Every January, the home improvement industry forecasts the most popular paint colors for the upcoming year. Although every company comes out with its own themes and palettes, their selections for colors of the year have a lot in common. Unlike past years with bold and super-saturated colors, this year, you will see many softer and serene hues found in nature. We picked five of the most popular paint color palettes in 2014 from Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Behr and Pantone.
Gray: Keep Calm and Paint On
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According to color psychology, gray creates a sense of calm and helps relieve stress. For those who see their homes as a private retreat, gray is an ideal color. Some may worry that gray walls will dull their spaces or that gray only goes with monotone color schemes. Wrong. In fact, gray is not simply a color in-between black and white. It can also come with different undertones — pink, blue or green — that make gray become the best backdrop to any furniture color. Therefore, we are not surprised when seeing these shades of grays dominate the list of 2014 trendiest colors.
Pastel: Living the Dream
Pastel colors don’t only exist in dreams. This year, both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams brought out a wide range of powdery hues to make everyone’s dream come to life (including men). A lot of men are reluctant to paint their living spaces with pastels due the stereotype that pastels are solely feminine. It’s time to get rid of the bias. Pastel colors like Van Alan Green (Benjamin Moore) and Fleur De Sel (Sherwin Williams) are also masculine hues. In addition, pastels’ soothing effects can add the perfect ambiance to any small room. If you are an urban bachelor, pastel colors are the new dress for your pad. See what it will cost with our painting and staining cost estimator.
Blue: Ocean Getaways
Blue has been on the hit list for several years. If you are looking for a safe bet that’s also popular, blue is a winner. However, there are a thousand tones of blue. Which one should you go for? According to Benjamin Moore, the blues of this year tend to be lighter and airier. Go with a Breath of Fresh Air from Benjamin Moore or Behr’s Ocean Liner and Sky Blue to give your space a bit of a “seaside” touch, making your home the best year-round getaway.
Neutrals: Down to Earth
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We all know that bright colors are eye-catching. However, if you’re planning to sell your home in the future, many real estate professionals will recommend painting your living room in neutrals to ensure that the walls can go with potential buyers’ furnishings. Given that fact, it’s easy to understand why CBS predicts that neutral colors will beat bright colors and continue to play a big part in home design. One thing to remember is that neutral colors are not limited to white and beige. These warm earthy tones by Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams and Behr can make your living room more inviting than plain white or beige.
Radiant Orchid: Think Out of the Box
Even though this year seems to be serene and muted, Pantone still chose a bold hue, Radiant Orchid, as its color of the year. Radiant Orchid, a harmony of fuchsia and purple with pink undertones, offers out-of-the-box thinkers an opportunity to design creative spaces. You might be surprised that Radiant Orchid can actually work well in a bedroom, living room or kitchen. Of course, we are not telling you to make a big commitment to this color — like painting all your walls purple. Instead, play it safe by painting just one wall with a splash of Radiant Orchid and pairing it with lots of neutral colors. If you can see your room in this color, but are not sure how to get it done, consider hiring a painter in your area.
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