Color Trends: How They Affect You & I
Color trends color our World. Whether we are consciously aware of them or not, a walk down the aisle of any trendy home decor boutique or big box store will envelope you with the latest trends in color.
Why does this matter to you and I? As a reader of Your Life in Full Color, I imagine you enjoy updating the interior of your home. Knowing the current trend colors will clue you in to what home decor you’ll be able to update your space with.
Color Trends: What’s In – Black
There are it girls, and it colors, and BLACK IS IT. Whether you use it to paint interior windows, doors, walls, or a ceiling, this color is enjoying time in the spotlight.
While black may sound outrageously bold, these photos show that it doesn’t have to be. Notice how soft the black wall of this breakfast nook looks. And, if you’re worried about the fact that black absorbs light, interject plenty of white along with it.
For a room that has interesting architectural moldings like wainscoting or a crown molding, black punctuates these features to take your space to the next level. And, take note of how interesting a room with multi-pane windows becomes when painted black.
Color Trends: What’s Out – Gray
While you may still be seeing (think new construction spec homes) or even living with the dwindling effects of this trend, rest assured that it’s at the top of the what’s out list.
It’s true. Some may still describe this color trend as sophisticated, but it’s much more likely that you’ll hear those living with it say that it’s cold, somber, and not very inviting.
In fact, that’s why Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter became such a sensation. With its warm green undertones Revere Pewter was light enough not to feel heavy, dark, or dreary, and warm enough not to read like a steely gray on the wall.
What, or who, is ushering gray out of our homes? Think of who the most influential people in the architectural color world are, and you’ll have the answer. Interior Designers. Yes some grew weary of the color trend, but so many others are utilizing their creativity prowess to work with the entire color spectrum.
On a final note, even though gray is on the what’s out list, I’m not suggesting you rid yourself of it unless you truly want to. There are plenty of people who have loved gray for decades and are finally enjoying the chance to live with it. If you love gray, KEEP your gray. If you love your gray interior but would like to refresh it a bit, check out this article for a gorgeous color to pair it with.
Color Trends: What’s Here To Stay – Creamy Off White
What color is truly timeless and here to stay? Think of a color that transcends design trends, check. One that reflects natural and artificial light off the walls, check. And finally, a color that allows a room’s colorful furniture and accessories to take center stage, check. That color, my friends, is creamy off-white.
Creamy off-white works well in so many applications. Walls are the obvious choice, but it’s equally beautiful when used as a trim and door color. In using a creamy off-white paint on the walls, one would be hard pressed to assign a period of time as to when the room was last painted. Unlike the gray trend which began way back in 2010, creamy off-white does not date itself.
If you’re ready to try this classic color, my two favorite renditions are Benjamin Moore’s Linen White PM-28 and Mascarpone AF-20. Both beautiful, light filled colors, will look fresh and on point for years to come.
Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2018
Major paint companies reveal their pick for Color of the Year each fall, with some going so far as to add an entire collection of hues. You can read about Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2018, Caliente, here. Or if vibrant red isn’t your cup of tea, check out my post on the rest of the trend colors Benjamin Moore released to accompany Caliente.