The most popular question that your friends will ask while building your new home is, "What color are you going to paint it?" If you've ever built a house or repainted a room, you know that's not as easy to answer as it may seem. Color is much more than paint on a wall; it plays a pivotal role in your home's mood, ease of resale, and style.
Most people use neutral paint colors because they go with a wider range of furnishings, which in turn makes it more appealing to future buyers. Grey and beige are the most common neutral colors, while pewters and taupes find middle ground between the two. To prevent your home from becoming too neutral, add a touch of your own style through furniture, artwork, and textures.
One of the industry titans in paint and color is Sherwin-Williams. They select one color to rule them all each year. In the past, Sherwin-Williams regularly chose lively colors, but they've recently followed the consumer shift towards neutral. Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year for 2017 is Poised Taupe (SW 6039), which is a pleasant blend of brown and cool grey. There was a lot of intrigue about the choice Sue Wadden, the new director of color marketing, would make in her first year. On the "Today" show, Wadden said, “Neutrals are shifting. For five years everybody’s talking about gray – well, they’re warming up.” She suggests pairing Poised Taupe with cornflower, denim or indigo blue, and white.
Don't be afraid to use past Colors of the Year this year! Here are a few from years past along with some design tips from Sherwin-Williams.
Alabaster SW 7008 (2016)
Alabaster represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness. It provides an oasis of calmness, spirituality and ‘less is more’ visual relief. Alabaster is neither stark nor overly warm, but rather an understated and alluring white.
Coral Reef SW 6606 (2015)
Coral Reef embodies a cheerful approach to design that we’re seeing for the coming year. Its unexpected versatility brings life to a range of design aesthetics, whether traditional, vintage, cottage or contemporary.
Exclusive Plum SW 6263 (2014)
This dusky, filtered violet is refined without being stuffy, elegant yet easy, and layered with romantic potential.
Aloe SW 6464 (2013)
Aloe is highly adaptable, making it a perfect pick for everyday spaces such as a breezy sunroom or a well-dressed living room.