Do you have plans to paint the interior of your home in 2015? If so, then familiarize yourself with the paint color trends that will be followed across the country. We rounded up the color schemes destined for popularity from leading paint companies Behr, Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore, and Pittsburgh Paints.
The company presents 15 palettes for the coming year, including Deep Dreams. Shown in two bedrooms on the Behr website, the dark colors transform the space into “a dreamy, mythical landscape.” In the first, Essential Teal covers the walls, adding mystery and majesty. Seared Gray on the walls of the second bedroom serves as an elegant neutral.
On the lighter side, Behr shows Frosted Pastels in two bathrooms. The frosty pink of Secret Blush on walls has an airy, feminine appeal, and Dandelion Tea creates a lovely background against which brighter accessories and furniture can pop.
Nuanced Neutrals in two kitchen examples creates the “perfect marriage of function, color and contentment.” The dusty Blue Clay covers the walls in one, with the crisp Snap Pea Green as the dominant color in the other. Mocha Foam, Mulberry Wine, and Peach Preserve complete the color scheme.
Four palettes represent the paint company’s color forecast for 2015, among them Unrestrained and the “bold, ethnic-inspired colors to the Bohemian lifestyle.” In a living room example, Frank Blue and Nifty Turquoise cover accent walls, with Marshmallow providing contrast.
In Chrysalis, the earth and sky served as inspiration for an oasis. The bathroom shown uses Cotton White and Willow Tree, with Sticks & Stones and Roycroft Mist Gray also in the décor and paint color scheme.
The company has already announced its Color of the Year for 2015: Guilford Green. Ellen O’Neill, creative director for Benjamin Moore, describes it as “A neutral that’s natural. A silvery green that works with, well, everything.”
The color palette it comes from includes 22 new hues for 2015 within four collections. Guilford Green belongs to Ground Yourself in Green, which takes inspiration from “a citrus grove, a pot of lemon verbena, a sprig of silver sage.” The hue shows up in just about every room in the example house, from the entry way to the enclosed back porch.
In Tried, True & Utterly New, tradition carries on but with a twist. Old Claret provides a pop of sophisticated pink in a bathroom and adds warmth on the walls of a living room.
Blue Paisley takes home the Color of the Year title from this company. Described as “a lavish, almost-but-not-quite royal shade of blue,” it will “play a prominent role in home décor trends for the coming year as homeowners look to positively influence their lives and decisions with vibrant hues,” Pittsburgh Paints says.
It comes from the Co-Leidoscope trend palette, inspired by the taste of the exotic and luxury, global travel. The collection also includes Mother of Pearl, Bone White, and Curry Sauce.
The softer Good Life palette “emphasizes an earthen spirit and a respect for simplicity to uncover the maximum harmony between man-made and the natural environment.” Oatmeal, Burnt Red, Holland Tile, Malibu Dune, and Curlew create color scheme rich in soft reds, pinks and whites.
When following a paint color trend, be sure to choose hues that you will love for years to come in order to get the most from this home improvement investment. Also keep in mind current furnishings and décor as well as any changes you envision making during the lifetime of the paint job.
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Few paint colors intimidate homeowners like red does. Let’s take a fresh look at this bold hue to see if it might fit into your décor.
Where Does Red Paint Work?
This color family stimulates, which makes it an excellent choice for the kitchen and dining room, where you want appetites to increase and conversation to spark. It also can work in other areas of your home.
For example, if you use your living room as a family center or regularly entertain, a red accent wall provides stimulation but does not overwhelm. The same goes for the bedroom. Simply balance the strong color with neutrals on trim and other walls, and use muted lighting at night to allow your brain a break.
Red also suits smaller areas, including entryways and bathrooms. Just imagine the statement you make by greeting your guests with red walls.
The key to incorporating red into your color scheme is to choose the amount that works best for you. If you don’t see painting the walls or a room red, or even just one wall, considering adding it as an accent, such as to built-in bookshelf backs or stair risers.
