The arrival of 2014 brought with it new palettes from paint companies. They range from muted shades to bold hues, with each collection featuring only complementary colors. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites so far from industry leaders: Behr, Sherwin-Williams, Glidden and Benjamin Moore.
Behr 2014 Paint Color Combinations
Whether you want to create a tranquil setting or make a grand statement, Behr offers options. Here are two standout color combinations:
Seaside Harmony — Pulling from the colors of the coastline, the palette in this dining room example uses the cool aqua blue of Ocean Liner as the main wall color, with Miami Peach providing contrast on the ceiling and the warm off-white Miami Weiss adorning the trim. The color scheme works in just about any room in the house, looking best when paired with tarnished metal, waxed wood and cotton knit decorative elements.
Grand Reign — This palette complements a stately home decorated in the traditional style. The study example uses the luxurious burgundy of Imperial Jewel on the upper portion of the walls, giving way to the creamy white of Grand Soiree at the trim, ceiling and windows, with the dark gold of Coronation below. A room in these colors makes a dramatic statement.
Sherwin-Williams 2014 Paint Color Combinations
The 2014 HGTV Dream Home shows off the company’s ability to create colors that balance comfort, practicality and style. The wall of windows in the family media room shown serves as a work of art, with the grey khaki of Dovetail providing a neutral backdrop. Barcelona Beige, White Duck, Black Fox, and Snowbound are other neutrals in the color scheme, with pops of color provided by Bamboo Shoot and the dusky blue of Distance.
Glidden 2014 Paint Color Combinations
This paint company presents its color schemes in a variety of ways, with “by theme” as one of the options.
Celebrate the Move — These bold hues make a new house feel like a new home. Deep Amethyst with Honey Beige and Silver Birch creates this bedroom fit for a queen, while Onyx Black, Spiced Gingerbread and Clay Bisque turn the living room into a modern, striking space. Sugared Lime, Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Iced Purple in the dining room create a bright, fresh mood for breakfast on through to dinner.
Man Cave Colors — The masculine colors in this collection will put his stamp on a special room. Walnut Bark suits this pool room nicely as a statement wall, complementing both the dark wood floors and the lighter Stone White on the wood paneling.
Benjamin Moore 2014 Paint Color Combinations
More than 30 colors make up this company’s “New” Neutral color palette. In this stairwell example, the blue of Breath of Fresh Air covers the walls, complementing the Van Alen Green on the risers and creating a distinctive look with an attention to detail not typically paid to this area of the home.
In addition to working well together within a room, this collection allows for visual ease of transition between rooms. In the Florida plantation house example, Palladian Blue in the living room flows into the White Dove of the stairwell, which gives way to the Van Dusen blue of the hallway and Distant Gray in the bedroom.
The same holds true for the Connecticut farmhouse shown, with its combination of Sparrow, Breath of Fresh Air, Clay Beige, White Dove and Flint.
Shopping color palettes as presented by the manufacturer take the guesswork out of choosing hue that work well together. If you simply must shop outside of a collection, be sure to bring your color wheel with your or ask the advice of your professional painter.
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While yellow and red will remain popular for the kitchen because of their ability to stimulate the appetite, each new year brings with it new color collections for this important gathering place in the home. Let’s take a look at the latest from leading paint companies, Behr, Sherwin-Williams, Glidden, and Benjamin Moore.
In its 2014 Urban Alternative palette, the company introduces earthbound and weathered colors. In this loft-style kitchen, the olive of Boho on the walls, the burnt orange of Hipsterfication on the lower cabinets and the grayed brown of Coffee Bar accents on cupboard doors, counter top and the island. The result: an updated industrial look that proves both flexible and functional.
Other 2014 color collections from Behr include Seaside Harmony, inspired by the colors of the coastline with sea glass greens, warm white beach sand, and the peaches and soft blues of the ocean sky at sunset. Grand Reign looks back to the late 19th and early 20th century for a stately and opulent palette that pulls from luscious jewel tones in ruby, topaz, sapphire and tourmaline. And Natural Avocation draws from the curiosities of science, with glittering bright colors reflective of the heavens and shadowy jungle green and baked earth brown feeling a little closer to home.
