Color Trends

It’s always interesting to see how color trends change from year to year. Benjamin Moore posts annual “Color Trends” and from last year’s beach-inspired sun-drenched shades we now have classic greens such as the “Color of the Year” Guilford Green to deep plums and grays. Earlier this summer I was seeing a lot of turquoise and sea-glass green and while I am still seeing these colors here and there, I’m seeing more shades of brown and gray. An example of this would be Sherwin-Williams October Color of the Month, which was Blue Peacock, absolutely jewel-toned turquoise.

Color should be all about personal taste, however, should is a silly word. Color is ultimately a design tool. For example, color in a room can draw the eye from one place to another or it can highlight areas that you might want to shine more. It can cool a room or intensify the drama of the space, so really it’s all about bringing the whole room together. The paint color truly is the simplest way to do just exactly that.

One of my favorite tools online for seeing what colors match the best is a Benjamin Moore/Cambria Quartz tool:

You can click on each color of Cambria quartz and you will see four color choices; the colors that Benjamin Moore and Cambria have agreed work the best with the quartz countertop shades. While this is fun, it's best to use if you are having Cambria's quartz countertops installed in your home.

Another great tool online is by Sherwin Williams, it is called the Visualizer: where you can choose the room, download your own room photos and try paint colors on before you buy them! This is a tool I have been known to spend hours on. Working…well, playing…no, working. OK, I admit it...both.

Valspar Paint has something similar called a Virtual Painter:

You can play on these sites and those of many more paint companies, it’s a good idea to download photos of your own space and see if you can try those colors on. It’s also a good idea to get sample cans of paint colors, try them out in the room under the lights as they are in that space – see how it works together! Remember, too, that you can use accent colors (door frames, window frames, backs of glass-door cabinetry) to highlight the colors you are using throughout the room. Above all, have fun with it!


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