Wednesday, October 1, 2008

2009 Interior Color Trends

I confess, I'm keep up with the trends. I don't always follow, but I keep up, and feel to be an educated decorator is the best one to be, well - talented helps. At any rate, I was searching through inspirational paint colors at the Sherwin Williams website this afternoon, while multi-tasking, exploring new colors for my L-shaped (now book free) office. I didn't know that Sherwin Williams had designers working on the 2009 Color Forecast, but was I ever glad to find it:

Color is on the move. The bold, saturated hues that have dominated palettes for the past few seasons are yielding to more complex, toned-down shades. Our eyes are ready for respite, says Jordan. Colors are dustier, with intriguing new undertones. And there's a new MVP in the palette: gray. "Grays play an ever-increasing role, cooling down our interiors and becoming the new neutral in both commercial and residential spaces", she says.

Now of course, after reading this I jumped for joy. Why? Well, I just painted my guest room a soft shade of gray/taupe/green and seems as though it was a good decision. Now, if you're not a fan of gray, I completely understand. Neither was I - at first. I always felt gray was too cold, too institutional, prison-like. But after exploring the many tones of gray in a prior post, I started to understand that it's neutral qualities are really quite better than that of it's brown counter-part.

Gray pairs well with a variety of colors, and can be used as a formal or informal hue for walls, molding, furniture, even floors. But, gray isn't the only "MVP" in 2009 color inspiration.

Affluence has a new face. Today’s young, green-minded customers are savoring life’s luxuries but bringing their consciences with them. The new luxury palette reflects botanical hues, evoking eco-tourism in exotic destinations, and natural flower and root dyes to tint the finest silks and cashmeres. “Mineral” hues, such as mother of pearl and warm metallic shades, combine earthy sensibility with refined taste.

For these new affluents, green has definitely outgrown its rustic roots, and ethical indulgence is the ultimate status symbol.

Good to know, right? Warm metallic shades: bronze, aged or patina gold, pewter, and rough copper should make a come back in the market, and it's no wonder. These metallic shades often bring a sense of calm, home, rest, relaxation. If the trend is more toward "home-life" in 2009, I think to be wrapped in a warm bronzed cashmere throw next to a roaring copper colored fire, would be the perfect place to unwind.

And now for the colors, I know you're all on the edge of your seats.

REDS/ORANGES:
Juicy Fruit. Red gets a mouthwatering new look with a hint of orange zest. Sherwin-Williams' Enticing Red invokes lush tropical flowers and fruit, with a Latin American accent.

All Grown Up. The sweetness of pink acquires new nuance and sophistication, with shades ranging from brights with subtle infusions of orange or violet, to dusty and romantic.

New Appeal. Orange transitions in '09, from the crayon-bright intensity of seasons past to more elegant and restrained shades. We still savor the spice hues inspired by global influences, but Tigereye tones it down slightly with just a touch of yellow.

YELLOWS/GREENS:

Mellow Yellows. Yellow has been a recent star on fashion runways, and the sunny shades are now brightening interior palettes, from the soft Daffodil of spring blossoms to the ripened maize of Gambol Gold. Energetic, green-influenced yellows, like the lime-infused Eye Catching, are a hit with Gen Y and others who want to make a bravura statement.

Grassroots Movement. Greens are on the move, acquiring muddier, more yellow-based shadings than we've seen in the recent past. Grandiose and Lemon Verbena bring grayed-down gravitas to the mix, while elegant Alexandrite, a gemstone-infused green, contributes a touch of blue.

NEUTRAL FAMILIES:
Natural Wonders. Today's neutrals are grounded in the environment, with hues inspired by wood, stone and natural fibers, such as Wool Skein, Mesa Tan and Umber. Wood tones have a new yellow influence, and metallic browns have taken on gray.

Gorgeous Grays. Grays themselves range from cool Zircon to warm Keystone, inspired by the juxtaposition of high-tech steel and decades-old urban concrete.

VIOLETS/BLUES:

Purple Reign. Violets and plums continue their regal influence in '09, although they're more red-based than in '08. Plummy and Plum Dandy add smoky new shadings to the royal mix, and look especially fresh when combined with neon greens, pinks, grays and blacks.

Liquid Assets. Water is essential - to life and to the palette. Our growing awareness of this vital natural resource keeps blue in the color forefront. Dignity Blue offers a deep Mediterranean take, while Quench Blue and Aqua-Sphere suggest the Caribbean Sea. Celestial adds a clean, fresh blue with just a droplet of violet.

Again, trends aren't always meant to be followed, but I hope that this helps in your winter planning for spring 2009 projects around the house! Of course, you can order a fan-deck of the 2009 colors online for free by clicking here.