The 2014 Northern Roots palette from Benjamin Moore gets its inspiration from the wondrous beauty of a well-worn, wind-beaten farmhouse, with rich grays and taupes working alongside deep, complex neutrals. In this farmhouse-style kitchen, the lighter Stonington Gray provides a matte finish on the walls, with the satin of Iron Mountain giving the cabinets and other woodwork a deeper, darker weight.
These colors pull from the company’s overall trend for 2014: the “New” Neutral. The palette features a lighter touch, with only hints and whispers of color, shifting away from gray to tints of blues, greens, lavenders and pinks.
One of the current kitchen palettes from this paint company is Gentle Medley. These hues are delicate without being sweet, subdued without being shy and all thoroughly modern. In this light, airy kitchen, Chartreuse, covers the walls, with the mint of Supreme Green on the island making stand out from the rest of the kitchen. The melon of Chivalry Copper peeks through from the hallway, allowing for a pleasant transition between rooms.
The 2014 Intrinsic color palette from Sherwin-Williams also will find its way into kitchens, especially the bright Ablaze and Raucous Orange. Overall, the palette serves as a new appreciation of native peoples origins and crafts, with the handmade lace, embroidery, batik and other ethnic dyeing techniques lending an earthy, folkloric aesthetic to this new Bohemianism.
The paint company chose untraditional colors for one if its examples of how to execute 2014 colors. In this contemporary kitchen, the dark Bright Black Raspberry creates an accent wall and anchors the room, with the cool and refreshing green of Mint Shake keeping the room feeling light and airy on the others. The muted Cameo Stone on the island completes the room with a subtle earthiness.
Choosing Your Kitchen Paint Colors
Unless you plan to follow the latest trends each year, pick a color both fresh and a favorite. That way, you will be happy with it for several years to come and will get the most out of the expense and effort of the paint job. Try out the finalists before purchasing paint, either by hanging color cards in your kitchen or, better yet, by having your professional painter apply samples in the room. That way, you can best see how it reacts to your particular surfaces and to the varying amounts of light during the day and night.
This post is a part of our 2014 Paint Colors and trends series.
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As a home building material, wood offers natural color, texture and grain. Stain allows its beauty to shine through in varying degrees. It also proves easy to apply and resists peeling. Let’s take a look at some of the colors available in 2014 from leading paint companies.
For wood siding, Behr offers three types of stain in a total of 129 colors. Solid stains range from the rich Barn Red and Mountain Spruce to more subtle hues such as Light Lead and Navajo White. These opaque colors show the texture but mask the grain. Semi-transparent versions, which enhance the beauty of the wood while allowing some of the texture and grain to show, also are available. Behr offers nine transparent colors that allow even more texture and grain through, with Golden Honey and Chocolate standouts in the current stain line.
This paint company offers 72 stain colors total in solid and semi-transparent. In the brown family, hues such as Ember and Cabin Brown prove popular, as does the lighter Monterey Tan. The dusty pink of Rock Rose and the light gray of Driftwood paint a sophisticated picture on wood siding. The semi-transparent colors in the company’s stain line use the grain of the wood as an element in the final hue. Redwood and Yankee Barn will look lighter thanks to the varying shades, with the browns of Chestnut and Charwood showing darker grain throughout.
For the widest range of stain opacities, look to Benjamin Moore. It offers five: natural/translucent, transparent, semi-transparent, semi-solid and solid. The company’s solid stains are custom-tinted from its paint colors, providing a seemingly endless amount of choices. Even its 2014 color of the year, Breath of Fresh Air could be considered for an exterior stain, with the ethereal blue serving as an unexpected neutral in the neighborhood.
Among the 75 semi-solid and semi-transparent offerings are standouts such as Smoke Oyster and Vintage Wine, for those who like grays and purples, and Rosepine and Salamander please fans of green. Benjamin Moore’s natural/translucent and transparent stains come in six colors: natural, redwood, teak, cedar, mahogany and silver gray.
