Paint Colors for 2014

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One of the first things a client asks an interior designer is, “What are the new paint colors?” Major paint companies have come out with their spin on color trends for 2014. Here’s a few standouts…

Pittsburgh Paints: Turning Leaf ATC-38. A trend seen in all markets from automotive to textiles is a pale, luminous yellow. Soft but with a real presence and an upbeat enlightened vibe. A feel-good color.

Glidden: Indigo Night GLV 21. This midnight blue, edging toward purple, is soothing, relaxing and so enveloping that you can get lost in it. Perfect for those times you want to escape, switch off and be quiet.

Benjamin Moore: Sea Haze 2137-50. Gray has been so popular and now we’re seeing complex grays with an undertone of color. This one has a hint of green. We’ve gone through a cleansing of the palette. People want quieter surroundings and just a pop of color, and gray works well with yellow, which is also trending.

Fine Paints of Europe: Rain Slicker HO1510. Tart yellow, sweetened with a few drops of orange. This is high-voltage designed for maximum impact. Think wet yellow rubber.

Farrow & Ball: Stiffkey Blue 281. Color goes in waves – neutrals, then saturated colors. Right now this dramatic blue is so dark it’s almost a neutral. It’s named after a beach in Norfolk where the mud is this extraordinary blue and it turns all the cockles and mussels this color. Use it with black or pale blue and other silvery, watery shades.

Valspar: Salmon Run 2002-6B. Pastels and pretty colors are coming to the foreground. This coral has the lightheartedness of pink but it’s more sophisticated with chalky-gray undertones. It’s warm, soft and feels very embracing.

Pratt & Lambert: Sunspot 11-10. This is sunny and rejuvenating, a golden yellow the color of a marigold. It feels wholesome and authentic, the kind of color that would bring new life to a room. It reflects the optimism we’re feeling.

Sherwin-Williams: Classic French Gray SW0077. We’re beiged out, and that’s driving the gray palette, which is going mainstream now. Gray is elegant, sophisticated and it works beautifully with natural materials like wood and linen.

Behr: Tropical Tide 520D-5. Blue has been a top mover and now greens are edging ahead and this color is a bridge between them – a beautiful turquoise blue that makes you feel as if you’re in a warm, sunny place. It’s like an instant getaway.

Pantone: Color Linden Green 15-0533. Green will continue top be important. We want to celebrate and preserve nature, and green is the first color we see every spring. It’s renewable and refreshing. There’s hope in green.


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.”