2015 paint colour trends
The biggest names in paint share the colour trends that will dominate Canadian homes in 2015.
Paint has long been touted as one of the easiest ways to update a space, from treating the walls to a fresh coat in a new hue to giving an old piece of furniture a new lease on life with a few strokes. Just pop that can open, and voila – in a few hours, your home can be transformed into an entirely new space. This year, paint companies are all about promoting serenity and calm, introducing colours that provide an escape from the stresses and hustle and bustle of the outside world.
Read on for the hottest palettes gracing Canadian homes in 2015 from the biggest names in paint, like homegrown masters CIL to across-the-pond traditionalists Farrow & Ball and environmentally friendly local paint manufacturers Homestead House. Icy blues, vibrant teals, pale greens and even spicy yellows – colour is on the horizon for 2015 paint trends in a major way.
North American favourite Benjamin Moore announced Guilford Green as their Colour of the Year for 2015, a stunning silvery green that complements both modern and traditional styles seamlessly. "Homeowners are ready to experiment with colour and are more confident with making unique design choices for the home," says Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Creative Director. “Guilford Green is the perfect thread to connect nature, spaces and interiors with colour schemes that signify fresh energy and growth.” Where to use this colour Versatile in nature, Guilford Green can be used in a number of rooms in the house, but also on a number of surfaces. “We chose Guilford Green as our 2015 Colour of the Year because it can be the hero or the highlight in any room, enhancing the architectural identity of a space,” says Ellen. “When used on a ceiling or trim against a more saturated colour like in the photo shown here, it reads almost white, so it’s really a fresh approach to neutrals in the home.” Guilford Green HC-116, Benjamin Moore
For 2015, classic British paint company Farrow & Ball chose to highlight colours that offer up a sanctuary from the stresses of modern day living, like Light Blue. A soft blue with a silvery quality, Light Blue is intended to create an interior where colours shift and change like the landscape, transforming the home into a serene and calming space. Where to use this colour Combined with cool greys like Blackened and Lamp Room Gray, Light Blue works well in kitchens and bathrooms to give these spaces a feeling of relaxed movement. Pair with chrome and white accessoriesto get the most impact out of this icy blue. Light Blue No. 22, Farrow & Ball
PARA’s colour of the year is the rich, celestial navy blue Spectrolite (shown here on the wall next to the fireplace). Radiating feelings of serenity and clarity, Spectrolite’s deep hue is inspired by the universe and its powerful, awe-inspiring colours. Where to use this colour Bold and dramatic, Spectrolite would look great as an accent colour on the front dooror an interior wall, juxtaposed against softer, more neutral colours like PARA’s delicate off-white Princess Cut (PPF57). Because of its dark, serene hue, consider Spectrolite for a space used to relax and unwind, like the den or bedroom. Spectrolite PF73, PARA Paints
This year, yellows take a turn away from the softer tones of 2014 and move towards bolder and more dramatic hues, like CIL’s Curry Spice. “This standout shade works wonderfully as a unique hit of colour to liven up a room, especially when combined with grey, white and soft blue,” says Susan Forint, CIL Colour & Design Expert. Where to use this colour “Curry Spice is fabulous as an accent colour on a feature wall or on a single piece of furniture, such as a sideboard in a family room, a dining tablein a kitchen or on a nightstand or in a child’s room,” says Susan. Curry Spice 45YY 62/805* DL19, CIL
From the Deep Dreams palette of Behr’s 2015 Colour Trends comes Essential Teal, a vibrant and profound green-blue in a rich jewel tone. “Essential Teal expands on the turquoises and aquas we have seen in recent years,” says Erika Woelfel, Behr Paints Director of Colour. “This dark peacock blue works well with gray and brown neutrals, and accents like fuchsia, purple or yellow.” Where to use this colour “Essential Teal can transform a bedroom into a dreamy and energetic landscape,” says Erika. “When used on a wall, whether it’s as a feature or all-over colour, it contrasts well with clean white trim and dark brown furniture.” Essential Teal T15-3, Behr
