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Grey Headlines Interior Color "Hot List"

Grey – the color that connotes intellect – is one hue homeowners will be incorporating into their interiors next year. It’s the hot new neutral, a sleek and sophisticated color option that adds refinement to almost any room.

Walls that are painted grey are great backdrops for almost any style of décor, and grey is such a dignified color that it can elevate the appearance of even the most modest furnishings.

Beyond wall color, grey will embellish interiors in other ways next year -- in the form of grey wash on wood furniture, for example, and in fabric used for everything from seating to floor coverings. Grey’s flashier cousin, silver, will be used as an important accent color.

Continue reading for additional color trends that will be interest in 2014!

Happy Painting,


Debbie Zimmer

But grey won’t be the only neutral to be popular in 2014. Those seeking a change from more saturated color will be happy to learn that white and off-white are back in vogue. Manufacturers of interior paint will offer extensive palettes of ever-so-subtle tints comprised of 30, 40, and even 50 ‘whites’ containing just a hint of color.

White is staging a strong comeback for a number of reasons. As with grey, the ease of coordinating furnishings with a neutral hue like white is appealing to almost everyone.

However, some will gravitate to white for more personal reasons having to do with a change of address: those who are downsizing will favor white or very light-colored walls to make their new, smaller interiors look more spacious; and for those who may soon put up a ‘For Sale’ sign, white is the wise paint color to apply before listing a home.

Design professionals and do-it-yourselfers in the mood for more colorful options will also have good choices next year. Blues and greens – in more tints and shades than ever before -- will again be crowd-pleasers, as they have been for a while.

Another hot color in 2014 will be mustard yellow. Its influence is growing in both fashion and home furnishing fabrics. Also expect to see more use of the color on walls -- if not for entire rooms, then at least on accent walls.

In the end, color choice is a very personal decision, so whether you are thinking about doing some painting, or changing your décor, or both, stick with colors that you love. When it comes to your home, your opinion is the one that matters most.

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