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Interior Paint Colors: What’s Hot, What’s Not

Interior Paint Colors: What’s Hot, What’s Not

Short of a full-blown and expensive home renovation, what is the best way to refresh the interior of your home without going broke? Apply a new coat of paint, of course. But, not just any color mind you. Instead, there are some colors that are simply hot today with others that may not be so popular. Please read on for a look at a number of contemporary color choices for your walls.

1. Antique White — Shades of white are passe these days, right? Wrong. Off-white including antique white is a timeless color choice for bedrooms as it is muted and does nothing to overstimulate your senses. Antique white and similar variations are ideal wherever you want to encourage sleep — like in your bedroom.

2. Aqua or Seafoam — Some colors that are ideal for bedrooms include aqua or seafoam, and are now finding its way into bathrooms too. For a fresh and an upbeat look, aqua can be used on one wall to contrast off-white, providing a much desirable accent in a room that could stand some visual inspiration.

3. Shades of Gray — Like white, you really can’t go wrong with gray, unless your room lacks much natural light and therefore needs some pop to ward off a somber look. A darker or richer gray, such as Dutch Boy’s cathedral gray, can give your room a modern touch and works quite well with neutrals.

4. Light Blue — More muted blues can create an atmosphere of calm, without putting you to sleep. Some blues are much too energetic while lighter blues including Clear Blue Sky from Glidden can warm your heart. Lighter blues can look great in rooms where you want to create an openness, perhaps in a family room or even in a bathroom.

5. Maple or Light Brown — Earth tones are back and perhaps in ways that we never imagined before. A saddle-leather brown, as in Behr’s Maple Glaze, can look terrific serving as the back drop for a fireplace mantle or for accenting a hallway. Think, “Native American” textiles or Craftsman homes advises Erika Woelfel.

Color Considerations

Virtually any color you choose today is hot or at least it may be for you. There are various shades for green that can look fantastic in a kitchen and some people still like to paint one wall in a deep, dark red to make it stand out in a room dominated by whites, grays and even blacks. Benjamin Moore products a line of fiery sunset shades dominated by oranges, reds and other colors that look great in southwestern homes and in most kitchens everywhere.