This season, colors take their cue from nature.

“En plein air”…that’s how Pantone color forecasters describe the color trends spring 2015. Taking a cue from nature, these colors are in the softer, cooler side of the spectrum and look downright earthy compared to seasons past. These nature-like neutrals provide a calming backdrop to the constant hustle and bustle of our busy lives.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®, “Many feel compelled to be connected around the clock because we are afraid we’ll miss something important. There is a growing movement to step out and create ‘quiet zones’ to disconnect from technology and unwind, giving ourselves time to stop and be still. Color choices follow the same minimalistic, ‘en plein air’ theme, taking a cue from nature rather than being reinvented or mechanically manipulated.”

In the workplace, these hues encourage a sense of calm, creativity, and productivity all of which serve to give employees a sense of wellbeing. Using color to maximize productivity or provoke certain psychological responses is nothing new, but utilizing this color palette could be just the right recipe for reducing stress. For that very reason, there has been a trend, aptly named Biophilia, towards incorporating natural light, fresh air and greenery in the workplace as a means of enhancing the restorative connection to nature.

This is certainly a trend that we hope continues!