2014 Interior Paint Colors and Trends

Toward the end of each year, the major paint companies introduce new colors and palettes. These hues help to set design and décor trends for the coming year. Let's take a look at what Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore and Behr have to offer in 2014.

Sherwin-Williams 2014 Color Trends

Speaking of grays, Sherwin-Williams declares them the new black of 2014. It looked to science for inspiration, including the use of "geometry and 3D printing to create patterns and shapes in which shadows, negative space and tone on tone are as important as the structure itself."

In its Reasoned palette, the company introduces Classic French Gray, Tricorn Black, Extra White, Gauntlet Gray, Agreeable Gray, Crushed Ice, Earl Gray, and Peppercorn. The first three colors on this list would create a dramatic color scheme for a dining room in a contemporary home, while the softer Agreeable Gray would set a relaxed tone in a living or family room.

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year

Benjamin-Moore-Breath-of-Fresh-AirThis leading paint company introduces a "new" neutral for 2014, calling the palette "a reaction to all the color cues that we have noticed popping up in the home furnishing industry… textiles, carpets, wallpapers, tabletops and pottery, as well as color schemes that emerge in landscape design, the auto industry, fashion, and graphics."

The new 23 colors include Breath of Fresh Air, which also serves as its color of the year. It suggests pairing the barely there blue with Flint for a sophisticated, understated statement, or with Van Deusen Blue for a stronger blue story. Either would work in a bedroom, with either serving as the perfect base for a nautical or beach theme.

Other standouts from the palette include the rosy pink of Fruit Shake, the bright Coral Essence and the dusty purple of Iced Mauve. Mt. Rainier Gray, White Dove and Castleton Mist all could work as base or trim colors.

With all of these color trends, the key to applying them to your home is personalization. Choose the colors that best represent the personality of those who will live with them on a daily basis. That might mean giving your teenage daughter an Orchid Kiss accent wall around which she can create the bedroom of her dreams. Or using a trio of grays from the Reasoned palette to set the tone for sophisticated dinner parties to come. And sea-faring dad might appreciate Van Deusen Blue in his study.

No matter which colors you choose for your 2014 painting project, know that they are classics, even though 2015 will bring with it many more hues.

Behr’s 2014 “It” Interior Color

Behr ArboretumThis leading paint company introduces 20 new colors and four design styles, drawing from history, hobbies, and the impact of nature. The last on that list inspired the Natural Avocation style, which expresses the world of science and nature with local and exotic flora and fauna motifs. Corresponding colors are Arboretum, Archivist, New Shoot, Sunday Afternoon, and Amaryllis.

The saturated blues and greens of Arboretum would create a deeply relaxing vibe in a study. The weathered maps, antique books, geological artifacts, plus bird, plant and insect illustrations, Behr recommends as design elements for the style would create a relaxing space worthy of a world explorer.

For a bright, feminine bedroom, consider the Behr equivalent of the recently announced 2014 "It" color: bright magenta. "Wilder than violet, flirtier than red but not as demure as pink, magenta is a great color for nearly all occasions," the company states. Behr calls its version of the color Orchid Kiss and recommends the saturated hue for an accent wall, with grays, blacks and metallics as complements to the bright color.

This post is a part of our 2014 Paint Colors and trends series.

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