There’s a bit of a consensus, plus a couple of interesting outliers, among paint companies’ top color picks.
Color-management company Pantone Color Institute recently announced its Color of the Year for 2017, a vibrant spring-green hue called Greenery. If you’re among those who find Greenery a bit too bright to be used in or on your home, take heed. Paint manufacturers have chimed in with their various selections for Color of the Year and, for the most part, it’s a much mellower bunch. Deep grayish blues and purples dominate, but some warm neutrals and bold yellows are also offered up.
It’s worth pointing out that homeowners are in no way expected to change the color scheme of their home with each passing color trend. Where these selections can be useful, however, is when there’s a particular color being touted that you really like. It becomes much easier to find furnishings and decorative accessories that coordinate with the favorite hue because it’s trending.
Shown here are the various 2017 paint colors of the year, from top to bottom: Shadow, from Benjamin Moore; Violet Verbena, from PPG Paints; Byzantine Blue, from Glidden; Cloudberry, from Olympic; Kettleman, from Kelly-Moore; Poised Taupe, from Sherwin-Williams; and Honey Glow, from Dunn-Edwards.
If Shadow is too shady for you, give PPG Paints’ Violet Verbena a look. It’s also a purple-gray hue but one that’s much lighter and brighter. It’s not a pastel but has a soft, soothing vibe nonetheless. I think it’s a terrific color for a bedroom or other space where a peaceful, easy feeling is desired.
Glidden’s pick, Byzantine Blue, is also a purple-gray, but this one has a bit more blue in it than the others. It has a neutral quality due to the heavy dose of gray it has, so it works well with lots of other hues in a home.
Olympic goes even lighter and wispier with its selection of Cloudberry. Again, the addition of gray here keeps it from going pastel, so it’s a nice choice in a bedroom, whether it’s a kid’s room or the master suite.
For those who prefer strict neutral hues, Kelly-Moore is offering Kettleman as its choice for 2017. It’s a dark gray that has a touch of warmth to it, perfect for those who find true gray too chilly. Like Shadow, it’s a rather dark color, so it needs to be used in small doses or paired with plenty of contrasting light hues.
Valspar has put forth a mix of neutrals and bolder hues with its 12 selections for 2017’s hottest hues. One of my favorites of its neutral offerings, Soft Silver Sage, is shown above.
Among Valspar’s bolder color choices, I love the warmth and vibrancy of Here Comes the Sun, shown on the walls above.
Your turn: See anything you like? Which color is your favorite? Tell us in the Comments.