Families of Red
You also must choose the right red for your comfort level and taste. Within the red color family are a wide range of hues. For example, one red might find inspiration from the rose, while another from the lighter azalea. The former would make an excellent color for the dining room, while the latter would suit a bedroom better. Reds veering more toward purple or more toward orange also set different tones. Choose the hues that draw you in while keeping the room in mind.
Red’s Complementary Colors
Blue, red, and yellow are the primary colors on a color wheel, with the secondary colors of green, orange and purple a result of mixing those colors. Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green and yellow-green come from mixing a primary and secondary color to create a tertiary color.
Knowing the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors helps you use color theory when choosing colors that best complement one another. A complementary color of blue, red or yellow is the color made by mixing the other two. That makes green the complementary color for red, with the two working together to create a brighter, more intense appearance. For a more subdued approach, use neutral colors to offset the intensity.
Popular Red Colors
Benjamin Moore offers the option to see colors by popularity on its website. Popular reds of the moment include the true Red, which resembles a tomato, as well as the perfectly named Boston Brick. Fruited Plains is a pinky hue, with Hodley Red almost a mauve. Spanish Red, Caliente, Dinner Party, Fox Run, Townsend Harbor Brown, and Frosted Rose round out the top 10 bestsellers.
Behr also shows its colors by popularity and family. Bestselling reds are California Poppy, Morocco Red, Awning Red, Antique Red, Wine Tasting, Spiced Wine, Cinamon Cherry, Forbidden Red, Dare Devil, Shangri La, Lipstick, Chili Pepper, Red Pepper, Classic Cherry, Rose Marquis, Farmhouse Red, Springtime Bloom, Bold Brick, Chipotle Paste, and Spring Nothing.
Each of these paint companies also suggest colors to complement the reds, helping you get their expert advice when creating a palette for your home. You can also ask your professional painter for guidance, and be sure to have him or her apply samples before moving forward with a color from this bold family. Because red is such a bold color family, you want to be sure before applying to an entire room.
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What does “modern” mean when it comes to interior design? Sleek furniture, minimalist décor, and a simple paint palette. Today’s modern colors go well beyond black, white, and gray, though those standbys still prove popular. Let’s take a look at modern paint colors standing out in 2014 from Behr, Sherwin-Williams, and Benjamin Moore.
Blacks, Whites, Grays and Beyond
Behr pairs the not-quite black of Beluga with Aqua Breeze and Cascade White in this living room to create a cool, neutral color scheme. The black also turns the stairs into a statement piece and ties together furnishings and floor covers.
The West Elm Collection from Sherwin-Williams features decidedly modern hues to match the store’s style. Tricorn Black and Incredible White represent their end of the spectrum, with Cityscape, Folkstone, Homburg Gray, and Monorail Silver sitting in between. The black, white, and any of the silvers would make a sleek trio.
Benjamin Moore presents one of its most modern palettes without the black, using New Hope Gray as the main color and Lancaster Whitewash on the trim. The deep lavender, almost gray of Tempest adorns bookshelf inserts.
When creating a color scheme using black, white and gray, be sure to offset darker colors with light. The previously mentioned Behr room uses lighter paint colors on the walls and trim to keep the black leather furniture from weighing the room down. Also continue the coolness of a palette through to all hardware finishes and metal décor, opting for brushed nickel and the like.
Big Bold Colors
Behr recommends using a bold color as an accent wall within a modern room. In this bathroom, it paints one wall in Academy Purple to make a stylish statement. Gobi Desert coves the others, with Thick Chocolate as an inset color around the mirrors. Additional décor in the room picks up on the deep eggplant.
In its Artistically Bright palette, Sherwin-Williams offers intense colors such as the teal of Gulfstream and the fire of Ablaze. Gold Crest and Juneberry also will make a modern statement. Even the Bohemian Black and Extra White would have a strong presence in such a palette.
Benjamin Moore uses a bold color on the ceiling in this masterfully modern living room. With Midnight Navy up high, Pale Avocado covers the walls to keep the room light. Both colors show up in décor and furnishings.
