color-of-the-year-2015Every year designers declare a Color of the Year. In recent years we have seen colors Aloe and Plum. This year, Sherwin Williams has declared Coral Reef as the color for 2015.

Coral Reef is a blend of pink, orange and red. It can serve as a lively highlight color, or even as a primary color in the right space.

Before you break out the paint brushes and cover your home in Coral Reef – or any color – here are a few things to consider:

  • The size of your space. Bright colors like this usually look great in small spaces like bathrooms, but can be overwhelming in bedrooms or other rooms that do not have a lot of natural light. Likewise, dark colors can make small rooms feel even smaller.
  • Lighting. A color that looks lovely in the store can look very different on your walls when the sun is rising or setting. Or when your pot lights are on, rather than your chandelier. If you aren’t sure that a color will work for your space, consider purchasing a sample size and painting a 2”x2” swatch on the wall. Then take a few days to see how it looks at different times of day and with different lights on and off.
  • Adjoining rooms. Rooms off of hallways can have unique colors and design schemes. But rooms that adjoin one another have to at least complement each other. Before you paint, think about the view from one view to the next.

The great thing about paint is that it can be a very easy design element to change. But if you decide that a color is a little too intense for your walls, you can still use it. Pillows, blankets and other accessories are a great way to bring your favorite color into a space. You can even paint a table, or other piece of furniture for a unique touch in your décor.

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