Choosing Stain Colors and Types
Many homeowners keep the architectural style and setting of their house in mind when choosing stain colors. For example, a semi-transparent green stain over cedar clapboards would create a rustic effect on a Craftsman in a wooded setting. And a solid gray stain on a coastal Colonial recreates the flat appearance of paint during that era but won’t turn chalky or peel thanks to the benefits of modern stains.
If staining over previously painted or stained wood, ask your professional painter to remove, prep and stain a small section of the exterior wood so you can see how it will look on your home. Choose a spot that gets the many different lights of the day.
When it comes to choosing between oil-based and water-based stains, also consult your professional painter. The type of wood you have and the weather in your area must be factored into this choice. A water-based acrylic, for example, will work best in an area that sees a lot of sunlight. A professional can also advise you on the best type to choose based on how often you want to maintain it.
Using Stain Selectively
Stain can also co-exist with exterior paint. Perhaps a front door has a distinctive grain that should be shown off with a less opaque stain instead of hidden by paint. The same goes for decks, porches and wooden fences. If staining multiple features of a home, stick with the same colors to achieve a uniform look, allowing paint colors on trim and other elements to create contrast.
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Choosing paint colors for bathrooms differs from doing so for other rooms in the home. The smaller size and connection to a bedroom, in many floor plans, should be factored into your decision. For example, you can choose a vibrant palette that would overwhelm another room for the master bath, but because of its location the colors also should complement those in the bedroom to maintain design flow.
Let’s take a look at some bathroom color options from leading paint companies:
In this master bathroom with a decidedly feminine feel, the paint company used various shades of purple to achieve a light, relaxed atmosphere. Grey Heather coats the upper portion of the walls, with the slightly lighter Lavender Cloud on the lower portion and the darker-than-both Antique Purple on the bathtub base, creating dimension in the room. Apricot White on the molding and cabinets help keep the space feeling fresh and clean, while black accents such as the chair and the soap holder balance the lightness of the room.
Soothing Repose — The paint colors in this master bathroom lean more toward the masculine. The hunter green of Royal Orchard coats the walls from top to bottom, with the khaki contrast of Fedora on the door and wooden rail running around the room providing the only break. Green proves a popular choice for bathrooms because of its calming effect, and this shade does exactly that, turning the room into a soothing sanctuary.
Starry Night — This color palette works for both him and her thanks to differing hues of blue. A nearly navy Regatta Bay covers the main wall, with Black Suede on the trim. The lighter, brighter Riverside Blue on the adjacent walls provides contrast, as do the yellow accessories and lighter cabinets and floors. Blue also proves a popular paint color for bathrooms because of its ability to bring down blood pressure and slow respiration and heart rate.
HGTV Dream Home 2014 — Neutral paint colors are also a popular option for bathrooms, allowing homeowners to create a new look by simply changing out linens and accessories. In this master bath, White Duck on the walls and Black Fox on the trim leave the responsibility of providing color in the room to the window treatments and artwork.
The designer of this showcase home took the same approach in its kid’s bathroom, using Snowbound on the walls and hanging a red-framed mirror and artwork to provide pops of color.
Strikingly Rich Red — This bathroom illustrates the idea that you can choose a bold, rich color for the smaller room that would not work in a larger one. The intense Caliente would not get the chance to overwhelm in a powder room such as this, simply because little time is spent there. Simply White on the ceiling and trim also help to soften the red paint’s power.
Sun-Kissed Orange — Another rich color for the walls of a small bathroom, this time the orange of August Morning. Again, the white of Opaline on the ceiling and trim provides balance in the room.
As mentioned above, keep adjacent rooms in mind when choosing paint colors for your bathroom. It does not matter as much with powder rooms and guest bathrooms not attached to a bedroom, but in the master it helps to hang color cards against existing bedroom walls to see how they look together. Your eyes will make the transition from room to room each several times a day, so you want it to be a smooth one. If you have any questions or concerns about your color choices, your professional painter can help.