If you have never gone beyond simple neutrals before, use paint swatches to fall for bolder colors over the course of a few days as opposed to realizing that you don’t love them after the fact.
Tips for Creating a Modern Room
When pulling together a room with modern décor, keep minimalism and symmetry in mind. Do not over-decorate, and be sure that items of all sizes are in balance, whether that be through furniture placement in the room or on a bookshelf. To keep furniture moving to a minimum, measure the room and the furniture, and then use the info to create a floor plan. Erasing on a piece of paper takes much less muscle power.
- Keep within the color scheme as much as possible to maintain the simple nature of the room. The benefits of choosing a simple color palette go out the window if you pile on too many hues afterwards.
- Consider a neutral palette if you like to change items such as throw pillows and artwork regularly. This will allow you to change the look and feel of a room without starting from scratch.
- Stick with simple textures and shapes as well in a modern room. You do not want to clutter the design aesthetic with busy fabrics on upholstery or through highly textured accessories.
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There are new painters in town, but you might just feel like they’ve been here all along
When Becky Bonnstetter knocks on your door, you just might feel like you’ve known her your entire life. Pair her Midwestern charm with an eye for color and a sharp-as-a-tack knack for business and you’ll agree she is exactly the person you’ll want creating the backdrop for your home décor.
Becky and her husband John own ProTect Painters of St. Petersburg and Palm Harbor. ProTect Painters is a full-service interior and exterior painting company with a philosophy of helping others fully realize the pride and joy of home ownership, and treating customers like family. Perhaps this is why the business is such a perfect fit for the Bonnstetters. They make quite a dynamic team, and in addition to Becky’s ability to put people instantly at ease, John can’t say enough about his wife’s eye for design.
“Becky has had realtors ask her to go into business staging homes for sale,” he said. “She has a real talent for choosing color and home décor. She is very good at it!”
Not every customer knows exactly how to begin the process of polishing a room. Sometimes Becky starts from scratch and says a person can take real cues from what is around them. “First I need to get a feel for what they like,” she said. “It’s a good idea to go to open-houses, cut pictures out of magazines, take note of what you like.” From there Becky will guide those once undecided customers to a color choice that suits them and their lifestyle.
“A lot of people can’t visualize change,” John said. “Becky can help them through that.”
It’s no secret a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for any space, but it is more than that. “The color of a room is what makes your home comfortable,” Becky said. “It makes people proud of their home. Everybody wants to feel that way.” Not only does the wall and ceiling color of a room reflect light and create mood, it also reflects one’s personality.
At ProTect Painters, the experts know that aesthetic appeal is only part of the equation. The paint must perform well too. Painting a home, inside and out, is a craft that combines beauty with skill and technique.
For example, John and Becky explained how a customer with a home filled with young children will want the most durable, washable paint she can get. Making that choice doesn’t mean she has to sacrifice a beautiful and pristine finish that lasts. Whatever the technical aspect of the job, the experts at ProTect Painters know how to handle it. There are sealants that can be used to prep walls where smokers have lived to prevent tobacco odors from ruining a brand new paint job.
There are specific paint types for different kinds of surfaces, and countless other tips of the trade known by the experts.
For John and Becky Bonnstetter, bringing their business to St. Petersburg and Palm Harbor is really just another way of being good neighbors. Stop in and say hello. Whether you’re looking for a fresh new way to brighten up your kitchen, or need to increase the curb appeal of a home for sale, one conversation with the Bonnstetters and you’ll feel altogether more confident in your decision to have them help you with your project. After all, haven’t you known them your entire life?
Picking exterior paint colors takes time and serious consideration. After all, unlike interior hues these are visible to anyone who passes by, and they set the tone for your entire property. Exterior painting also is an investment. Choose the right colors and you’ll be happy for five to seven years—as long as the job lasts. Make a mistake and you might be repainting sooner than makes financial sense.
Paint swatches are the key to choosing the best exterior colors for your home. Visit a local paint store to pick contenders for the main color, trim and accents. Then follow these five steps to a final decision.