Techies by day need a retreat at night, and Sico’s colour trends for the year create a calm, serene environment and much-needed respite from our busy lives. The soft, washed-out Intrepid Blue provides a welcome balance to the energetic colours of 2015 and is associated with minimalistic styling, clean lines and simplicity. Where to use this colour “Tranquil and grounded in nature, Intrepid Blue would be best used in the bedroom or bathroom, providing a calm, serene environment and much needed retreat from busy days,” says Mylene Gevry, marketing manger for Sico. Intrepid Blue 6022-31, Sico Paint
Canadian paint brand Homestead House Paint Co. offers up a number of beautiful colourways for furniture makeovers, and their trendiest for 2015 is Inglenook, a blue grey from their environmentally-friendly, 100% acrylic Fusion line. Named after a recess in the wall near the fireplace where families would have a settee or dining table, Inglenook is meant to evoke the feeling of warmth and coziness that comes from the small “nook” close to the fire. “It pairs well with white and neutral linens, but can also provide an interesting contrast against charcoal grey and deep, rich blues and browns,” says Jennylyn Pringle, manager of Homestead House Paint Co. Where to use this colour “Inglenook works well in a bathroom or kitchen where it can be used on the cabinetry or accent furniture,” says Jennylyn. “Pair it with a Carrera marble countertopfor an elegant, sophisticated look. It adds a touch of modern farmhouse that fits in with the city or country.” Inglenook, Homestead House Paint Co.
As part of Style at Home’s Country Colour Collectionwith Beauti-Tone, Junction is a casual classic colour that fits your home as perfectly as your favourite pair of jeans fit your body. This deep denim is a member of the ‘York’ palette, a combination of blues, beiges and taupes reminiscent of the large Tudor Revival homes in Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods. Where to use this colour Try using Junction on the walls of a hallway or a dining room, accented against wainscoting painted in Beauti-Tone’s Kingsway, a warm neutral. Junction FD094-4, Beauti-Tone, available at homehardware.ca
A predominantly white kitchen with rustic elements.
An eclectic design sensibility tempered by an outdoorsy palette shows that, as always, Mother Nature knows best.
If every house has a story, this one features a happy ending the homeowners wrote themselves. But it wasn't without a few plot twists and turns along the way. It was 12 years ago that Laurie and Randy Phillips noticed a quaint cottage home in Delta, B.C., a beachside community near Vancouver, was for sale. "The property was two streets over from us, and we'd often walk by just to admire it," says Laurie. Within 24 hours of spotting the house for sale, they owned it. The plan? To renovate the cottage and imbue it with an eclectic look of mixed styles (from rustic farmhouse to industrial chic to Mid-Century Modern) that would honour the outdoors. And finish it all before they moved in with their son. However, when Randy, an electrician-turned-firefighter, started the demolition, the news was bad - as in, catastrophic. The cottage lacked a proper foundation, and little else could be brought up to code. Suddenly, the couple was left with no choice: They had to build a new house from the ground up. "The situation pushed us to do something we weren't ready to do," says Laurie. "But we realized we could create the kind of historic-looking home we love but couldn't afford in Vancouver."
The couple tackled the job themselves: Randy, who has experience in framing and construction, did nearly all the building himself; Laurie, who works in cosmetics and skincare and has an affinity for design, oversaw the interior. But before Laurie could get to her bulging inspiration files, the couple had to decide on the bones of the house. They settled on a blueprint for a 2,500-square-foot Craftsman-style home with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. And Laurie's vision for the exterior was unwavering - she wanted grey coloured cedar shake shingles with white trim. Her plan also included a stone patio for entertaining and a grassy area with Adirondack chairs for lounging in the backyard, since Vancouver's mild climate means the family can enjoy the outdoors for nine months of the year. Finally, it was time for Laurie to dig into the decor. Inspired by her natural surroundings and the home's exterior, Laurie carried the neutral palette throughout the entire house to create a seamless flow between the indoors and out. "I wanted a look that wouldn't date," she says.
The oval window at the front of the house was a must for Laurie because of its beachy appeal. “It’s something I associate with the ocean,” she says.
