Watching color trends and forecasts is an awesome way to find inspiration for your home. Colors are chosen each year by trendsetters, designers, and paint companies, to express a mood for the coming year. Paint color trends and the announcement of a "color of the year" are especially helpful for freeing up your creative process when you're stuck for new decorating ideas.
You can find color scheme ideas in color forecasts because they're often presented in collections with coordinating color ideas. The secret to using color forecasts for choosing paint color palettes is to look at the entire palette that is being forecast to get a sense of the mood the paint company is trying to express. The colors that work well in your home may not be exactly the same as the Color of the Year, but you can use that color as a starting point to finding the right one.
Benjamin Moore Shadow
Dark and dramatic, Benjamin Moore's Shadow is a bold choice for the 2017 Color of the Year. Rich colors like purple and dark blue are no longer considering only for formal dining rooms. Decorating trends have brought deep and moody colors like Shadow into living rooms, bedrooms, and even bathrooms. The versatility of dark colors may be what your home needs if you'd like to create a soothing space and are tired of neutral colors. Deep colors look beautiful paired with the latest finishes like brushed gold and black stainless steel.
Sherwin-Williams Poised Taupe
Though Sherwin-Williams Poised Taupe may look like another gorgeous neutral color, it actually has a slight violet undertone that makes it more formal than other neutral colors. Taupe is a cool neutral that can pair beautifully with warm colors like dark brown and gold. The secret to using any taupe is sampling it on your walls before committing. Taupe is gorgeous and dramatic in any space, but the undertones can be tricky. A living room with soaring ceilings and white trim is the perfect spot for Sherwin-Williams Poised Taupe. A bedroom is another beautiful option for this soft color, especially with luxurious bedding and lots of white accents. Poised Taupe is perfect for a formal dining room in a space that lacks natural light, but you'd like to add color and drama without making the room look small.
Byzantine Blue, Glidden's 2017 Color of the Year, is another soothing blue paint color that can work in any room. Accent Byzantine Blue with black and white for a contemporary style. This relaxing blue has a touch of violet undertone that gives it an unexpected glow that would be dramatic in your dining room or foyer. The violet in Byzantine Blue makes it a great color to pair with gray, unlike many blue paint colors that can become bright when set against cool neutral colors.
Though Byzantine Blue is stunning for any room in your home, this can also be a gorgeous exterior paint color, or for your front door. Black shutters and white trim with Byzantine Blue can create amazing curb appeal for your home.
Purple and lavender paint colors have emerged as new options for decorating. The new purple shades are light and very versatile thanks to their muted undertones. Olympic Paints Cloudberry can be used in place of any cool neutral if you're craving more color than the many gray paint colors that are popular right now. To use Cloudberry right, you'll want to avoid treating it like a lavender or other sweet pastel. Pair this comfortable color with accents like cream, charcoal gray, and evengold. You'll want to avoid using pastel accent colors in your palette if you'd like to create a more sophisticated space with Cloudberry. You aren't limited to bedrooms or bathrooms with Cloudberry, the right furniture and decor can make it a perfect choice for a living room.
Honey Glow, Dunn-Edwards 2017 Color of the Year, is an absolutely gorgeous gold paint color. Gold paint can be a difficult thing to choose because it can overwhelm a room if you get the undertone wrong, or choose a too-bright shade. Honey Glow is a rare gold color that is muted just enough to be very versatile, and an attractive undertone that is neither too orange or too green.
A Mid-Century Modern room would be a beautiful space for Honey Glow, as it has a slightly vintage vibe. You can pair Honey Glow with subtle accents like charcoal or flannel gray for a contemporary or retro living room. Try warm white trim colors for a rich gold paint color to enhance the warmth of your space.
Valspar's 2017 Color of the Year, Crushed Oregano is a bold choice in a year of muted and neutral paint colors. Crushed Oregano is a warm green with a lot of yellow undertone which makes it an excellent choice for kitchens or any room where you'd like to add energy and light. Keep your accents simple with Crushed Oregano with colors like white, brown, and gold. Cool colors like a soft turquoise or pink can add some softness to tone down Crushed Oregano in a living room or guest room. You'll want to sample this energetic green paint color before committing to be sure that it's right for your space. If you find that it's too strong for your room, try using Crushed Oregano as an accent instead. White kitchen cabinet backs painted in a bold color can be a stylish and unexpected design idea.