Try a New Paint for This New Year


Each year, multitudes await Pantone’s announcement of the color of the year. This color greatly influences what we’ll see in the rest of this year within numerous industries – fashion, interior design and even automobiles. For 2013, the color of the year is emerald, or Pantone 17-5641. While these color trends have less effect on your home, knowledge of them can inspire and update your decorating since paint is a great way to play with trends and invigorate your home’s color palette without committing to a major, irreversible change.
The Color of the Year
The Pantone Color Institute explains that this lush, vibrant shade of green offers connotations of growth, renewal and prosperity. Green has long been associated with regeneration and health, as it brings to mind verdant plant life, freshness and harmony. While some people might be initially turned off by the color when thinking of their home decorating, there are many ways to play with this trend subtly.
Green Decorating Ideas
Shades of moss, sea foam, lime and emerald are versatile, as they can be easily added to bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms. Mixing these natural and earthy tones with other neutrals will give a space a relaxed and harmonious feel. Brighter shades of green will add zest to rooms where you want people to feel energetic and vibrant.
When it comes to bright colors, it’s best to start small and first experiment with adding limited bursts of color and seeing how it makes you feel. You could start by painting a hutch or bookshelf in a bright hue, a noncommittal way to introduce a new color to your home. An accent wall is another great way to bring a pop of color to your home without overwhelming your design. Painting just one wall also helps create a focal point in a room. For instance, a cool, sea foam green wall will cause the others to recede, making a narrow space feel larger.
More Trends for 2013
According to Pantone, trends for 2013 extend beyond just color and will rely on a variety of interesting textures. Palettes of ocean blues and greens are given increased depth when complemented by natural items, such as wood, wicker or shell. Bring your new paint to life with decorative pieces that will accentuate the feeling you want a room to exude.
Update Your Home with Fresh Paint
A fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive and immediately rewarding home improvement that can reinvigorate your entire decorating scheme. The beginning of a new year is a great time to consider livening up your palette with pops of color that add energy and life to your home. While following every industry trend in home decorating isn’t necessary, understanding these colors can subtly inspire and update your design. For the best results and even color distribution, contact a professional painting company to guide you through the process.