A slipcovered armchair anchors a gallery wall of black and white artwork, some by Laurie and some bought online. The monochromatic palette gives the display cohesion, while the various sizes and finishes of the framed artwork keep it from feeling too uniform.
The home office, just off the front entrance, showcases Laurie’s eclectic design sensibility. The cool Mid-century modern-style office chair she found on Craigslist looks even more sleek when paired with a weathered wooden desk.
Honed granite kitchen countertops ground the classic white shaker-style cabinetry in the kitchen. Laurie chose barely-there white linen Roman window blinds for the windows to add a cozy layer to the space without distracting from the view of the beautiful backyard. An antique wooden workbench Laurie found at auction takes centre stage as a kitchen island in the mostly white kitchen. “Because the living space is all open concept, I wanted something leggy and not bulky,” she explains. Plus, it’s a conversation piece. “Everyone talks about it when they first visit.”
In the dining room, Laurie combined iconic black bentwood dining chairs with white moulded plastic ones to achieve a classic, casual and chic mix.
The white plastic chairs in the kitchen compliment the many white and black accents in the home and add brightness to the dining table.
Black accents ground the all-white living room, adding interest and personality. “Because there’s so much white and light, I didn’t want everything to float away,” says Laurie.
Taupe velvet drapes add polish to the expansive living room windows, but they’re rarely pulled closed, allowing the sun to shine in.
Since homeowners Laurie and Randy Phillips designed and built this Craftsman-style house themselves the grey cedar shake shingles, crisp white trim and transom windows are synonymous with its look. The back door leads right into the kitchen, which is super convenient when the couple wants to barbecue meals.
Shapely outdoor lounge chairs create an inviting seating area against a cedar hedge in the backyard. “As soon as the weather gets nice, we’re out here or on the front porch,” says Laurie.
Tumbled stone pavers, which Randy installed himself, lead from the front of the house to the shingled garage in the backyard.
Getting and staying organized isn't easy. If you're struggling to conquer clutter once and for all, our simple 99 organizing tips should help get you started.
We know, we know: getting organized at home can be easier vowed than done. But even if you’re short on time (and budget), there are dozens of ways you can get your house in order. Here are 99 of our favourite low-cost organizing tips; many of them are environmentally friendly, too!
A stunning kitchen design that proves open display may require more organization, but it's so beautiful it's worth it!
1 Use old baby-food jars to hold spices. Stash them in a drawer upside down so this recycling trick looks sleek, not cheap.
2 Store all your instruction manuals in one binder in the kitchen or pantry.
3 Collect your takeout menus in a binder. Or stuff them into a Ziploc bag and stash 'em – where else? – in the fridge or cupboard.
4 Use a cardboard six-pack container to carry condiments from kitchen to deck in BBQ-casual style.
5 Keep a tray or basket on the kitchen counter where kids can drop off permission slips and adults can put mail requiring immediate action. A second tray can handle lower-priority paperwork.
6 Don’t waste time constantly topping up cereal-sized food storage containers with dog or cat kibble. Use a metal trashcan to store one bag at a time in rodent-proof style.
7 Use a recharging station to keep your cell phone, MP3 player and other portable device cords untangled and your gadgets fully charged.
8 Can’t find fresh garlic or onions? Keep them in clean knee-high nylons. Hang in a cool, dry place.
9 Post a sheet of paper on the fridge and note groceries and supplies needing replenishing. On grocery day, just grab the sheet and go.
10 Reduce spoilage of fruits and veggies by “rotating” your crops. Put new ones underneath ones that were already in your crisper.
11 Use small jam jars to hold cotton swabs, balls and other essentials inside your bathroom vanity drawers.
12 Use an old wooden stepladder to hold bath and hand towels.
13 Cut the amount of time you spend going from linen closet to bathroom by installing extra towel storage via a hotel-style double towel bar.
