library and Cotton Swatch Case, housed in limited edition packaging, celebrating its 50th anniversary. Both systems include all 2,100 Fashion + Home Colors that are consistently achievable and supported worldwide.


The ultimate PANTONE Fashion + Home Cotton Swatch Library, 2013. Each individual cotton swatch measures 2″ x 2″ and fits into its own numbered, die-cut pocket so that swatches are visible, but still protected against damage. Extra blank folders are included for palette creation, allowing designers to organize their colors for a season, project, or product line. The PANTONE Fashion + Home Cotton Swatch Library, housed within an intelligently designed and American-made wooden display, is a six binder set organized by color families that holds chromatically arranged swatch folders. Color families are easily identified by the color indicators on the binder spine, helping designers find the right color faster. Each swatch has a six-digit reference number for swatch manageability and a unique PANTONE Color name chosen to convey and evoke feelings, emotions and meanings.


The PANTONE Fashion + Home Cotton Swatch Case, a two-volume set, includes groups of 10 1″ x 2″ cotton swatches stored in numbered and labeled envelopes for convenient storage, optimal color viewing and protection from wrinkling. Extra envelopes are also included for palette development and organization when working on a specific project. The case offers a stylish and mobile design, improving designer usability for in-the-moment inspiration, palette creation and presentations.


PANTONE Home Interior Colors 2013. According to the PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2013 book, there are nine color palettes predicted to dominate interior design and furniture trends this year. A mix of muted palettes serve as the new classics while rainbow-inspired colors provoke bolder style statements. Palettes that put a fresh spin on old-world elegance, and are refined and sophisticated with just the right amount of understated drama.


PANTONE Color Of The Year 2013, 17-5641 Emerald Green. Lively. Radiant. Lush. A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony. “Green is the most abundant hue in nature -the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute in a press release. “It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity -no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.” I love Emerald Green when it comes to accessorizing in fashion and interior design, and of course, jewelry. Gorgeous!


PANTONE is the world-renowned global authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer. For over 20 years, PANTONE, has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to forecast the season’s most important color trends.