interiors & styling

Predicted Paint Colors for 2017

2017-predicted-paint-colors I like to predict interior trends for the year ahead, especially paint colors. If there’s one design element I feel confident in- it’s color theory. I really enjoy working with colors, mixing, and finding palettes that play well together. Click through to see which colors I’m leaning toward in 2017… see what’s in, what’s out, and even take away a few of my painting tips. 

The timing on this post couldn’t be better, as I’m finally at the stage of selecting paint colors for our new house (many of which I’m sharing are already on order).  This year, with our renovation, my goal is to push things a little further, and really strive for creativity. The one thing I dislike most about design on social media is the over saturation or overuse of certain trends. It’s a bummer when a pattern, piece of furniture, or color are plastered everywhere and they lose their uniqueness. Take the eames chairs for example. They’re everywhere. There are SO many replicas and everyone seems to own at least one (myself included), they’re just not as special anymore. I feel the same way about color.

A color (we’re looking at you, gray!) will get too trendy, too fast, and suddenly everything looks the same. If I’m attracted to a popular color, my goal is to use it in a new way, or experiment with a different tone or hue that feels less ordinary. Let’s use green as the example. I’ve always loved green tones… two or three years ago, I shared my dining room and mentioned that I use green as a neutral because I’m so attracted to it. Now, deep greens are replacing navy and are gaining rapid popularity. Suddenly, I don’t feel as attracted to it because it’s everywhere. Rather than sticking with the same hunter green, try pushing it towards a muddy pastel, desaturating it, or mixing a little black to deepen the tone. These will be better options when it comes to longevity.

If you’re also tired of the same old navy, white, and gray… hop on board and add some color with me! I’m breaking it down below…

2017-paint-color-forecasting Whites for Trim // I prefer a neutral, bright white paint when it comes to trim… not too cool, not too warm. This will allow for better versatility when it comes to paint colors and textiles. In semi-gloss, please.

Creamy Whites // I wholeheartedly believe this is the year to warm things up. Gone are the days of cold, stark white. Don’t get me wrong… I love a good minimal, modern, and clean space, but I think the trend will be to gravitate towards warmer whites that feel more welcoming and less clinical.

Soft Tones of Beige // Just like creamy whites above, warmer beige and greige tones are going to replace gray. Steer clear of cool grays and select their warmer counterparts instead. Gray is so overused, this is a solid and sophisticated alternative that literally goes with everything.

Dusty Blues // I am really feeling muddy pastel blue tones lately. I’m planning to use a few pops of this color throughout the house. Maybe I’ll paint a set of french doors or a piece of furniture, either way- I’m definitely into it.

Sage Greens // You already know how I feel about sage. This color was the star of the January moodboard. If you follow along on Instagram stories and Snapchat, you probably watched this color in action. I painted a vintage chest of drawers with this exact shade.

Hunter Greens // Yes, they’re super popular. The trick is to find a shade that isn’t the same medium to dark green tone that everyone and their mother is using. I’m feeling the extra dark hues with a little black added, or shades that have hints of deep blue or brown undertones.

Deep Hues of Blue // Navy has always been popular, but within the past few years, it’s become a real staple in the world of design. There will always be a place for it, but it’s another one of those colors that is overdone. Try finding shades that are super dark (almost black), or colors that have a green undertone. This will add depth and create a moody look- rather than appearing nautical.

Balanced Blacks // I love black paint! It’s bold and you have to really make up your mind if you’re going to do it… but hey, it’s just paint. People are finally catching on to this easy neutral. To use it in a different way, try painting something unexpected- like your trim, a ceiling, or even a pattern on the floor.

Rusty Neutrals // This is the wild card of 2017, and I’m feeling it! Blush pink tones are on their way out, and this rusty, desert underdog is on the way in. What do you guys think?

predicted-paint-colors-for-2017 As promised, I also wanted to share a few of my tried and true painting tips:

  • Stop using painters tape. I HATE painters tape… it never works and leaves a squiggly, uneven line. I’m always much happier when I free-hand with a nice brush. If you’re not sure how to do this… watch this video.
  • Stop painting first. People always ask how I compile a color palette for each room. It seems that everyone has trouble selecting paint colors because it feels sort of permanent and daunting. It’s actually pretty easy! Painting is always the last thing I do to a space (besides styling). I pull swatches from the textiles, furniture, or art. It’s always a great jumping off point when it comes to inspiration. Just because you’re moving in or a room is empty, doesn’t mean that painting has to happen immediately. Live in the space for awhile, see how the light interacts, find a couple objects that work well in the space and go from there.
  • Buy quality paint and supplies. This seems obvious, but until I started using nice paint, it used to take forever. I value my time and the way a project turns out. You can get by with only 1-2 coats if you buy the appropriate paint. There’s literally a paint for everything. Technology has come a long way… from self-leveling paints to organic and green paints, they’re safer and easier to use. Ask a professional which one is best for your project.
  • Know your finishes. It’s a given that different finishes should used in different areas of your home. Do a little research to see which finish is appropriate. Typically (most of the time) trim should be semi-gloss and walls should be flat, eggshell, or matte. The same goes for doors… semi or high-gloss is best and easiest to clean.