1. Tape the paint swatches to an exterior wall or walls.
Choose a wall that will get all levels of light throughout the day and night, with the latter involving artificial outside lighting. Choose multiple walls if one won’t give you a good sense, such as a wall in full sun and one in constant shade. Attach the paint swatches to the walls with heavy-duty tape, layering them to also see how the colors will affect each other in different lights.
If you don’t want your neighbors offering an opinion, tape the swatches to exterior walls they cannot see.
2. Look at the colors in the morning, in the afternoon and at night.
Check the paint swatches at these three times one day, taking notes on which color schemes you like and don’t like on their own as well as how they complement or clash with neighboring homes. The following day, play with your backup hues to see if other trim and accent colors create schemes you like better.
Do this until you have gone through all of your backups and have chosen two finalists for color schemes.
3. Apply paint samples to the same exterior wall or walls.
Swatches offer an excellent way to narrow your options, but actual samples from your local paint store show the colors exactly as they will appear. Start this step by removing the swatches and cleaning the surface. Prep a large enough area to fit both finalists with space left between so one does not affect how you view another.
Apply two coats of each exterior paint color in their respective schemes. Allow to dry overnight.
4. Look at the colors in the morning, in the afternoon and at night.
Repeat the evaluation process above, also keeping in mind how the colors will look with seasonal changing of landscaping. At this point, you should have a clear favorite. Ask for the opinions of friends and family members if not, and even neighbors, as they might offer valuable insight.
Pick the exterior color schemes for your house.
5. Hire a professional painter.
Even if you have gone the DIY route when painting interiors, know that exteriors pose an even greater challenge. A professional painter is exactly that: professional. With that expertise comes:
- Knowledge—A pro knows which products and methods provide the most years per application. He or she also can offer advice on colors if you simply cannot make a decision.
- Efficiency—The work gets done over a few days, as opposed to whenever you can find time. While an interior paint job can be put on hold for a few days when life gets in the way, neighbors and homeowners associations are not as forgiving as family members.
- Equipment—Do you own a paint sprayer? A professional does and will use it appropriately to paint your home, not overspray your lawn. They also have the necessary ladders to reach second and third stories.
- Warranty—It takes time to see every inch of a paint job. If there are any issues, a warranty will ensure they get addressed without additional cost. You don’t get such a guarantee with the DIY route.
Choosing interior paint colors is an involved process. Start by picking out swatches and narrowing your options to one or two color schemes with backup trim and accent hues. Then follow these five steps.
1. Tape the paint swatches to the wall or walls in each room to be painted.
Pick a wall that will get all levels of light throughout the day and night, with the latter involving lamps and other artificial lighting. Choose multiple walls if one won’t give you a good sense of how colors will look at different times of the day. Tape the paint swatches to the walls, layering them to also see how the colors will affect each other in different lights.
Do this for every room of the house to be painted.
2. Look at the colors in the morning, in the afternoon and at night.
Check the paint swatches at these three times one day, taking notes on which color schemes you like and don’t like on their own as well as how they complement or clash with adjoining rooms. The following day, play with your backup hues to see if other trim and accent colors create schemes you like better.
Do this until you have gone through all of your backup colors and have chosen two finalists.
3. Apply paint samples to the same wall or walls in each room.
While swatches offer an excellent way to narrow your options, actual samples from your local paint store show the colors exactly. Start this step by removing the swatches and prepping the surface. That means cleaning the wall and applying a base coat of white paint to serve as a background for the samples. Prep a large enough area to fit both finalists with space left between so one does not affect how you view another.
Apply two coats of each paint color in their respective schemes. Allow to dry overnight.
4. Look at the colors in the morning, in the afternoon and at night.
Repeat the evaluation process above. At this point, you should have a clear favorite. Ask for the opinions of friends and family members if not, as they might help sway you to one paint color scheme over another.
Pick the interior color schemes for your house.
