2015 Color Forecast

According to textile house Brentano, jewel tones will dominate the color landscape in the new year. Here are three base colors (charcoal, flax, and porcelain) and three accent colors (citrine, emerald, and gold) interior designers should keep on their radar:

EMERALD. As classic and useful as sapphire, yet unexpected, the intense, deep green of emerald surprises and inspires. The rich jewel tone evokes luxury and the lushness of nature in a saturated shade equally welcoming, vibrant, and unique.

CITRINE. Stylish citrine, elegant as gemstones and fresh as citrus, evokes a sunny warmth. The slightly saturated yellow, lighter than saffron but deeper than buttercup, makes a nice counterpoint to grays like charcoal and porcelain.


FLAX. Embracing the dark inclusions in natural linen, flax takes the versatile neutral into a deeper, more practical range. Although slightly warmer than the linen Brentano first forecast for 2012, flax shares the same rich color variation.

PORCELAIN. A luminous neutral, neither warm nor cool, porcelain falls between perfect white and a pale gray. While bright (but not extremely so) and clean (but not pristine), the glowingly light, like-white porcelain shade lends a livable ease to interiors.

GOLD. The ultimate in luxury and opulence, gold carries through from Brentano’s color forecast from 2014 into 2015. An enticing reddish undertone and the fun of a metallic temper the color’s rich history—making this mid-tone gold a coveted accent.

CHARCOAL. Reflecting an ongoing trend toward masculine colors, the deep gray of charcoal carries forward from Brentano’s 2014 color forecast. The dramatic neutral pairs well with other colors to add rich depth to traditional and contemporary spaces.