How-To Decorate Your Florida Home with 2015 Color Trends

Posted: January, 30, 2015 | Categories: Design and Decorating
By Highland Homes

Highland Homes Use of Marsala Color of the Year Marsala and Blue Paisley complement each other in the Highland Homes model at Southwind in Gibsonton.

“Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.쳌

--Wassily Kandinsky

What do floral arrangements, celebrities, animated children’s movies and politics have in common?    They are all discussed in secret, in a room void of color, where the color experts at Pantone track trends and consider its next color of the year. Ultimately, the color that is chosen is meant to represent the cultural emotions and attitudes of our times. Pantone’s colors of the 60’s were psychedelic representing an eruption of youth culture, in the 70’s the environmental movement started bringing more earthy colors, while the 80’s bright and vibrant with the rise of the economy and MTV.  For 2015, Pantone’s Color of the Year is Marsala.

What exactly does Pantone’s Marsala look like and what does it represent?

The popular consensus seems to be a robust wine or maybe a spice, something earthy, warm and sophisticated. It is the essence of enrichment of the mind body and soul. It’s natural, it’s nurturing, and it’s tasteful like a fortified wine.

To me, it looks like rich clay soil. I see this color and I feel warmth; I feel soft, sun beaten sand beneath my bare feet as the sun sets and the air begins to cool.

PPG’s the Voice of Color also names an annual Color of the Year, and they chose the bohemian Blue Paisley, a hue very different from Marsala, yet one I also can see in my sandy sanctuary. I see the sky saturated in scattered clouds of orange and yellow against a pure blue canvas and as the sun falls, and the blue sky deepens to reveal our place in the universe.

Can I use both colors in my home?

Yes! The great thing about 2015’s Colors of the Year is that Marsala and Blue Paisley are complementary colors, and a scheme recommend for more formal areas such as the living room, dining room or office.  Highland Homes’ model home at Southwind in Gibsonton, Florida showcases similar hues used for accent paint throughout the living room, kitchen and master bedroom.

HGTV recommends using the 60-30-10 rule when decorating any space with a color scheme:

60% - Dominate color (walls)

30% - Secondary color (upholstery, bedding, curtains)

10% - Accent color (throw pillows, floral arrangement, artwork or accent pieces)

Stacey Antonakos-Perez, Highland Homes’ Design Studio Manager, suggests pairing Marsala with gold and yellows while Blue Paisley works well with whites and creams. She states, “Both colors are powerful and great to use as accent colors throughout your home쳌.

An accent wall can make a big impact in any room without being too overpowering. It’s not a huge investment and can be an easy weekend project.  When choosing a wall to accent chose the wall that anchors your bed, a bookcase or a piece of art you may want to showcase. In a long narrow room, the short wall at the far end makes a good choice as the color will make it feel closer and the room less oblong. Before painting in your home, ask your local paint store for a small sample of paint and test a paint a splotch on your wall. Paint looks different on drywall than on color samples, and depending on the natural light in your home and other colors in the room, a paint color may look different than it does in the store.

Willow Model in Lakeland The Willow model home at Hartford Estates in Lakeland showcases a vivid blue that is similar to Blue Paisley.

Check out our Willow model home in Lakeland, at Hartford Estates. Stacey incorporated a vivid blue similar to Blue Paisley with orange accents, a brighter palette which gives the “formal쳌 dining room a more modern look. The walls adjacent to the dining space are a neautral, creamy tone.

Not quite ready to dive into a paint project?

“If you’re not ready to paint, try turning a solid neutral wall into a focal point by adding Marsala or Blue Paisley in the drapes쳌 says Stacey. “These colors may be a bit bold to be used as furniture, but are very popular to use as accents in drapes, rugs, pillows, and throws.쳌

Color is an easy way to personalize and add character to your home. When you build your new home with Highland Homes, we help you design your new home for your style and budget. Our Personal Selection Studio offers a team of experienced Design Consultants to help make the vision of your dream home come to life.

For more tips and ideas on how to decorate with the 2015 Color of the Year picks, check out our board on Pinterest. And, if you are dreaming about a new home in Florida, visit the Highland Homes website to browse our communities, home plans, and learn more about designing your home at our Personal Selection Studio.


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