5. Hire a professional painter.
You can certainly take the DIY route if you have experience painting, but keep in mind that a professional painter is exactly that: professional. With that expertise comes:
- Knowledge—A pro knows which products and methods deliver the longest-lasting paint job, which could be for up to 10 years depending on the amount of wear and tear it sees. He or she can also offer advice on colors if you simply cannot make a decision.
- Efficiency—The work gets done over the course of a few days, as opposed to whenever you can fit it in your busy life. Would you rather spend your days off enjoying the lovely fall weather or inside working around the house?
- Equipment—Do you own a paint sprayer? A professional does and will use it appropriately in your home.
- Warranty—It takes time to see every inch of a paint job. If there are any issues, a warranty will ensure they get addressed. You don’t get such a guarantee with the DIY route.
One last tip: When choosing your paints, keep in mind that higher-quality paints deliver a longer-lasting result, making up for their higher cost by reducing the frequency with which you must paint. Considering application makes up a large portion of the cost when painting, going with better brands can actually save you money in the long run.
Antonio Castillo has as colorful of a personality as the bright hues that adorn the homes of his homeland of Venezuela. His zest for life and genuine gratitude come through with every word, and carry over into the enthusiasm he feels to be a man in business in the United States.
Castillo manages three painting companies in the greater Orlando area. The ProTect Painters franchises focus on customer service and treating customers like family. For many reasons, this appeals to Castillo. Obviously his attraction to color and design has drawn him and franchise owner Christian Borbely to the painting profession, and the business model for the franchise is concise, well-supported and proven successful. However, it is the company’s philosophy emphasizing family and customer service that reign prominent.
“ProTect Painters is like what we were doing in Venezuela,” he said. “We treat customers the same way, and do estimates the same.”
Castillo owned a successful window company in Venezuela. He provided well for his family and enjoyed a happy life on a beautiful island off of the mainland. His young children spent their free time surfing the waves and enjoying the beach. Sonsire Castillo, Antonio’s wife of ten years, used her own business savvy, creativity and talent to operate a children’s accessory business. When asked how they could leave such a paradise, his tone changed immediately.
“The political situation was not good,” he said. “The government became corrupt, and took everything. Even if you have a big business, they take it all.” Castillo spoke candidly of their loss. “We were afraid for our lives,” he said.
Antonio is thankful every day for the new life he is building in central Florida for his family. He absolutely beams when he talks about his “beautiful wife” he met sixteen years ago in college. He is as energetic as the two children he raves about, and is genuinely excited about his business opportunity.
With ProTect Painters, Castillo can give as much or as little time to the project as the customer prefers. He will walk step-by-step through each stage, from estimating and color choice to a pristine finished product, with someone who wants to be involved for the entire process. Likewise, he is happy to handle every detail for the customer who hasn’t the time.
ProTect Painters is known for its professional quality. Painters know the importance of prep time, time management and technique. Like every other aspect of his career, Castillo has studied it all, including the decorating trends for his region: currently lighter, neutral colors for interiors for example, or earth tone colors for home exteriors. He laughed when he talked about the paint colors that covered the walls in his home back in Venezuela. “Yellow, blue, green, purple,” he said. “Every room was a different color!” Remember that colorful personality?
Whether vivacious or subdued, Antonio Castillo paints the right picture for every customer. Find him at ProTect Painters of Clermont and Winter Garden, Apopka and Ocoee, and Lake Mary and Altamonte Springs.
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Certain homeowners see their garage as so much more than a place to store vehicles and other items. They extend the décor of their home into this space, making it as aesthetically pleasing as possible. If this describes you, consider applying an epoxy coating to the floor. It creates a smooth, shiny surface that takes your garage above and beyond the expected. It also creates a protective layer more easily cleaned than bare concrete.
How Epoxy Gets Applied
As with any painting project, preparation is key to the longevity of the application. You will need to thoroughly clean the surface by first sweeping and then removing any stains with a stiff-bristle brush and bleach solution or commercial concrete cleaner. You can also pressure wash extremely dirty garage floors.
