There’s no question that a freshly painted, tastefully decorated, clutter-free home will almost always sell faster than one that’s over-furnished, filled with knick-knacks and out-of-date. Some real estate professionals will tell you that neutrals are the way to go, but there’s no need to repaint your whole interior white if you want to sell your home. In our experience, here’s what matters:
- Are your home’s rooms painted neatly? Are holes in the walls from picture hooks, etc., patched and invisible? Are ceiling and trim edges crisp and drip/smear-free?
- Are the rooms painted in colors that suit contemporary tastes? An easy way to tell is by looking at catalogs or websites for stores like Pottery Barn, Rooms to Go, or Wayfair. Out-of-date colors can say “1970” or “1982” quickly!
- Do your home’s paint colors complement its architecture and any furnishings and décor items you have? A bright-yellow wall might work just right in a contemporary home, but seem garish and out of place in a classic Federal style home
2017 Color Trends
Every year, paint manufacturers and others in the design world issue their color forecasts. For 2017, it looks like most colors that are “hot” are sophisticated, dusky hues in natural tones—rich, deep greys; dark, lush purples; and all shades of green.
Pantone Color of the Year
Famous color systems company Pantone says the 2017 color of the year is Greenery (15-0343), “nature’s neutral,” and the spring top 10 colors are described as “a mixture of vitality, relaxation, and the great outdoors.”
Farrow & Ball's Key Colors
Farrow & Ball, well-regarded British paint and wallpaper manufacturer specializing in historic color palettes, picks four key colors each year. This year’s choices are radicchio, studio green, hay, and the unpigmented “all white.” In fact, they say an all-white interior is still a great, fashionable choice – and they recommend layering subtly different whites.
Benjamin Moore's Color Choices
Benjamin Moore, long a top paint brand with interior designers, selected a variety of deep, hazy hues for its 2017 palette. Color names hint at their depth and the influence of nature on the palette: salamander (2050-10), sea life (2118-40), shadow (2117-30), night shade (2116-10), and ebony king (2132-20) are just a few.
Behr Makes Color Selections
Behr, a popular paint with DIYers sold at Home Depot, issued a 2017 color collection in three palettes: Comfortable, Composed, and Confident. Similar to Benjamin Moore’s palette, these feature softened deep colors like Midnight Show (T17-17), Shades On (T17-10), and Artful Magenta (T17-14). Greens are well represented, too, from Jade Dragon (T17-15) and Polished Aqua (T17-08) to In the Woods (T17-13) and Balanced (T17-07).
We're feeling inspired by the natural hues and calm, almost wistful tones of these manufacturers' 2017 colors. If your home needs more than a little touchup paint, how about considering an update to something you find here? And if you're already making some home improvements, tell us about what's inspired you! Do you like these fresh trends, or is your eye drawn to something else?
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