Color Trends for Spring – 2013

With summer almost finally here (those from the midwest know how treacherous it’s been this season), it’s time for garage sales, spring cleaning, planting bulbs, and fresh coats of paint. Here are some of the color trends, and some of my favorites, from this season.

Gray. Yes, Gray. Not a cool steel gray, but a tan-gray. Something that when the sun hits it just right it almost looks tan. Something neutral where you can decorate with almost any color combination. Pairs well with brick walls, wood floors, older homes, and newer alike.

Shades to try: Benjamin Moore “Revere Pewter” for a gray that goes with ANYTHING, or Benjamin Moore OC-140 “Morning Dew” for a light, almost off white hue, or Sherwin Williams SW7632 “Modern Gray” for a little more color.

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Sea Blue- I’ve been seeing this color a lot lately. It’s not a robin’s egg blue, it’s a lot more subtle, it has gray undertones to it (notice a theme?)

Shades to try: Benjamin Moore “Palladian Blue”, Sherwin Williams 6204 “Sea Salt” or Pratt and Lambert 25-27 “Chanteuse”.

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Peacock! The feathers, images of the bird, Halloween costumes, and the color have been trendy for the last few years. This color will bring an elegance to any space, and a cheerful whimsy to any dark corner. Pairs well with any wood floor, neutral carpeting, white woodwork, and bright fabric accents.

Shades to try: Hallman Lindsay’s 0688 “Cold North” (similar to photo below), Pratt and Lambert 22-11 “Reverie” for something bright and playful, or Sherwin Williams 6951 “Cote D’Azur” for a true peacock blue.

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White. Yes, white is a trendy color. It’s like saying water is a trendy drink, but hey, you can’t reinvent the wheel here. Don’t go for a crisp white though, try an off white, something antique or alabaster. You can pair ANYTHING with white, and in the right space, it won’t make your home look manufactured, but clean and crisp.

Shades to try: Sherwin Williams “Alabaster”, Benjamin Moore’s “Dove White” (said to be the best white ever) or Glidden “Parchment White” for something a little toned down.

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So this season’s theme is very neutral, almost Cape Cod or Hampton’s beach house-esque. I say if you want some more color though, go for it. It’s your space after all! I have a TON more ideas on my Pinterest page. Check it out! Happy Painting!


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