NEW 2014 Paint Color Trends


An older post of mine discussed new paint colors. But the Merchandise Mart recently held its annual Design Show, featuring new trends, tips and styles for 2014. I was particularly interested in the new paint colors, as my clients are always interested to paint or repaint their homes in the latest hues.

Color of the Year 2014? A shade of blue called Breath of Fresh Air 806 from Benjamin Moore. And there are colors that inspire comfort and simplicity like Peach Parfait 2175-70, Coral Essence 2007-40, Lavender Mist 2070-60, Caribbean Teal 2123-50 and Black Satin 2131-10 among many more, that comprise a full spectrum palette.

Paint is one of the least expensive parts of home décor, compared to a sofa or dining table or carpet. But people agonize over the paint color much more. That’s because color can be a powerful force in a room or an entire home. Emotions are effected not only by the color but also by the finish – flat, matte, eggshell, semi gloss, high gloss, et cetera. Sheen is for both durability and aesthetics. For example, semi gloss heightens drama while matte absorbs light and brings calm, gloss adds visual focus.

A few tips about paint color from decorating professionals: Be conscious of the color and texture of furniture and objects you have in your space. Light colors can make a room look larger. If you have a light colored room and all your furniture is darker, you are putting contrast in a space, which will create confinement. When looking at a room color think about how it is framed within the other areas surrounding it. Take a step back and move through the space. Neutrals are calming. Reds are exciting. But remember that the look you desire to achieve is always the key.


About Karen Carpino

Karen Carpino is an interior designer and founder of Chicago-based Karen Carpino Design. A professionally registered interior designer with over 25 years of experience, Ms. Carpino's clientele includes both residential and commercial projects. She brings you techniques, trends and tips in “Style At Home.”