The leading paint companies have introduced their new colors for 2014, with many presented as moods. By that, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams and Behr mean to help you choose the colors that best fit the mood you want to create in a room. Let’s take a look at some of the options they offer for living rooms.
Popular Colors From Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore created eight different design schemes for the living room in 2014, one to suit just about every décor style. They include:
Warm & Cozy — In this traditional living room, the predominant use of yellow creates an inviting atmosphere, one that welcomes family and friends to get comfortable and stay a while. Banana Cream covers the walls, offset with Horizon Gray as an accent stripe above the fireplace, which features Calm. The milky gray of Calm also covers the ceiling and sets off the wainscoting and trim.
Crisp & Contemporary — These colors sets a more glamorous mood in the living room. The neutral tan of Jute allows the deep, rich gray of Silhouette to pop as an accent wall. Accent colors such as Fashion Rose make the palette perfect for any urban loft or other contemporary home.
Bright & Bold — The bold green of Winchester Sage makes this living room a place for refreshment and revitalization. The creaminess of Citronee on the ceiling and Marscarpone at the trim add lightness, creating an atmosphere in which one can imagine enjoying coffee before heading out to the farmers market on a Sunday morning.
Create Color Harmony With Choices from Sherwin-Williams
Each year, Sherwin-Williams partners with HGTV to create home interiors that suit the various moods of its customers. There are currently eight, each of which uses palettes that allow for room-to-room harmony. Living room options include:
Rustic Refined — Those wanting to set a down-to-earth mood without sacrificing style will appreciate this collection of colors. Inspired by sunbaked adobe, Italian stucco and sandstone, this palette puts Cascade Green on the walls of a living room, offset by Creamy at the trim.
Global Spice — Earthy Stonebriar on the walls and neutral Garden Sage at the ceiling create the perfect backdrop for items collected during travels, creating a worldly vibe that welcomes all.
The Best Living Room Paint Colors From Behr
Behr also offers eight living room color palettes to inspire homeowners wanting a new look in 2014. They range from the warm neutrals of On the Prairie to the rich sophistication of Parisian Afternoon. Other standouts include:
Exquisite Hunter Green — Varying shades of Congo create an interesting hunter-green two-tone paint effect on an accent wall in this otherwise formal, traditional living room. The darker shade covers other walls in the room, with the lighter Sand Motif providing contrast and keeping the colors from overwhelming those who spend time there.
Soft-Hued Assortment — For a more relaxed mood, the colors of this palette deliver. The light yellow of Cozy Cottage and the almost-green gray of Creek Bend alternate on walls, set off by Frost at the trim and on architectural accents. The light, airy atmosphere these colors create appeals to many homeowners.
When deciding on a color palette to suit the mood of your home, keep in mind why certain colors help to create it. For example, green represents nature and health and brings about relaxation, perfect for setting a comfortable mood in a living room. The bolder choice of red stimulates conversation, which might be a good fit for those who welcome lively debate in that room. While you may like a color in general, you won’t know how it affects your mood until you live with it in a room. Ask your professional painter for advice before making a final decision.
This post is a part of our 2014 Paint Colors and trends series.
Just as new interior paint colors arrive this time each year, so do new exterior hues. If you plan to paint the outside of your home in 2014, look to the latest palettes from Behr, Sherwin-Williams, and Benjamin Moore.
Sherwin-Williams 2014 Top Exterior Paint Colors
Sherwin-Williams also pairs its new exterior paint colors with the appropriate regional and architectural styles. They span the U.S. entirely.
West Coast Victorian — The America’s Heritage collection pays tribute to great architectural styles in this country, from Craftsman to Victorian. In this lovely Victorian home, Renwick Rose Beige colors the body in its dusty hue, with the lighter Renwich Beige setting off the trim. Pewter Tankard and Polished Mahogany give the architectural details the attention they deserve, ensuring that passersby see the many wonderful touches.
Northern Shorehouse — This waterside home fits into its surroundings, but does not get lost in any way, thanks to these colors from the Northern Shores & Seaports palette. Comfort Gray serves as the base, quietly reflecting off the nearby water. Alabaster covers the finely detailed front of the home, with Rookwood Red allowing the door to stand out and draw in visitors.
