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2014 Paint Colors | A Summary of the Top Paint Color Trends

Each new year brings with it new paint colors, allowing homeowners to freshen their interiors and exteriors to stay current with design and décor trends. Learn the inspiration behind the 2014 colors and more about the trends themselves from recent posts on our blog if you plan to update your home in the coming year.

2014 Paint Color Trends From Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams, and Behr

Benjamin Moore recently introduced its New Neutral Palette. It draws from color cues the leading paint company has noticed in the home furnishing, auto, and fashion industries. Lighter colors, or whispers of tints as it calls them, work in harmony with each other in the collection. There are 23 colors total, including Benjamin Moore’s color of the year, Fresh Air. Described as “a gorgeous, ethereal blue serving as a ‘new neutral’ that is livable and functional,” consider the color for an update of just about any room in your home in 2014.

Sherwin-Williams has selected Exclusive Plum as its color of the year. The sophisticated violet balances “cool blue and feisty red with a splash of gray.” The company recommends layering it with gold, gray, and white to create an elegant, dreamy space or with accents of copper and well-worn leather for a more masculine look. Sherwin-Williams’ Color Collection for 2014 features 38 colors, including  “feminine hues veiled in translucent simplicity,” “vivid colors that remind us of folkloric traditions and handcrafts” and “cool neutrals, the color of shadows and fog.”

Behr offers 20 new colors in 2014 in four trend themes:

  • Seaside Harmony — Fresh pastel Sky Blue and relaxing hue Ocean Liner evoke a beach retreat.
  • Urban Alternative — Earthy colors Boho, Hipsterification, and Coffee Bar give a modern loft an updated, chic look.
  • Grand Reign — Opulent hues Imperial Jewel and Minuet Rose draw inspiration from historic formal estates.
  • Natural Avocation — The found-in-nature New Shoot and Amaryllis bring the outdoors inside.

Behr shows the colors in two rooms each, providing plenty of inspiration for incorporating them into your home.

2014 Interior Paint Color Trends

As part of its new 2014 color collection, Sherwin-Williams declares grays the new black. 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.” Classic French Gray, Earl Gray, Agreeable Gray and Gauntlet Gray are among the offerings for interiors. In addition to touting Fresh Air for interiors, Benjamin Moore also recommends Flint and Van Deusen Blue as statement-making options. Behr also offers up its Orchid Kiss as a “great color for nearly all occasions.” Read more about 2014 Interior Paint Colors.

2014 Exterior Paint Color Trends

When presenting exterior color trends, the three leading paint companies show them on complementary architectural styles. Behr, for example, puts its Classy Clay palette of Squirrel and Ultra Pure White on a modern stucco home with a grand glass entrance. Sherwin-Williams pulls from its Northern Shores & Seaport palette for a shore house, coating it in Comfort Gray, with Alabaster on the trim and Rookwood Red on the door. And Benjamin Moore presents its Colorful Craftsman as exactly that thanks to Schooner, Chambourd, and Citrine. Read more about 2014 Exterior Paint Colors.

Color Inspiration for Your Living Room in 2014

Behr, Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore also show colors by room when introducing new hues. For the living room, they present them by mood so you can match the color to the atmosphere you would like to create. Benjamin Moore offers up a warm and cozy palette with Banana Cream, Horizon Gray and Calm. Sherwin-Williams presents Global Spice, setting a tone of world travel and adventure with earthy Stone Briar and Garden Sage. And Behr uses the soft hues of Cozy Cottage and Creek Bend to create a relaxed mood in the living room. Read more about Color Inspiration for your Living Room.

Color Schemes for Decorating Your Home

As you consider the 2014 trends in interior paint color, also keep in mind the way the colors on your walls and ceiling work with that of your furnishings and décor. On our Color Schemes for Decorating Your Home hub page, you will find helpful posts on how to tie paint colors and home décor together as well as how to use the 60/30/10 theory of interior design. We also delve into color meanings and theory. The posts on spicing up your interior accent trim and paint finishes are must-reads. We also tell you all you need to know about paint samples. Read more about Color Schemes for Decorating.

Color Trends from Behr, Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore





Benjamin Moore

If you need any additional information or guidance when interpreting the 2014 paint color trends for your home, our professional painters will be happy to provide it.

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