14 And a stash of bath towels rolled inside a basket helps, too.
15 Store kids’ bath toys in a fine-laundry bag. Hang from the faucet 'til fully drained.
16 Use a shower organizer and just the basics: mild shampoo, conditioner and a body wash.
17 Stash extra shower products in plastic caddies – one per family member.
18 Keep cleaning products in a caddy, too.
19 Post a sheet of paper in the bathroom and note bathroom supplies that need replenishing. On grocery day, just grab the sheet and go.
20 Assign teens and tweens their “own” towel sets by colour. Sorting laundry becomes super-easy and sharing-aversive kids are content.
21 For the living room or family room, get an ottoman or bench with hidden storage under the seat.
22 Large woven or wooden baskets stash clutter effectively, so stock up.
23 Got kids? Get large tubs that can be used to deploy toys – and quickly move them out of living spaces when company’s coming.
24 Don’t hold on to magazines. Just rip out any pages you want to keep for future reference, keep in a file folder, then recycle the rest.
25 Toss dirty socks into mesh fine-laundry bags. Orphaned socks will be a thing of the past.
26 Dollar store plastic caddies are perfect for grouping cleaning products upright in cabinets – no tipping!
27 Recycle old plastic shopping bags. Store them in an empty Kleenex box ‘til you need them.
28 Store batteries in plastic berry baskets until you’re ready to drop them off at the recycling centre.
29 Ditto for compact fluorescent bulbs and orchard fruit baskets.
30 Big, busy family? Paint one entire wall in your mudroom in chalkboard paint so everyone can easily leave messages for one another.
31 Keep one basket per person in your mudroom or front entrance, so everyone knows where to drop off/find their personal on-the-go essentials like keys, bags, homework etc.
32 Designate a back-to-car zone by your entranceway, and put anything there that requires returning to the trunk – i.e. reusable grocery bags, empties – so the next person to use the car will remember to bring them.
33 Remove the front and back from a picture frame and string rows of wire across the centre. Hang it or lean it against the wall and hook earrings onto each wire.
34 For easy jewellery storage, use an old dressmaker’s dolly to hang necklaces and hook earrings into.
35 Shopaholics can put those pretty boutique bags to use by hanging them on the wall or arranging them on a shelf, where they can store scarves and belts.
36 Do a card run – birthdays, holidays, new baby etc. – once a year and store cards in a file tote.
37 Use ice cube trays to hold clips, erasers and other desk-drawer essentials.
38 Use an old wooden stepladder to hold books.
39 Use white address label stickers to label what each cord in a power bar is for.
40 Paint an oversized canvas in one bold colour and hang it from the wall. Pin a rotating collection of your kids’ artwork on it.
41 Post a sheet of paper on your bulletin board and note office supplies that need replenishing.
42 Use a canvas over-the-door shoe organizer to organize small kids toys and art supplies.
43 Those ubiquitous Danish butter cookie tins can be both an art project and art storage unit for kids. First let your child decoupage it. Then use it to hold crayons and pastels.
44 Post those novelty basketball rings above anything you want your kids to slam dunk stuff into rather than the floor: garbage cans, laundry baskets, etc.
45 For preschoolers too young to use hangers with ease, install a low bar in the closet and simply drape dresses and pants across it to keep them wrinkle-free and easily accessible.
46 Have your child plan their wardrobe one school week at a time. Store outfits within five stacking cubbies or on five combination hangers (hangers with a bar and clips to hold pants as well as a top) to streamline their morning routine.
47 Keep sheet sets organized by folding and storing the fitted sheet, flat sheet and pillowcase inside the second pillowcase.
48 If you don’t want to buy stacking shoeboxes, recycle the cardboard boxes your shoes came in by cutting out a panel at one end for visibility and ventilation.
49 Install a closet organization system: it’ll pay itself off with time and aggravation saved!
50 A well-lit wardrobe is easier to keep organized. Install a Solatube, skylight or adequate artificial light for your needs.
