The year might be halfway over, but it has been packed with some of the most innovative interior design trends we’ve seen in a long time. One design category that has been especially eye-opening: color. From new, warmer neutrals to an unexpected accent hue, this is our 2017 Mid-Year Trend Report on the year’s most colorful design ideas…so far.
NEUTRAL PALETTES ARE WARMING UP
The rise of Scandinavian minimalism in previous years has changed what we consider to be “neutral colors,” with stark black-and-white color combos at the forefront. So far in 2017, however, the new neutrals are getting much warmer. We’re pretty sure we can thank mid-century and bohemian-inspired decor for the range of beiges, browns, and creams that we’ve been spotting everywhere.
COLOR PSYCHOLOGY IS KEY
Reviving a blasé room with a little paint isn’t just about picking a pretty color — we want to know exactly what our paint colors represent. There’s a spike in interest about the psychology of color and how to use certain paint colors to inspire different moods, from joy to productivity. (Kendall Jenner even opted for a pink wall to help her feel calm…and suppress her appetite.)
Whether you want to learn what feelings the existing paint colors in your home represent or you want to optimize your space for creativity, 2017 is the year of psychoanalyzing your paint choices.
TROPICAL GREEN EVERYTHING
Pantone called it: green is definitely the defining color of 2017. Tropical versions of the shade are a favorite so far this year, from palmtree patterns to statement green furniture.
The 1960’s Hollywood hot spot, The Riviera, has mastered the retro look by playing with a range of limes to forest greens. We predict this shade isn’t going anywhere — at least for the rest of the year!
COLOR CLASHING IS ENCOURAGED
It looks like 2017 is only getting bolder and brighter, and we have officially embraced the clash of colors, patterns, and textures. In fact, we encourage it.
“I love the fact that we’re becoming bolder with pattern and color,” says Graham & Brown designer Paula Taylor. “This year’s softer pastel palette works beautifully on the new geometrics, conveying a more feminine edge to a masculine style — particularly if you add a little metallic highlight.”
TIME TO DITCH BLACK ALTOGETHER
Black matte had a serious moment in 2016, from paint to kitchen appliances. In 2017, it’s time to let the trend go. Professional designer and creator of Renovation Roadmap, Mina Fies, says “Offices tend to have a lot of black desks and we tend to wear a lot of black, so it’s usually not something we need to introduce into our space.” Agreed.
NAVY AND GOLD IS THE FAVORITE UNEXPECTED COLOR PAIRING
A sleek and unconventional color pairing, navy and gold is one of Pinterest’s most popular decor trends this year. While the dark blue shade should be the primary focus, feel free to add plenty of gilded accents throughout your space. Gold isn’t gaudy, it’s just uber-luxurious.
BLUSH PINK AS A NEW NEUTRAL
While social media went a little “millennial pink” crazy in 2016, this year has been all about normalizing the warm blush tone and using it as a neutral color instead of a statement shade. With its highly-saturated look and sunny undertones, it goes perfectly with a range of grays, browns, and creams.
CAMEL IS THE EFFORTLESSLY ADAPTABLE ACCENT COLOR
“Our real neutral obsession is the color camel,” says the Creative Director of Frampton Co, Elena Frampton. “It provides richness to a monochromatic palette without drawing too much attention. Its adaptability to several color palettes make pieces upholstered in it timeless. Whether you are introducing it through textiles, leather or various stains of wood–camel will translate well.” No matter the style of your space, be it contemporary or rustic, camel can effortlessly add a touch of refinement.
BLUE PAINT WILL MAKE YOU MORE MONEY
Blue isn’t the most outrageous paint color to try, but it just might be the most cost effective. Zillow’s 2017 Paint Colors Analysis study discovered that homes with blue bathrooms generally sold for $5,400 more than expected.
The shades that proved to be the most effective? Powder blue and periwinkle. So, if you want to refresh your home while potentially adding some value, spring for a bucket of blue paint.
CHOOSING A PAINT COLOR BASED ON YOUR HOME STATE
If you want to know what’s trending in your exact geographic location, luckily BEHR did a survey to discover the most popular paint colors in each state. You might be surprised which colors your neighbors are obsessing over (like the gorgeous “Spiced Potpurri” in Pennsylvania) — or find a new favorite of your own!
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