Paint Color Combinations, Schemes and Ideas for 2013

One color for walls and another for ceiling and trim suits many homeowners. Others prefer to be a bit bolder. Leading paint companies Behr, Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore provide inspiration for more adventurous interior design on their websites. Let’s take a look at a few eye-catching color schemes from each.

Behr 2013 Paint Color Combinations

In its online galleries, Behr shows a variety of color combinations in room settings. Not only does this allow you to see the colors, but also interesting applications by design professionals. Color scheme standouts include:

Behr-Chic-SettingChic Setting - In this contemporary kitchen, the dusty pink of Delicate Bloom covers the walls, with a wide stripe of Radicchio serving as a visual-only wall divider. Polar Bear provides contrast on trim and doors. The result: a crisp, clean and decidedly feminine kitchen that would suit just about any single gal.

Hip Hacienda - In this bedroom with interesting architectural features, Wild Violet covers the majority of wall space, but Carnation Bouquet makes a surprising appearance on recesses and within window frames. The result: a bedroom fit for a young world traveler.

A Modern Definition - The dark gray of Simple Silhouette coats the walls of this modern living room, which creates a design focal point by framing the fireplace in the rich teal of Grand Rapids and a pop of Ultra Pure White. The result: a casual yet refined room in which the paint color scheme serves as the artwork.

Sherwin-Williams 2013 Paint Color Combinations

Sherwin-Williams sponsored the annual HGTV Dream Home again in 2013. Designers looked to the natural sea surroundings of its location on Kiawah Island, just off the coast of South Carolina on Kiawah Island, for inspiration. Dozens of colors decorate the home, with all rooms using color combinations suitable for their use. Standouts include:

sw-hgtvdh013-kids-bedroomKids Bedroom - In this room, designers choose Watery and Extra White to create horizontal stripes from floor to ceiling. Furniture features paint from the same palette and contributes to the overall look. The result: a whimsical kids room with a definite by-the-sea feel.

Powder Room - Designers also employed the horizontal-stripe application in one of the dream home’s bathrooms. Curio Gray covers the walls with Dancing Green breaking in with thin stripes and on the cabinetry. Extra White on the window and accents matches the fixtures of the room. The result: a continuation of the laid-back yet sophisticated aesthetic seen throughout the home.

Benjamin Moore 2013 Paint Color Combinations

In its 2013 color trends report, Benjamin Moore shows one room with two interpretations of the same palette. Two homeowners might both like the color palette but appreciate one application and not the other. Color combination standouts include:

B.Moore-ArtisanArtisan Living Room - This color palette includes Pittsfield Buff, Silhouette, Monterey White, Sea Haze and Satchel. In the second interpretation, designers choose to cover the walls in three different colors. The yellow of Pittsfield Bluff frames the wide windows, with the gray of Sea Haze serving as a bridge to the darker Silhouette highlighting the architectural details of the fireplace. The result: an inviting living space that goes from light to dark while remaining perfectly balanced.

New Traditional Bedroom - This color palette includes Dusty Mauve, Seapearl, Baja Dunes, Golden Straw and Evening Dove. In the second interpretation, designers created visual interest on the ceiling and left the walls all one color. The geometric pattern on the ceiling uses Baja Dune and Seapearl to provide an artistic complement to the romantic Dusty Mauve on the walls. The result: a fresh interpretation of classic elegance.

If these ideas inspire you to be bolder with your paint choices, but you would like additional direction, consult your professional painter early in the process for expert advice.

This post is a part of our 2013 Paint Colors and Trends Series.

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