Alright, that’s pretty much a wrap on all things paint, 2017. Don’t freak out if you just repainted your house gray or that same shade of hunter green or navy (you know the ones)! They’re going to be around for awhile, but I’d rather take the path less traveled. What paint color trends are you guys into this year? It’s sort of exciting to paint a new house with a fresh coat… it feels like a very good, clean, and positive start to the year!

15 Comments

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    Leah Prevost
    January 11, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    My bedroom is painted Alabaster and my front door is Tricorn Black. I’m loving Stonecutter and Mount Etna!!! I’m usually drawn to the more masculine paint colors but I’ve been so drawn to the dusty pink and muted oranges!!! I need to paint something or somewhere in my house Trek tak! And I hate painters tape too. I agree investing in nice brushes and using good paint!!!

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      Sarah
      January 11, 2017 at 4:57 pm

      We’re totally on the same page, Leah! Great minds ;) xo

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      Gailt
      February 2, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Beautiful

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      Gail clarke
      February 2, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      Love your color choice,similar to mine

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    Margo
    January 11, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I just love your picks Sarah ! I am personally tired of grays ( although it is def. a timeless color) and will be painting it over with some soft whites/ possibly creams in my own place . I’m in love with dusty/ muddy colors ( my bedroom is greyed-out , muddy green ) but love those deep colors you have picked . Also feeling those rusty neutrals surprisingly . Can’t wait to see your place with fresh paint

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      Sarah
      January 11, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks, Margo!! I feel the same way about gray… I do like it and it is a timeless color, I just hate that it’s everywhere. I’m sure a little will end up in our new house regardless. ;) xo

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    georgia
    January 12, 2017 at 1:19 am

    You were way ahead of the trend with that green dining room… setting the trend even, perhaps? Probably! Color is so difficult for me. I know what my favorite hues are, but I’m so afraid to use them. When I have, I’ve been happy with it. I’m so itching to do something bold, though. How I wish I could get your ideas/expertise. I’m so looking forward to what your house colors will be. I know it will be unique… and probably, once again, trend-setting. Thank you for the tips. Even if I can’t figure out what I want, I can at least use your neutral color palette as a place to start. I’m shocked about the painter’s tape tip… I’ve always had good luck with it!

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      Sarah
      January 12, 2017 at 2:47 am

      That’s such a huge compliment!! Thank you, Georgia! You totally made my night. I’m going to encourage you to do what you love and be bold with your favorite hues. Remember, it’s just paint. Trust your instincts :) On a side note- maybe all this time I’ve been using painters tape wrong? Ha! I’ve never had much luck, but lots of my friends swear by it. xoxo

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    Ardith
    January 12, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    What a wonderful post, Sarah, and well done. I’m too am looking forward to seeing how you’ve incorporated such colors in your home.

    Meanwhile, I’ve been living with tones of brown and gray in my “French Industrial Lodge” style for going on three years now. I’d like to introduce creams and whites throughout to freshen things up.

    I hope you and Emmett are enjoying the journey of transforming your new house into a home for two very creative people. Cheers, Ardith

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      Sarah
      January 13, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      Thank you so much, Ardith! I really appreciate your comments. I love the sound of “French Industrial Lodge”. Thanks for the feedback on the survey, too! xo

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        Ardith
        January 14, 2017 at 5:35 pm

        You are most welcome, Sarah. Thanks to your style inspiration, I want to modernize and brighten our french country master bedroom. It will be a fun challenge, given I have to work around my husband’s mother’s antique bureaus (and the weird texture feature wall, courtesy of the prior owners). If you wish, you can see photos of our “FIL” on my pinboard at https://www.pinterest.com/aesthetix/my-french-industrial-lodge/

        Have a wonderful weekend, Ardith

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    David Pulido
    January 25, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Dunn and Edwards ,”Sandcastle” on walls, of course semi gloss in kitchen and bathrooms with pure white semi gloss on trims and flat on ceilings! I dig these colors and if tenant likes colors are light to change! But so far all have liked these colors and are a favorite!

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      Sarah
      January 25, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks, David! I’ll definitely have to check those out. Appreciate it!

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    Kathryn
    February 5, 2017 at 4:50 am

    Hi Sarah,

    This was a great post! Any suggestions for trim color for the rusty neutrals choices? I am stumped—thinking dark tones?

    Thanks!

    Kathryn

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      Sarah
      February 6, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      So glad you liked it Kathryn! The rusty neutrals would work well with dark trim (black would be gorgeous), as well as lighter trim. You really can’t go wrong with pure white. xo

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