Bringing the outdoors inside is not a new trend in home decor.
Long have colors been inspired by the seas, the skies, the trees and the earth. At their very roots, colors came from the earth, or at least their naturally-occurring pigments did. The colors available now are reclaiming these roots, and brightening our living spaces with the cool and crisp leafy greens, bright and calm blue skies, and the depths of the ocean blue.
Expect not only the cool environmental colors of the sky, water, and fauna, and the earthy, soothing tones directly from the ground itself, but also colors inspired by animal fur.
Blues from the Skies and Water
Bright Cobalt by Pantone is a lush and bright blue, with a tone that is reminiscent of oceans in Japanese silk paintings. It it is also a very deep color, best used as an accent color.
Breezy by Sherwin-Williams is an almost gray, pale blue that can be paired with a brighter color, which will pop near the Breezy blue.
Drizzle by Benjamin Moore is a lively and livable blue, it is one of the most enticing blues around.
Cacades by by Sherwin-Willliams is a dark, deep nautical blue that changes with the light. Pair it with a neutral color and an accent color from the red family.
Pale Blue by Pantone is the perfect shade of blue: subtle, yet rich. Peaceful and inviting to sleep and relaxation.
Clover by Pantone is a disco purple, yet modern. Use for a small room or one wall in a larger room.
Exclusive Plum by Sherwin-Williams is a muted, graying plum, delicious.
Grow Some Greens
Aloe Vera by Olympic is the perfect shade of light green for any room.
Willow Tree by Olympic has all the subtleties of a Weeping Willow tree softly swaying in the breeze.
Soothing Aloe by Olympic is somewhere between a color and a tint, leaning more towards a tint. Do not let the name confuse you into thinking this color is similar to Aloe Vera, also by Olympic.
Terra Cotta by Pantone is almost a medium coral brown, as if you were seeing it through water. Rich, yet not overpowering, the Terra Cotta would make any living room welcoming.
Pompeii Clay by Glidden is a rich saturated red brown with a hint of yellow.
Redware is another deep red brown without the yellow, by Glidden.
Rattan Tan is not your mother’s tan. This “tan” is so not tan. It is a pleasant deep khaki green-brown, by Glidden
Even those who tend to shy away from bright colors like yellow will appreciate these hues:
Pale Marigold by Pantone is the happiest yellow to come along in years. Pair it with something original, like the Breezy blue by Sherwin-Williams. You will think you live in a flower field under a pale sky.
Sunbeam by Olympic is a lighter yellow than the Pale Marigold, and it is almost as happy. The Sunbeam may prove to be more versatile and has more staying power than the brighter Pale Marigold.
Bring the outside in with these and other nature-inspired colors.