Could This Be the Color of 2015?

Could This Be the Color of 2015?

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Taryn Williford
Nov 14, 2014
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In Pantone's recently published Fashion Color Report, they're reporting "a move toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum." The biggest note in the Spring 2015 fashion palette: Nature-like neutrals. And guess what? Earth-inspired hues look great at home, too. We're seeing this particular color pop up everywhere lately.

That's right: Olive Green.

It's warm and organic. Modern and vintage at the same time. And the best part about olive green? It acts like a neutral with almost any other colors. Really. Think of it like an Army surplus jacket for your room.

What to Mix with Olive Green

Designers are seeing and loving muted colors that remind them of the Renaissance era: dusty blue, beige, plum, and eggplant.

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The Generalist

Olive green also looks great with brighter colors, too. Teal and olive is a fresh take on the classic and analogous pair of blue and green. Citron yellow sets olive off with a compelling contrast.

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Reaching across the color wheel, olive finds a comfortable pair with all shades of orange.

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Ann Lowengart

For a more calming vibe, olive pairs well with other cool or warm neutrals.

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Is it a Trend?

Tough to say. By most people's meters, the conclusive "color of the year" isn't official until it's announced by Pantone at the previous year's end. So we'll get word very soon on whether or not to expect a total takeover of olive green.

With or without the backing of Pantone's experts, olive green is definitely becoming more popular, based on a cursory glance at new rooms and collections coming from decorators and designers. If you like the shade, you could be seeing a lot more of it in stores in the coming months.

I'm reminded of a great quote from an Apartment Therapy reader Bee for Brian on a post about knowing when a trend is over: "A trend is not a statement that a design idea is good or bad or lasting or evanescent or right or wrong. A trend is nothing more than a mild shopping alert."

So, start your engines and grab your credit cards, olive green lovers. This could be your alert.

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