After allowing the floor to dry, fill any cracks with concrete repair compound or patch. Next determine whether the concrete requires etching in order for the epoxy coating to adhere. Bottom line: If the surface does not adsorb water quickly, you will need to use an etcher to open the material’s pores. The last step in prep is application of a primer coat, which should dry overnight for best results.
Finally, you will mix and apply the epoxy coating according to manufacturer’s directions, followed by a top coat. You can even add color flakes in between if you like.
Reasons to Leave Epoxy Application to the Pros
While the above may sound straightforward, epoxy paint proves a challenge to many DIYers because of the problems that can arise from poor application. Peeling paint and bubbles are the most common issues.
For example, expect the epoxy to peel if you do not thoroughly clean the concrete, both of any dirt or grease and of the cleaning solutions used. It simply cannot adhere well to them. Crumbling concrete also lifts with peeling paint.
Also expect the epoxy to peel if you do not etch the concrete. Again, it needs the rougher texture to adhere. A floor not allowed to fully dry can also peel.
It can be difficult for a non-professional to know when the surface has met the standards needed for a quality application.
Air bubbles from too-vigorous mixing of the epoxy or outgassing of the concrete are another sign of a non-professional application. The latter happens when air heats up and forces its way out of the cement, getting trapped as bubbles in the epoxy. A professional knows the best time to start and finish this project to prevent bubbles.
Cool Ideas for Epoxy Application
Epoxy paint can be custom mixed to create any color. For example, the owner of this wine cellar in Connecticut asked us to paint the floor the same color as a leather sample. We did, and the finished work is a sophisticated and shiny red, which you can see in this video.
We can also create designs through the use of color flakes and other techniques. If you would like a floor with the swirl of marble but not the price, it’s possible. Patterns that resemble tile also are popular.
Epoxy paint applications inside the main house also are on the rise. Concrete floors with such a finish work well in the kitchen, laundry room, and other utilitarian rooms, but owners of contemporary and modern spaces are not afraid to have epoxy-coated concrete floors throughout. They fit a minimal design aesthetic quite well and make housecleaning as simple as dust mopping, with soap and water only needed to deal with spills.
Does your deck need a new finish? If so, then you likely are trying to decide between paint, stain and coating. Understand each type of product before starting this home improvement project.
Paint Can Rejuvenate a Deck
A coat of paint can transform the appearance of a deck. Whether you want such a change depends on the wood itself. Is it old and unsightly? Paint will cover it completely and not allow the look of the wood itself to show. Do you like the color and grain? Keep in mind that paint will hide it completely.
This type of finish does offer excellent UV protection, but because paint cracks and peels on horizontal surfaces, that bonus feature will soon flake away. Repainting will be needed every other year or so, depending on the amount of use your deck gets.
Many homeowners reserve paint for railings, as there is no foot traffic to wear down the paint, and stain their deck instead. There are a variety of stains made specifically for decks, with opacity ranging from clear to solid color. Solid stains also cover grain and color, but they penetrate the wood to result in a longer-lasting finish.
What Is the Difference Between Paint and Coating?
Deck coating is a relatively new product that resembles a thick paint. It fills cracks and covers splinters to create a deck you can walk barefoot on, and it also has a slip-resistant finish. This type of finish lasts twice as long as paint, depending on the particular brand.
These products cost more than paint and stain, with additional prep required to ensure you get the full value they offer. Prep for a deck coating involves a thorough inspection of the wood to identify loose splinters, boards or screws; rotting or damaged wood; and raised nails. Any problem areas found must be repaired or replaced.
Cracked and peeling paint also must be removed, and deck cleaner applied and used to lift any stains. Depending on the state of your deck, pressure washing on low may be needed.
Finally, sanding loose fibers and filling cracks larger than ¼ inch must happen before a final cleaning of the deck.
Coatings and Rescue Products Can Extend the Life of a Deck
The appeal of coatings and other similar rescue products are their value in relation to replacement of an entire deck. If you do the above prep and ensure that the wood remains in good enough shape to support the weight it needs to, then a coating costs significantly less than the materials and labor of a new deck.
