It’s that time of year when I look at all the *paint colors that were popular in 2012 and look forward to seeing some new hues for 2013. Here’s a recap of some colors I’ve used in the South Charlotte area in 2012.
Blue. We all know that blue will still be the #1 color choice. From Quiet Moments to Stratford Blue, these two blues were wildly popular. Slate blue was also very popular and I’m sure it’ll remain big for 2013. I’m ready to lay Quiet Moments and Gray Wisp to rest for 2013 and look at other blue options. Navy even popped its head up several times. Once used to repaint a wall unit, several bathrooms and an office. That was a nice surprise that people weren’t afraid of dark color however, one client did ask if it will make his office look darker. My reply was yes but with Manchester Tan on the walls, it’ll be just fine!
Green. For while there, sage greens were very popular. Greens with a yellow undertone yet far enough away from the gross “Pea Green” that really nobody likes. Dune Grass seemed to be a very popular green with Sweet Daphne as a close runner-up. After that, green really didn’t get too far.
Gold. Now this was a nice surprise! I always loved gold but it’s a hard sell to clients because it brings back memories of the 70’s and all the really bad look associated with that time. I can see that but with any color, you have to pick the right hue and pair it up with some newer colors to just revamp the look. Westminster Gold and Barley were enormous this year. I threw these colors out to my clients waiting for reactions and they immediately loved them. I paired these golds up with blue and that made for some handsome color palettes.
Gray. Well, just yes. Too many here to mention. I used mostly the warm grays to light but steered clear of those cool battle ship grays.
Red. The predicted Fall color (more so burgundy) for 2013 – zip, nada, nothing, zero. Not a very “hot” color at all not even in the dining room :-) I did use Mulberry once which was awesome.
Beige. Now this was the most wonderful surprise of all! Most of my clients were screaming to get the beige out of their homes! You got it and with pleasure. Nuff said.
Orange. Now this is funny. I’ve had a good number of clients say that they have the “Dreaded Orange Kitchen” and how can I make it go way? I absolutely LOVE when my clients quote my blogs. That’s good! Back to orange. Used sparingly in playrooms and taken out of the kitchens.
Black. I used it on the lower half of a dining room and a bathroom ceiling – that was it and I’m fine with that.
Purple. Larger than expected. More so in the beginning of the year which perhaps were remnants from last year. Purple was the number one choice for the Master Bedroom. Magic Potion loves the Master.
Yellow. No. I think the Southern light is just too bright for this hue. Barley, which is not even a yellow, is as close as we got to the sun.
What paint colors do I think will be hot for 2013?
- Slate blue
- Teal (green side)
- Light gray
- Light, very pale blue for ceilings
What paint colors do I thing will be out for 2013?
- Yellow Green
- Mint Green