When it comes to color, there are colors that are magazine pretty and the rooms look gorgeous then there are the colors that we actually put in our homes.
Benjamin Moore just chose Simply White for their Color Of The Year but honestly, how realistic is that to live with?
I posted comments on facebook when Simply White was released as Color of The Year by Benjamin Moore and the consensus was this.
The people who actually had white rooms in their home were:
- Career people
- Designers who needed to have that showy home
- or Artists who used this color in their art studio.
Where were the families with kids and pets? Cricket, cricket, cricket.
What does this tell me?
That young families with children and pets would NOT use or have an entirely white living room. It’s just not realistic. Is it pretty? Sure but keep in mind that our homes are dwellings in which to LIVE in and as we all know, dirty things happen when there are kids and pets around. Oh and not to mention the occasional football party. Would the Mrs. love having Mr’s friends over for the game in this living room? No.
So after all this white, this naturally brings me to color. What colors are we actually using in the home? Well for now, my clients are still gravitating to the blues, grays and don’t like green of any sort. That’s sad but I keep pushing the envelope and offer all kinds of beautiful color combinations but they just don’t have that comfort zone yet – which is fine. Someday they will.
So what colors are we really using in our homes? Well I think you know that, it’s the color palette that’s really close to the coastals with all the blues and grays that you can feast your eyes on. Are they pretty? Well of course they are but so. over. done. already. BUT – they will NEVER go away, well maybe eventually but not anytime soon.
Color palettes for most paint companies have already been chosen. These were my pics for 2016 which many you see in the Sherwin Williams Color Forecast for 2016. Came really, really close!
Meanwhile, I’m going hot and heavy with color and for 2017, it’s going to be this. I don’t want to see blue or gray in any way, shape or form. The bluest I would like to see is this pretty color by Benjamin Moore and it’s Antiqued Aqua.
Here’s how you can use these colors. Oh and by the way, the last element I added to this graphic was the Color Stories logo – see it on the bottom right? Look at the color of the books? Almost the same colors I have just chosen here. Quiet the coincidence don’t you think?
What’s really great about this color palette is that you can take any two of these colors and put them together for a great look.
- How about Tomato Tango and Ice Milk for the kitchen? Oddly, both food related colors.
- Terrazzo Brown and Ice Milk for a Master Bedroom.
- Antiqued Aqua and Sunglow for the Family Room.
- The list and go on and on and on.
The point of this post is to start using COLOR in the home. No more blue. No more gray. No more white. Will everyone agree with this color palette? Of course not. But that is with any color palette you show, there will be people who love it and people who don’t.
So, in closing, how about we have “Color PALETTE of The Year” instead of just one color?