If you have the urge to remodel this spring, don’t start tearing down walls. Consider
updating with paint.
This year, you can find just the color to suit your mood; the very influential paint
manufacturers have chosen palettes ranging from peaceful shades to vibrant colors.
Turn inward but stand strong.
The National Post, paint colors reflect the way we see the world. “[This year] in both a
décor and a psychological sense, it’s hard to be neutral “There’s both a turning inwards
towards peace and refuge, and a sense of standing strong, even defiance.”
For example, Benjamin Moore’s color of t is a spicy red called “Caliente” (“Hot” in
Spanish), and red, generally, is showing up in everything from appliances to cars. But
for the shy among us, Benjamin Moore offers a variation: deep rich pinks.
Dark colors are also on trend.
Paint manufacturer PPG’s Black Flame is best as a wall color; it highlights the room’s architecture, furniture, and lighting. That said, dark colors can be unforgiving and may highlight those less-than-perfect walls.
Challenging “Ultra Violet” Pantone has challenged decorates with its color of the year, Ultra Violet. It has a
tendency to take over, designers say, and so must be handled with care.
Some are using softer shades (even extending to lavender), and others are pairing it with partners
such as celadon green or camel this bold color should be used judiciously.
Another trend is bringing the outside in with colors such as Beautify-Tone’s Green
Peace. “It’s peaceful and almost neutral, but it has attitude,” says company
representative Bev Bell.
Fortunately, the color palette is generally easy to use. Says Breen: “…all of these
shades are amazingly versatile. They can be either dramatic or quietly enveloping;
depending on what else you choose to put with them.”