Modern Masters: 2015 Hot Colors

Modern Masters Hot List for 2015 | Colors in Review on the Cafe Blog2015 was a great year for Modern Masters as we watched our products expand to more locations and used in ever more increasing ways. We also spied a few color trends of our own (just like Pantone) and thought to share them with you as we get ready for 2016. Ready? Let’s do this!


Hot Metal Effects Projects in 2015 | Modern Masters Cafe BlogFirst up is Metal Effects, one of the more popular product lines for us this year. Our Metal Effects Kits are now available online at and many decorative painters and DIYers expanded their artistry with patinas and oxidation.

Copper and Bronze Patina on Kitchen Range Hood | Project by Patricia Presto of On The Surface | Modern Masters Hot Colors and Projects 2015Patricia Presto of On the Surface, used both our Copper and Bronze Reactive Metallic Paints and the Blue Patina Aging Solution to create an extraordinary finish on a showhouse kitchen range hood. It looked so realistic that she was requested by the designer to make cards to place on the counter stating “this is not real copper.” Image by Mary Powell Photography.

Modern Masters Metal Effects Patina on Furniture | Hot Colors and Projects of 2015Patinating furniture took off this year with gorgeous results. The Painted Bench Hamilton created a showstopping storage unit for their studio with the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint and both the Blue and Green Patina Aging Solutions.


Hottest Metallic Colors of 2015 | Modern Masters Cafe BlogOur Metallic Paint Collection is a perennial favorite, being used in theme parks, awards shows like the Oscars® and of course, your homes and businesses.

Painted Metallic Furniture | Modern Masters Cafe BlogUpcycling furniture with paint is a ‘trend’ that we think is here to stay. Who wouldn’t love to transform a blah piece into something extraordinary? Decorative painter Linda Gale Boyles of Southern Inspirations used our Copper Metallic Paint for an artistic night table (left) and DIYer Redone Reloved used Warm Silver Metallic Paint to add a painterly yet classic look to a dresser (right).

Metallic Paint on Cabinetry and Trim | Modern Masters Hot Colors on the Cafe BlogDecorative & Faux Finishes always share their amazing Modern Masters projects with us and when we spied this one, our jaws dropped. A gold metallic paint overglazed on a foil finish to give the walls gives a rich, luxe look. The same tone is on the crown molding, trim and the cabinets, which were topcoated for protection.


Hottest Metallic Plaster Colors of 2015 | Modern Masters Cafe BlogOur Metallic Plaster has a symphonic blend of shimmer, luster, elegance and environmental friendliness. We saw many unique wall and ceiling projects with them this year!

Metallic Plaster Wall Treatment by Shauna Gallagher | Modern Masters Hot Projects and Colors 2015Decorative Artist Shauna Gallagher took various Metallic Plaster shades and created an eye-pleasing wall treatment with a layered stencil pattern for a commercial shop.

Metallic Plaster Inspiration | Modern Masters Hot Projects and Colors 2015 | Ceiling by NCF Studio NCF Studio added drama to a rustic entryway by using our Metallic Plaster, Wall Glazing Cream and gold leafing on a foyer groin ceiling.


Hot Front Door Paint Colors | Modern Masters Cafe BlogSuper easy to use, cleans up beautifully and never fades. Add to that the ability to be done with your door in mere hours made our Front Door Paint a first-rate choice for your upgraded curb appeal. Here’s some of our fave projects with the most popular colors.

Blue Front Doors Make a Splash | Modern Masters Hot Colors 2015Aniko of Place of My Taste used the door color Peaceful blue for both her front entrance and shutters. So welcoming!

Hot Front Door Paint Colors for 2015 | Modern Masters Cafe Blog | Project by Pursuing VintageKristen of Pursuing Vintage used an one-two combo of Sophisticated red for her front door and Elegant black for her shutters. Beautiful!

What do you think of the hot colors for 2015? We loved seeing these colors and finishes in your projects this year and are so excited to see what’s coming up for 2016! Be sure to share those amazing new projects with us!


