Every year, there’s a trendy new color of the year released by Pantone and other painting companies. While most homeowners strive to achieve a timeless and classic look for their homes, others are more bold and daring, willing to be more adventurous in their room’s hues. After all, it’s just paint, easily replaceable and affordable to change to keep up with the trends and give a room a fresh new look. With that said, here are colors you can try for your interior and exterior painting during your summer renovation project.
Whether it’s the camouflage pattern or colors inspired by the wildlife of outdoors, it’s hard to go wrong with woodland shades. Made up of green and brown, woodland shades are very reminiscent of nature and what better way to escape the busy cities than by taking the outdoors of Mother Nature inside?
Green – Whether you’re aiming for something bright and playful or something deep and sultry, green can do both. Green is one of those versatile shades owing to the fact that it lies right in the middle of the color wheel with warm yellow on one side and a cool blue on the other.
Citrusy green colors like Lime and Chartreuse are great wake-me-up colors you can use for a home office. It’s also popular as a kitchen wall color against white cabinets or walnut wood cabinets. Darker greens on the other hand are more elegant and dramatic. Shades like hunter green and emerald green can be used in spaces like dining rooms or libraries. Deeper greens also make beautiful accents and details pop out like gold or copper hardware and marble floorings.
Brown – If green is versatile, then brown is perennial. It’s an earthy neutral that has dominated other shades for the longest time. Ask any painting company or designer and they’ll say it’s one of the safest colors to choose when everything else is “too bright,” “too light,” or “too dark.”
Khaki and beige, is the best shade to provide coolness and airiness to a room if white isn’t an option for you. Darker and richer browns like chocolate browns and espresso are delicious to look at and are great for kitchens and dining areas.
Get it with Gray
Gone are the days when gray used to be a drab color associated with dreary days. Just like black, it has evolved to be a more popular color among designers and homeowners alike. In fact, it has mostly taken the place of beige as the “it” neutral and is on par with black as being sophisticated, dramatic and stylish.
Light Gray – light gray colors are a good neutral color without looking too harsh if you’re not keen on going full gray on your walls. Painted on a well-lit area like a living room with plenty of sunlight, light gray looks like silver which just looks calming and serene.
Yellow and Gray – Yellow may seem to bright for many people but there’s just something about the pairing of yellow and gray that make the two shades look like it’s meant to be paired with each other. For those who think gray is a dull color, mustard and lemon yellow are bright and happy shades that offset the gloom of gray.
Dark Grays – Deeper and darker grays are very calming and are good wall colors for bedrooms. It’s also gender neutral and versatile for a child’s room or a nursery that can be adorned with green and blue accents or pink for a feminine touch. Charcoal gray and slate gray are dark neutral colors won’t always go well with natural and organic elements but if played right, maple and walnut furniture go well with it.
A pastel palette is not just limited to children’s rooms or Easter Egg designs. Pastel colors are for those who are torn in between staying loyal to white or being bold with color. It’s subtle and calming without completely taking away color from a room.
Black and Pastel – If you’re drawn to the simplicity of pastel but find it too saccharine for your taste, add a touch of black through accents, accessories, fixtures and furnishings. In a kitchen, trade in those white appliances for black ones instead to pair with a pastel blue counter. Black also offsets florals and pastels avoiding a sickly sweet look.
Pastel and Neon – Neon colors might be the last thing on your mind when deciding on a color scheme but if you’re looking to a add a bit of whimsy in your space, this is a subtle way of doing it. A soft blush wall can be accented with hot pink or add an element of surprise to a mint green wall with a pop of neon yellow accessory. With the right use of color and subtlety, this color combo is a fresh take on the old and new.
Whatever color you choose, it’s best to consult with a designer or a color expert so that they can include your existing furnishing in their evaluation. While paint is easy to change anytime you desire, it’s always better to stick with something you know you won’t mind looking at everyday throughout the years regardless of the trends that come and go.
Maria H. is very passionate about everything concerning home design and renovations. She is in a constant search of new ideas and trends of home interior and exterior innovative solutions.