Paint Trends for 2014

Posted by Anna Hill | Dec 27, 2013
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Whether you’re looking to spruce up a wall, a room, or set of rooms in your house, the latest paint color trends for 2014 can help you create a fresh look for your home that is both of-the-moment and timeless enough to anchor future furniture or accessory additions.

While accessories, furniture, and other goods that make a living space a true home have tended to remain neutral in color -- beige, browns, and off-whites seem to have been favored by designers as well as consumers for the last few years -- 2014’s on-trend paint colors run the gamut from spectacular brights (great for an accent wall or two) to lovely, complex neutrals that work just about anywhere (from the living room to the master bedroom). Here are the major paint trends for 2014, listed by color family:

Blue: One of the most calming colors in the rainbow will be everywhere in design this year, and there’s never been a better time to experiment with the many varieties of this beloved shade. For a touch of beach house glamour no matter the location of your abode, experiment with Behr’s teal-riffic Ocean Liner (greenish blue), Sky Blue (light baby blue), or Edgewater (murky, blue-tinged green). Benjamin Moore’s A Breath of Fresh Air, meanwhile, is a grayish, baby blue pastel shade that’s perfectly suited to just about any room in your home. For a darker -- but no less refined -- shade, look to the deep blue-blacks of Benjamin Moore’s Van Deusen Blue (dark blue-green with a bit of gray) or Farrow & Ball’s amazing Stiffkey Blue (muddy dark blue-gray).

Gray: Neutral enough to take a backseat to furniture and other accent pieces -- but strong enough to make an impression -- this year’s crop of grays aren’t limited to barely-there fog gray or dreary, one-note dark gray. From the earthy, brown-tinged hue of Farrow & Ball’s Brassica, to the delicate stone shades of Earl Grey and Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams, there’s a gray for every personality and design aesthetic! Plus, many brown-toned gray shades can work nicely with existing neutrals that may need a little pick-me-up; check out Benjamin Moore’s Wickham Gray (white-gray), Anew Gray (light taupe gray), and Crushed Ice (wheat-brown gray) by Sherwin Williams for colors that can be worked into your existing home décor scheme, instead of the other way around!

Bright colors: Bring a little color to your home with 2014’s eye-catching hues! While we don’t recommend painting your entire house with Pantone’s Color of the Year -- 2014’s hot color is a searing violet by the name of Radiant Orchid -- an accent wall isn’t out of the question. Cheery yellows and greens are in, too; check out Benjamin Moore’s Kilala Green (yellow-toned lime green) or Behr’s Sunday Afternoon (bright custard yellow) for a splash of color that’s sure to inspire.

Black and white basics: Because the true classics never really go out of style, black and whites are still “in” colors for 2014 and beyond. Benjamin Moore’s Distant Gray is, as its name implies, a classy white with just the barest touch of fog grey. To bring some dramatic contrast to any room, try out a striking variation on classic dark colors, such as Sealskin (browned gray) or Tricorn Black (gray-black) from Sherwin Williams.

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