Benjamin Moore Hot Color Trends
This leading paint company looks to enhance architectural styles and surroundings with its new exterior colors as well, choosing a few select homes to serve as inspiration.
Valley Craftsman — The Colorful Craftsman collection puts the quiet sage of Thicket on the body of this home with mountains as a backdrop, laying the foundation for the bolder Schooner, Chambourd, and Citrine as accents. The palette is complex but not busy, despite the many colors drawing attention.
California Spanish— As necessary with this architectural style, the colors of the Grand Spanish Villa palette incorporates the rich tones of the tile roof into the overall look, complementing it with the golden hue Rattan as the base and matching it with Rustique on the steps. The deep brown-gray of Silhouette emphasizes the doors and windows.
When considering regional and architectural style, as noted above, be sure to weigh each as equal factors in your decision. What suits a Tudor in Connecticut might not as well in Texas, and vice versa. Your professional painter can help steer you toward the right exterior paint colors for your specific address.
Popular Paint Colors for 2014 from Behr
This leading paint company presents a few of its new exterior colors by regional and architectural style. Considering style when choosing a color only makes sense, as it takes into account surrounding homes and landscapes. For example, paint your California Mission-style home a bold blue and expect it to stick out—and not in a good way. Let’s take a look at four styles and the colors Behr picked for them:
Northwest Modern — Classy Clay is the palette for this modern stucco home with a grand glass entrance. Brown with a touch of gray, Squirrel coats the exterior, with Ultra Pure White making the architectural features of doors and windows stand out.
Northeast Colonial — This stately Colonial puts forth its best feature: red brick. It uses Ultra Pure White only on the columns, trim and door. Understated is often best with brick mini-mansions such as this one.
Southwest Ranch — The Cheerful Celery color palette works well for this ranch-style home in the Southwest. The neutral green of Mountain Haze serves as the base, with the rich brown of Smokey Topaz on shutters and the front double doors. Ultra Pure White again makes door and window trim pop.
Southeast Modern — The sunny collection of Muted Custard colors suits this modern masterpiece within walking distance of the beach. The warm yellow of Cheerful Hue covers the exterior almost completely, with Cinnamon Brandy providing contrast at the door and Ultra Pure White at the trim.
This post is a part of our 2014 Paint Colors and trends series.
Toward the end of each year, the major paint companies introduce new colors and palettes. These hues help to set design and décor trends for the coming year. Let’s take a look at what Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore and Behr have to offer in 2014.
Sherwin-Williams 2014 Color Trends
Speaking of grays, Sherwin-Williams declares them the new black of 2014. It looked to science for inspiration, including the use of “geometry and 3D printing to create patterns and shapes in which shadows, negative space and tone on tone are as important as the structure itself.”
In its Reasoned palette, the company introduces Classic French Gray, Tricorn Black, Extra White, Gauntlet Gray, Agreeable Gray, Crushed Ice, Earl Gray, and Peppercorn. The first three colors on this list would create a dramatic color scheme for a dining room in a contemporary home, while the softer Agreeable Gray would set a relaxed tone in a living or family room.
Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year
This leading paint company introduces a “new” neutral for 2014, calling the palette “a reaction to all the color cues that we have noticed popping up in the home furnishing industry… textiles, carpets, wallpapers, tabletops and pottery, as well as color schemes that emerge in landscape design, the auto industry, fashion, and graphics.”
The new 23 colors include Breath of Fresh Air, which also serves as its color of the year. It suggests pairing the barely there blue with Flint for a sophisticated, understated statement, or with Van Deusen Blue for a stronger blue story. Either would work in a bedroom, with either serving as the perfect base for a nautical or beach theme.
Other standouts from the palette include the rosy pink of Fruit Shake, the bright Coral Essence and the dusty purple of Iced Mauve. Mt. Rainier Gray, White Dove and Castleton Mist all could work as base or trim colors.