51 Don’t limit closet storage to hangers. Hang hooks on the door for frequently used items.
52 Tackle that kitchen junk drawer problem head on. Today. Purge, edit and keep things in place with a drawer organizer.
53 Are you a piler, not filer? That’s fine, just keep piles of paperwork organized by using folders and write-on clips.
54 Recycle leftover gift-wrap ribbons by using them to tie up extra electrical and other cords in your utility closet.
55 Dedicated tie, belt and scarf holders are closet must-haves.
56 Upgrade your address book for a classic Rolodex. They’re retro-chic and easy to keep updated.
57 Buy a framed corkboard, hang it in the kitchen and pin up favourite recipes, clipped from magazines.
58 Make space by putting your CDs in organizers, by genre. Recycle the jewel cases or put them into storage in the attic.
59 Or, purge your CD clutter once and for all by having your CDs converted to digital files at riptopia.com. Sell or donate the used CDs.
60 Buy a hotel-style hairdryer that can be installed on the wall to save space, time and energy in a small bathroom.
61 A pot-lid holder puts the vertical space behind a cabinet door to good use.
62 A wrap-organizer does the same, creating the perfect spot for plastic wrap, aluminum foil and waxed paper.
63 Organize vanity essentials on a vintage tray. Très organized and très chic.
64 Use an extra wine rack to hold rolled-up magazines.
65 Use cutlery trays in your drawers, but to save even more time, stash everyday flatware in a countertop caddy.
66 Shrink-wrap out of season clothes, blankets and duvets to save space while storing.
67 You’ll never fit sheets back into those reusable vinyl zip pouches they were sold in, but you can stash cloth napkins in them. Use one pouch per set and label the quantity with a Sharpie.
68 Buy 10 pairs of the same gym socks, to minimize sorting.
69 Do the same for your hubby.
70 Do the same for his dress socks if he can get away with always wearing the same black ones during fall/winter at least.
71 Stash kids’ art supplies on a lazy Susan so everything is easily accessible.
72 Organize household bills in an accordion file with month-by-month pockets.
73 Hold onto paint chips, fabric swatches and brochures from your last redecorating session. You never know when you’ll need to reference them. Store them in an accordion file.
74 On your mudroom wall, hammer in two nails, then string wire between them. Provide clothes pegs and have your kids hang their wet mittens and gloves to dry overnight.
75 Banish tiny piles of coins and start saving in style. Get a designer piggy bank and keep it by the entranceway, laundry or kitchen—wherever you’d like to dump your change.
76 Tired of that circa-90s cast-iron pot rack? Move it from the kitchen to the garage or potting shed and use it to keep garden tools organized.
77 Get – and use – a garden hose caddy.
78 Edit your hangers. Choose: wire, plastic or wood and unify the hangers in every closet.
79 Use pillboxes to stash your earrings and rings when traveling.
80 Use a soda-can dispenser in the fridge so you can access your pop easily without tipping.
81 Use a wall-mounted broom and mop holder, or tie ribbon loops on the end of poles and hang them from hooks in your closet, garage or utility closet.
82 Make a party kit. Stash napkins, extra glassware and plates, votive candles and holders, extra vases, cocktail picks and other necessities in an old wine crate and pull it out pre-party or pre-holiday entertaining so you don’t waste valuable cupboard space.
83 Use a binder to store all medical records and information for everyone in your family, including each pet. Use dividers for each family member and include plastic pouches or expandable pockets to contain receipts and tiny record cards.
84 Stash awkward, easy-to-misplace necessities (extra hairbrushes, lint roller) in decorative reusable tote bags. Hang them off a doorknob in every room.
85 Burn digital images to CD once a month so you’ll never lose them if your computer (gasp!) crashes. Or print them ASAP!
86 Store photos in archival-quality, acid-free boxes until you have time to organize them in albums.
87 Get a heavy-duty paper shredder for peace of mind – and efficient shredding without risk of overheating.
88 Place your shredder where you intercept daily mail. If that’s the kitchen, so be it.
89 Put a small plastic caddy in your gym bag so you can manage hair care and skincare products without dropping anything. Excess water will just drain out.
90 Stop losing lock combinations and computer passwords once and for all. Jot everyone’s codes and combinations down in a notebook and store it in your family’s fireproof lockbox.