24 comments:

  1. you must have read my mind...I was thinking about this the other day! thanks for the info

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  2. I have to say some of those brighter colors just hurt my eyes, but there are many in these palettes that I really like... mostly the smoky or earthy ones. Love that Celestial blue.
    Now I wanna see the guest room! Hurry up! Kevin (that is his name, right?) is coming soon!!!!!!!!!

    Justine :o )

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  3. We're choosing colors for the condo. I've splotched 4 grays on an entry hall wall and of course blogged about it! I heard about the gray trend from my shop owner friend, who saw lots of grays at market, this year.

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  4. I am glad to hear about gray being an MVP. I think it looks great with yellow and plum. I just painted our shelves in the garage gray and we like it. I have been looking for a gray and yellow comforter set for my daughter. So you're right, it's becoming popular....Christine

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  5. Gosh...I love all this wonderful info you've been giving us. I can see some really pretty colors...I love the "lemon verbena" and the "umber" . But I'm NOT painting again lol. Great choice of songs for this post!!!

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  6. HELLO ARTIE,I'M GLAD TO KNOW THE METALLICS ARE STILL OK.I LOVE THEM.IN OUR LAST HOME,WE PAINTED ONE WALL A DARK,ROSE COLOR ALMOST MAROON AND USED A GOLD METALLIC OVER IT WHILE IT WAS STILL WET.IT WAS GORGEOUS.WE USED IT ON ONE WALL AND THE OTHER THREE WALLS WE STRIPED IT WITH THE SAME COLOR,BUT ONE MEATALLIC,ONE PLAIN.I WISH I STILL HAD PICS OF IT,MY PUTER DIED WITH THEM IN IT.I HAVE NEVER HAD SO MANY COMPLIMENTS ON ANY THING ELSE IN MY LIFE AS THAT.MADE ME ALMOST--------FEEL LIKE A PRO.HA.
    THANK YOU FOR THE LESSON.I KNOW IT WILL COME IN HANDY TO MANY....ANN

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  7. Lovin' these colors! It's been a while since I've painted and have been itching to paint my Sienna sitting room a new color...hmmmm...now which of the colors should I go for? I have eath tones throug out my home so I'm sure I should stay along those lines with my open floor plan...if you have any advice I'd love it!

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  8. I'm really leaning towards the Tigereye....

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  9. What a great insight to the new colors.. I lean towards anything earthy.. I like the warmth that explodes from them.. I've done a faux finish on all of our walls but the kitchen and the toile room.. the kitchen is done in Carriage Red and the toile room although a taupey color still screams help!!! You know when you paint a room and still needs that extra bit of punch.. I think those walls are screaming loudly lol... I believe I'll be doing a bit more research on paint today..lol.. How are the bookshelves coming along? Did you get another finish on them??? hugs ~lynne~

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  10. I have about sixteen spaces in my home that I wish to refresh/upgrade and have found myself being drawn to 'greys' so the fan-deck will be VERY beneficial. Thanks Artie!!!! (Was becoming concerned if I was depressed. Grey skys, winter coming and all that....smiles.) Good to know the color is considered a neutral.

    I shall be starting from the floor up, so am still feeling a bit itimidated/overwhelmed as I must consider the prospect of resale. What are you doing for the next twelve months as I could use a shopping-accomplice.

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  11. I am lovin the new colors... especially the metallics and the Grays... almost makes me wish I had a home to paint.. It may be a few more years before I decide to get off the road but when I do will you help me with my decorating?... Love your ideas.

    Hugs, Donna

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  12. To Donna.....I have 'dibs' on him first. Sorry! :) :) :)

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  13. In my super limited experience I'd have to agree regarding the new MVP being gray. Both my ex S-I-L and Mom are in the process of redoing their homes and gray is playing a large role in their new color palettes.

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  14. I just knew that yellow was the new hot color! ~ Robyn

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  15. Wow, so much to think about when it comes to color. Soft yellow is a fav for me...I LOVE Duron 'Sugar Cookie'. It goes with everything and is just such a rich, happy color...can colors be happy? :-) As usual, a fantastic post! Susan

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  16. The new colors are so pretty. I wish I could toss everything and start all over. Wouldn't it be fun to have a whole new look?
    How's life? I hope all is well!
    Hugs, b.

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  17. Artie~ I love your blog!! I'm guilty of reading quite a few blogs and never making a comment, but you do such thought-provoking and informative posts!
    I want to thank you for leaving such beautiful comments on Susan's post the day she featured us. Not only was it an honor for her to do that, but I was so deeply humbled from the kindness of all of you. I will never forget it~~THANK YOU!! Laura/Tomarie at RMS

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  18. I am loving all the new colors. I must say alexandrite is my favorite!!!

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  19. Love that zircon!

    I know an artist who goes to the paint store and finds out the most popular tones of paint, then paints according to what is most popular. She always sells a ton of paintings, so it must work! Of course, she is not the type of artist who worries about her work being called 'decorative'.

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