With all of these color trends, the key to applying them to your home is personalization. Choose the colors that best represent the personality of those who will live with them on a daily basis. That might mean giving your teenage daughter an Orchid Kiss accent wall around which she can create the bedroom of her dreams. Or using a trio of grays from the Reasoned palette to set the tone for sophisticated dinner parties to come. And sea-faring dad might appreciate Van Deusen Blue in his study.
No matter which colors you choose for your 2014 painting project, know that they are classics, even though 2015 will bring with it many more hues.
Behr’s 2014 “It” Interior Color
This leading paint company introduces 20 new colors and four design styles, drawing from history, hobbies, and the impact of nature. The last on that list inspired the Natural Avocation style, which expresses the world of science and nature with local and exotic flora and fauna motifs. Corresponding colors are Arboretum, Archivist, New Shoot, Sunday Afternoon, and Amaryllis.
The saturated blues and greens of Arboretum would create a deeply relaxing vibe in a study. The weathered maps, antique books, geological artifacts, plus bird, plant and insect illustrations, Behr recommends as design elements for the style would create a relaxing space worthy of a world explorer.
For a bright, feminine bedroom, consider the Behr equivalent of the recently announced 2014 “It” color: bright magenta. “Wilder than violet, flirtier than red but not as demure as pink, magenta is a great color for nearly all occasions,” the company states. Behr calls its version of the color Orchid Kiss and recommends the saturated hue for an accent wall, with grays, blacks and metallics as complements to the bright color.
This post is a part of our 2014 Paint Colors and trends series.
If you love color, why limit yourself to just one when painting a room. Two-toned walls make a design statement. They also help you work around architectural challenges in your home.
Half and Half
Add visual interest to any room with the simplest of two-tone effects: the half and half. Simply divide the wall into two halves horizontally, then choose paint colors from the same color family. Pick out two shades of blue, green, pink or whichever color the occupant of the room likes best if a bedroom or study. Pull the colors into the décor, but add pops of contrasting hues to keep the room from taking on a monochromatic look. If using this effect in a dining room, consider adding decorative molding at the joining of the colors to create a more formal atmosphere.
Other Uses of Two-Tone Paint Palettes
If your home has high ceilings and you want certain rooms, such as a bedroom, to seem cozier and more intimate, use a two-tone effect. Just as above, choose two colors you like, then paint the ceiling in the lighter color but don’t stop there. Bring the ceiling color down to cover one-quarter of the wall. This visually shortens the height of the walls.
Add dramatic depth to doors by painting select panels a different, darker color. Again, stay in the same color family for best results and choose colors already represented in the room, either by furniture or accessories, to keep the design cohesive.
If you have a statement piece of art of furniture, give it a secondary frame with two-tone paint. Choose a paint color for your walls that complements the piece, but select another contrasting color for the wall on which it hangs or sits against. This will make the item even more of a focal point in the room.
Committing to one color proves difficult for many, much less two. If you have a hard time choosing colors for your home, use a color visualizer to confirm what they will look like before applying the first coat. Check out our Color Visualizers | Useful Online Tools & Apps for Paint Color Selection post, which points you toward helpful tools on the Behr, Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore websites.
Not only do these tools allow you to capture colors from wherever you like and match them to paint colors, they allow you to virtually apply the colors to a photo of the room. Check out an excellent use of such tools on the Crafting Chicks website.
A homeowner used the Sherwin-Williams color visualizer to see how her all-white kitchen would look with a little color, which would also reduce the appearance of the room floating. The visualizer allowed her to try out several colors directly from the company’s paint line before making a final choice. It also showed coordinating colors in case she wanted to incorporate them into the design scheme of the room.
A more low-tech tool (easily pulled out of a purse) is the fan deck.
The collection of paint colors from a particular company allows you to have them in your hands when looking for paint as well as when matching your choices to décor. Need new bedding for the master or pillows for the couch? Simply pull out your color deck and see what works and what doesn’t.
As with all painting projects, your professional painter can help you narrow your choices, including by applying samples to a wall in the room. It never hurts to live with colors for a week or so before committing to them for the life of a paint job.