Pantone Colors of the Year Meet Modern Masters Metallic Paint

Pantone Colors of the Year - Rose Quartz and Serenity | Modern Masters Cafe BlogEvery year in December, color authority Pantone releases their Color of the Year choice for the upcoming 12 months of Fashion, Beauty and Design. After much research and trend analysis, they released an unprecedented choice of two colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity, a “harmonious pairing of inviting shades that embody a mindset of tranquility and inner peace”. We couldn’t help but notice that they are the embodiment of two of our Metallic Paint Collection colors: Pink Pearl and Shimmering Sky.

Pantone Rose Quartz and Serenity of the Year Meet Their Metallic Match | Modern Masters CafeThe light blue and light pink colors bring a sense of calming tones to a well-designed environment. Having the colors shimmer also plays right into Pantone’s plan as they further announce that “translucent, glazing, matte and metallic shine are key finishes” for both colors.

2015 Pantone Color of the Year Inspiration in Metallics | Pink Pearl and Shimmering Sky Metallic Paint | Project by My So Called Craft Life featured in the Modern Masters Cafe BlogOn this metallic painted table by Ashlee of My So Called Crafty Life, she mixes both our Pink Pearl (the metallic equivalent of Rose Quartz) and Shimmering Sky (the metallic equivalent of Serenity) in one beautiful furniture piece with handpainted accents and vintage wallpaper. You can see how nicely the colors play off with gold, silver and pearl tones as well.

2016 Pantone Color of they Year Inspiration | Colorful Chipped Paint and Rust | Modern Masters Cafe BlogSince we love faux & decorative finishes and textures, we also found added inspiration for using the trending baby blue and baby pink colors. This chippy, distressed and patinated door mixes the colors so pleasingly. Notice how well they work with an expanded color scheme of greens and both buttery and bright yellows. We found the inspiring image via the Comma Workshop blog.

2016 Pantone Colors of the Year at Play | Design by Ohara Davies-GaetanoWe also spied this gorgeous designed home with loads of decorative painting appeal. The wood slats in the ceiling have an ornamental design that has been distressed and there are a few key furniture pieces with chic, painted textures and colors. The blues and pinks meld so seamlessly here. The design work is by Ohara Davies-Gaetano.

Pantone Color of the Year Meet Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Cafe Blog We hope you’ve enjoyed these Color of the Year ideas! Pink Pearl Metallic Paint and Shimmering Sky Metallic Paint are both water-based and ideal for multiple surfaces such as furniture, walls, ceilings, decor accents and more. If you are looking to incorporate Pantone’s Colors of the Year, try adding splash and sparkle by using these two gorgeous metallic shades. Don’t forget to pin these ideas – have an inspired day!

NOW AVAILABLE! Metal Effects Kits at

Metal Effects Kits from Modern Masters Now Available at!You asked, we listened! We have beautiful Metal Effects Kits that are perfect for small crafts and projects now available online at – just in time for the holidays!

Rust and both Blue and Green Patina Kits are now available at!The Rust Finish Kit is available as well as both our Blue Patina Kit and Green Patina Kit. All that you need is available in one easy-to-carry box: the Metal Effects Primer, the Copper and Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint or Iron Reactive Paint, the Blue, Green or Rust Activators and in the case of the Rust Finish, our Permacoat Xtreme topcoat is included as well. [A topcoat is not recommended for the Blue and Green Patinas.] Plus, you’ll also have a handy spray bottle and brushes.

The Metal Effects Rust Finish Kit is now available at!The Metal Effects Kits at are perfect to oxidate small projects such as candlesticks, mailboxes, hanging racks, decor accents and more! They make perfect presents for yourself or the creative person in your life! Of course, if you wanted larger sizes or needed to tackle a good-sized furniture piece, our local retailers offer a wonderful selection and many offer workshops as well. Easy to use, beautiful and affordable – Metal Effects makes a wonderful gift for the holidays!