Application also proves straightforward. The product gets applied first between decking boards, on edges, and into all cracks, holes and knots with a 3-inch nylon brush. A roller can then be used to apply the coating to the remaining surfaces of the deck. Coats do need several hours to dry in between, so this finish will take a full weekend to apply in most cases.
The result will be a deck that resembles synthetic wood more so than natural, as the coating is thicker than even several coats of paint.
To answer the questions of stain versus paint versus coating with no doubt, rely on your professional painter. He or she can asses your particular deck, from the condition of the wood to the affect of the elements to the best product for the amount of use it gets, and recommend the type of finish needed. A professional also can make short work of the application, leaving you plenty of time to pick out a new grill or furnishings for your like-new deck.
Colonial architecture has distinct features, among them a gabled roof, clapboard siding, shuttered windows, and a centered, classically inspired entry. Such historic style deserves era-appropriate color schemes for the exterior and interior. Check out these classic Colonial palettes from Behr, Sherwin-Williams, and Benjamin Moore.
Exterior Classic Colonial Paint Colors
Behr paints the exterior of this home in the almost-army-green of Spanish Galleon. The almost-navy-blue of Sled coats the shutters, with White at the trim. The requisite red door is done in Burnt Tile to complement the darker hues.
On the brick Colonial shown, Behr uses a lighter approach. Silver Sky covers the exterior, with Deep Space on the shutters, and Awning Red at the entry.
The American Heritage Collection by Sherwin-Williams uses Craftsman Brown as the main color on a Colonial, the lighter Roycroft Vellum on trim, and Rookwood Brown on the shutters. It trades the red for Naval blue on the front door.
A similar palette from Sherwin-Williams paints the exterior Colonial Revival Stone with Classical White on the trim, Tricorn Black on the shutters, and Rookwood Red at the entry.
Benjamin Moore has an entire collection for owners of Colonial-era homes. Called Williamsburg, it features 144 colors that were created in collaboration with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The hues are based on pigments found on actual buildings from the 18th century.
It comes in both interior and exterior paints, with standouts including Gunsmith Gray shown on trim that serves as a backdrop for Mopboard Black on a door. Greenhow Blue is another option for an entry.
Interior Classic Colonial Paint Colors
Benjamin Moore shows many more examples of interior use on its website. Entryways are shown with Williamsburg Wythe Blue on stairs and wainscoting, Palace Pearl on walls, and Claret in an adjacent hall. Bedrooms see colors as varied as Washington Blue, Tyler Gray, and Green Umber. The company even shows its paints used on furniture, such as the highboy coated in Cornwallis Red.
In its interior Colonial color offerings, Sherwin-Williams offers Aristocratic Peach, Rachel Pink, Rosedust, Caen Stone, Colonial Yellow, Acanthus, Dutch Tile Blue, and Needlepoint Navy. The collection captures the warmth and charm of the era nicely.
Behr’s standout Colonial Brick hue works in a variety of palettes. For a decidedly feminine approach, use it as the main color in a room with Silverberry, Rose Potpourri, and Bleached Shell. For a more gender-neutral scheme, have it as an accent to Hallowed Hush, Mythic Forest, and Silver Sky.
Tips for Creating a Classic, Colonial Color Scheme
Just as paint colors must complement each other, they also should have a close enough relationship as to not create too much visual separation, especially on exteriors. Choose colors that contrast but do not make their surfaces seem from a different home altogether.
- Use light colors on areas you want to enhance the texture of, and darker colors in areas you wish to downplay.
- Brighter, bolder colors work well as architectural accents on the exterior of a home, adding pops of color but not overwhelming the block.
- On both the interior and exterior, use paint swatches to narrow your options and make a final decision. That way, you can live with a color scheme for a few days, looking at it in all levels of light, before you make the commitment that comes with the application of paint in an entire room or exterior.
If you have difficulty making up your mind, or if there are decision-makers who don’t agree, consider asking the advice of your professional painter earlier in the process. He or she has painted homes in the Colonial architectural style before and may have advice that will sway you one way or the other.