Gray Tones: One of the Top 2015 Paint Color Trends

Behr Gray TonesEarlier this year, paint industry experts chose four "It" colors for 2015. The standout hues were Blue Paisley from PPG Pittsburgh Paints, Coral Reef from Sherwin-Williams, Guilford Green from Benjamin Moore, and Seared Gray from Behr. While Blue Paisley took home top honors as the ProTect Painters 2015 Definitive Color of the Year, Seared Gray represented the current top trend: gray. Let's take a look at some of our favorite interpretations of this color from leading paint manufacturers as well as bold colors that will complement the hues.

Behr's Planetary Silver and Dark Pewter — The company pairs this light gray with a darker one to make an artistic statement in a hallway. The subtle contrast between the colors provides visual interest and complements both neutral furnishings and accessories as well as pops of color. Seared Gray, a much darker hue, would also work in this palette as either a third color or instead of Dark Pewter.

Sherwin Williams' Roycroft Mist Gray — Grays are found throughout the company's 2015 Color Forecast, but a subtle standout is this color, an almost taupe that complements any of the colors in the Chrysalis palette. In this bathroom, it serves as a neutral backdrop in a forest-inspired design.

PPG's Mostly Metal — The gray and black offerings from this company cover a wide spectrum of shades, with an almost black but still decidedly gray proving impressive. This hue would pair nicely with Winter Chill or Gray Glimpse, setting a neutral yet not interesting tone in just about any room in the house.

The 2015 trend just behind grays in popularity is the use of bold colors. Each of the above companies also has such standouts to offer.

Behr's Garden Swing — In this sitting room, the bright green, which falls somewhere in between mint and the color of rainforest leaves, turns walls into works of art. Neutral furnishings allow the color to remain the statement maker, with art and decor with similar and complementary hues tying the room together.

Sherwin Williams' Coral Reef — The company's 2015 Color of the Year is "the perfect mélange of pink, orange, and red that can be used to liven up any space," it says. You can relax the vivacious color by pairing with the trendy Sedate Gray or energize it further with the purple of Baroness.

PPG's Blue Paisley — In addition to being awarded ProTect Painters 2015 Definitive Color of the Year honors, PPG itself designated it as Color of the Year. "Selecting colors that signify a global eclecticism, such as Blue Paisley, aids in the translation of a homeowner's rich collection of experiences into equally rich home decor options," the company said. Mother of Pearl and Bone White in the provide a neutral contrast, while Curry Sauce complements and adds additional boldness.

2015 Definitive Color of the Year Badge v2As shown above with the Coral Reef and Sedate Gray pairing, these two trends will be seen working together throughout 2015. An easy way to use both in your home is to focus on complementary colors. If a gray is your top pick and will be the main color of a room, look at its undertones and select accent colors that complement on the color wheel. For a gray with green undertones, reds would be an option as the bold addition.

In addition to choosing the 2015 Definitive Color of the Year, the 15,000 interior design experts ProTect Painters surveyed had other advice for those of you looking to repaint your home's interior. They were in agreement that the best choice for a neutral color is the living room and that the dining room is your best option for a bold color. Consider this expert advice and let us know if you need further guidance on your painting project.

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