21 December 2006


Interior Design: Most Popular Paint Colors

What is the most popular paint color today? Believe it or not -- it's still white! Don't get me wrong... it's makes perfect sense. White goes with everything. It's such a reflective color that it can really spread light around the room. And it can make a room seem larger than it is. Of course, many people can be so tired of white because they've spent any number of years stuck in a white apartment. Too much white tends to have a very uncomfortable feel to it - almost like a sterile hospital room.

White paint can be perfect for a room with lots of color in it. A darker shade of wood on the mantle, decorative and dark furniture, and colorful large paintings can really "pop" on a white wall.

But more and more, people are choosing alternative colors for their living rooms, bedroom, dining rooms, and kitchens. Of course, when some consider their paint options, they can go overboard with it. While it may have seemed like a good idea at the time, a bright fuchsia or pink wall color in the kitchen can get quite old after a while. And it certainly won't help at resale time.

But light shades of brown, blue, and yellow are still very popular. The faux painting trend has started to fade, as has the fad of multiple colors on an interior wall. But yellows are very popular in kitchens and bathrooms. Multiple shades of blue are favored in master bedrooms and boys' bedrooms. Pink and purple are favored in girls' bedrooms but they're trending more toward multiple and brighter colors as well. For the past five years or so, red was very popular in living, dining rooms and even kitchens.

When deciding on the interior paint color, the room itself is very important in the choice. Consider the size of the room as well as the available light. A small room will feel that much smaller with a dark color. Same with a room that has little natural light - a dark color could make the room smaller and feel more oppressive. On the other side, a very large room with a white or cream or light yellow could be perceived to be too large or undefined and unstructured.
Painting Trends:

  • Contrasting can be a great painting option. If you want a dark color in a particular room, you can paint the walls in the dark shade and to really highlight the color, you could paint the trim and ceiling a white, off-white, or comparable light version of the dark color.

  • Darker browns have been replaced by burgundies and browns with a healthy dose of scarlet tinting.

  • Pinks are not as popular now and are being replaced by light peach or salmon colors.

  • Eggplant purples are hot now, but the shade must really work for the room or it can look very cheap and gaudy.

  • Mustard yellow was previously popular, but the color has shifted to more of an amber or a brighter gold shade.

  • The yellow-ish light green color has gone darker in shade, heading toward an olive and even a muted grass-colored green. These greends look great with a blue-tinted pure white color on the trim, baseboards, and crown moulding.
Keep in mind that paint color trends are rarely stable, long-lasting things. The hot color of 2003 is now dated and wornout by now. Paint color is a very personal choice. And the colors of paint are easily dictated by the style of the house, the size of the room, the color choices in homes throughout the neighborhood, and more.

Whatever paint colors you have in mind - don't buy your paint on your first trip! Take the largest sample sizes you can find home to your room. View that color in the light. If possible, get a small sample of the paint -- paint the room wall to see how it looks when it dries. And if you have a large room, make sure you mix all the paint together into larger buckets to make sure the paint is well mixed in case there are color variations.

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