Colors of the Year: Look Back and Ahead for New Color Inspiration

by lcmremodel

Sure this time of year is all about joyful tidings and merrymaking, but if you are a color nerd like me, you also look forward to it for the various Color of the Year announcements by paint manufacturers and color management companies. I recently attended a handful of industry events put on by paint companies to present their Color of the Year selections for 2015. It was interesting to learn about the processes they use to select their colors. 

Selecting and promoting a Color of the Year is certainly a marketing tool, but the process is taken very seriously, with many companies sending teams of color experts out into the field, near and far, to explore and document their environment. The teams then meet to discuss and present (and often argue!) about what they saw, what inspired them and what color trends they noticed. From all of this a color or colors are chosen. 

We’ll take a look at last year’s picks first and then see what’s being forecast to be big in 2015.