91 Store reusable shopping bags one inside the other.
92 Always keep one cute, foldable shopping tote in each of your heavy-rotation purses so you’re never caught without.
93 Avoid the last-minute drugstore run by always having a kit of your favourite travel-sized toiletries (and common OTC meds like allergy pills) packed and waiting in your suitcase.
94 Get a gift-wrap organizer and stock up on a year’s worth of wrap and ribbons, or ready-to-fill bags and tissue.
95 If perishables regularly go to waste in your fridge, start planning weekly dinner menus. Just buy ingredients for those meals, plus lunch basics. Post the menu on your fridge so you’re on track.
96 Mount a magnetized knife rack to a wall in your utility closet or basement, to keep your most commonly used screwdrivers and wrenches handy, not buried in the toolbox.
97 Donate your battery-powered emergency flashlights and stock up on windup models so you never have to worry about replacing batteries.
98 Stop stressing over the emergency preparedness kit the Canadian government recommends all families have. Just make one and get on with your life. Visit getprepared.ca to learn what to put in it. Stash it in a rolling suitcase so it’s mobile in case you have to be, too.
99 Plan a closet clean-out once per season. Less mess makes staying organized a lot easier.
Pantone's spring 2016 colour guide
Dessert has never been so glamorous! These hand-made porcelain dessert plates are delicately formed and painted to resemble the fluid beauty of a watercolour painting. Organic in look and feel, they’ll add a beautiful touch to your table. Dessert Plates in Rose and Gold (set of 2), Suite One Studios, $60.
Inject the happy hue of ‘Peach Echo’ into your home with this lovely linen throw blanket. Designed by Annie Selke, this throw with fringed edges is an easy piece to incorporate into your existing decor, especially throughout the spring and summer months. Laundered Linen Throw in Coral, Horchow, $170
Now here’s a more permanent way to incorporate Pantone’s Serenity blue into your home. If you absolutely adore the colour, make an investment purchase, like this stunning Paris desk from Dering Hall. Lacquered to an impeccable high gloss finish and accented with brass, this will easily become a showpiece in your home! Paris Desk, Dering Hall, price on request.
Mimicking the look of a watercolour painting, this gorgeous throw pillow in varying shades of blue is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. It’s perfect for adding a temporary hit of colour that you can swap out whenever the mood strikes. Roar + Rabbit Indoor/Outdoor Thistle Pillow, West Elm, $51.49.
Pretty and punchy, this vibrant yellow end table is an eye-catching accessory that will add instant cheer to any space. Consider using this in a living room, foyer or even as a bedside table. Wherever you put it, it will brighten up the room. Marlon End Table, All Modern, $76.15.
Your kitchen countertops will dazzle with this gorgeous appliance sitting atop them. An absolute kitchen essential, this KitchenAid stand mixer will earn its place of prominence in the hub of your home and in this bright hue, it will truly shine. KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer in Aqua Sky, Williams-Sonoma, $530.
This cotton duvet cover in a soft and subtle pattern and colourway is perfect for summoning sweet dreams night after night. Designed by Plum & Bow, exclusively for Urban Outfitters, it may soon become a favourite. Plum & Bow Agra Stripe Duvet Cover, Urban Outfitters, prices vary.
For nearly a century, Le Creuset has been designing classic enameled cast-iron cookware that professional chefs and at-home cooks alike adore. In a fiery red, this set is right on trend and will make dinner time so much more fun! Le Creuset Signature Cast-Iron 5-Piece Cookware Set, Red, Williams-Sonoma, $499.95.
Simple and sophisticated, this swivel chair is sure to become a classic in your home. Scooped arms and a double row of nailheads add the charming details that make this chair a winner. Pasadena Upholstered Swivel Armchair in Walnut, Pottery Barn, prices vary.
A bright, bold green might not be the easiest colour to incorporate into your decor but these lamps will have you chomping at the bit to go green at home! Made from Murano glass, this lamp is a definite splurge that will add an understated elegance to whichever room it graces. Venetian Series Green Lamp by Jan Showers, Viyet, see site for details.