After keeping a close eye on the color & design world’s best trend forecasting, and focusing my own personal sense, here are 6 paint trends I feel will be most influential in 2013.
For the enthusiastic, resolute 2013ers, ready to create exciting new dwellings (starting with paint), this list is for you.
1. The New Neutrals- white & light shades of tan. White walls are back in a major way. A perfect place for the eye to rest amongst colorful & unexpected, globally inspired accessories that take us waaaay outside matchy-matchy. Also, tan is back. Quiet, light shades ranging from linen to pale gold. Gray undertones and (lots) of yellow undertones. p.s. Don’t worry gray lovers, it’s still around, just has more competition this year.
2. Trim- trim and walls in the same color. I have seen a range of interpretations, for example, everything (including doors) in the same color except for white crown molding. Although this is not my natural inclination, I have to admit, it has some very unique advantages. Washing an entire room in one shade gives you a fluid, modern backdrop that contrasting trim, etc. doesn’t provide quite as effortlessly.
3. Green. Green is so livable, most of my clients love it. We usually see shades from lime to sage in the home, but this year 2 more considerations are gaining momentum. Mint & Emerald. Pantone names Emerald, color of the year. I do not think these work in excess, but a touch here and there looks hip and fresh. Mint is so retro, we continue to replicate styles from the 20’s to 60’s, with a modern twist.
4. Blue. We are no strangers to the blue/green/gray wall shade that has been popular for almost a decade. But we haven’t seen that much blue in terms of medium shades, washed navy, and everything in between. Think of the range of blue in a peacock’s feather- now tone down the vibrancy just a touch, and there you have it. Again, as in the case of mint & emerald, a little goes a long way. See the chair? Perfect.
5. The New Accent Wall. We have seen color blocking come to light in fashion, design, and interiors. The new accent wall is more color block than sprawling 90’s chocolate brown wall (I had one too). Fruity and fun, it’s a lighthearted sidenote versus the room’s main focal point. It works best in a clean-lined contemporary space with white or light walls. It can even be a painted piece of furniture instead of wall space.
6. Unconventional Color Pairings. This year we see design moguls and homeowners pushing through the old standards for what appropriately goes together color-wise. Almost anything goes, but the key is BALANCE. And balance is an art in itself, right? If you happen to love experimenting, do delight in throwing odd combinations together, just temper things with quiet neutrals so it looks artful instead of ummmm, “eclectic”. ha
Readers, I am very excited about all of this, I hope you are too. Let me know if I can assist!
(thank you Pinterest, Benjamin Moore Nuance, Pinterest, addicted2decorating.com, BHG, BHG, House to Home UK, decor8blog.com, and House to Home UK for the images)