Paint Color Trend Forecast – What’s “In”?

Much like predicting the weather, predicting paint color trends is difficult – but not impossible.

Collection of pantone colors

What will be popular in 2013?

The fashion world dictates what kind of clothing we “like”, what is “in”, and what is tacky. The media also contributes to overall thoughts and concepts through the colors they use and feature, especially on channels like the DIY Network and HGTV. In particular, thought-leading decorators and color consultants are used to help plan home improvement shows.

When all factors are considered, our goal is to answer this question:

What are the “in” colors for Fall 2012 and 2013?

Paint Suppliers Play Key Role

The experts at Sherwin-Williams tell us, “It’s no longer a process of elimination, it’s a process of combination. Opposites attract us like never before, exerting a magnetic pull on the spectrum.”

A nursery painted by LaffCo. PaintingSherwin-Williams decorators and consultants recommend using opposite color combinations like:

Another combination like Extra White (SW7006) with Dovetail (SW7018) works well, too. LaffCo. Painting recently painted something similar for a nursery (pictured).

On the other hand, Benjamin Moore unveiled its color trending selections in its annual Color Pulse 2013 Report.

Four basic ideas define Benjamin Moore’s trends: Flow, Cycle, Animate, and Connect.

  • Flow: Reinventing the past.
  • Cycle: Re-purposing elements through unusual color and materials pairings (ties in with Sherwin’s opposites approach).
  • Animate: Bold and dynamic colors.
  • Connect: Technology and organic materials together.

Based on these reports, opposite, innovative colors are trending for 2013.

Keep It Simple

Remember, colors are very subjective. When in doubt, keep it simple.

You can’t go wrong with neutral colors. To take advantage of the trends above, use neutral colors on your walls, then use opposites or bold colors either for an accent wall or with accent furnishings and decorations.

In Fall, always use Mother Nature for inspiration. Orange and yellow colors will look terrific in-season and will also cheer you up during Winter and bring happy thoughts come Summer.

Have fun with color – paint often by approaching one room at a time – and change frequently.

LaffCo. Painting recommends being aware of what’s trending, but be wary of changing trends. Like clothing, paint colors become dated quickly.

Ready to implement some of these trends today? Get a free quote from the experts at LaffCo. Painting today!