A few weeks ago, Benjamin Moore announced its color of the year for 2017. If you were like many of us at Fair & Square Remodeling, you were more than a bit surprised. “Shadow,” as the company calls it, is a dramatic change from the white trend that swept 2016.
Kudos to anyone bold enough to paint his or her walls such a deep, dark gray. It’s definitely not a color for the faint of heart — or for those with few windows in their homes.
With the announcement of the new “it” color, I couldn’t help but wonder what other color trends we’ll be seeing in the coming year.
Here’s what to expect in 2017:
- Jewel tones. The color palette is substantially darker then it was last year. Think more jewel tones like plum, teal, bronze, and dark gold — and less earth tones like beige, taupe, and brown.
- Prints. Expect to see the darker color palette mixed with fun prints — in both fabrics and wallpaper. If in-your- face prints feel a bit busy for you, consider going with throw pillows in a trendy pattern. It’s kind of like adding new accessories to your favorite outfit.
- Dark on dark. Another trend you’ll be seeing a lot of is dark on dark, like a dark fireplace paired with dark walls or dark furniture to match the dark décor. I’m a little hesitant to go too dark in my home, but the color play can actually come off very warm and comforting when done right.
- Texture. Weaving texture into your interior can make the space much more inviting. In fact, decorative molding or board-and- batten can add just enough texture to walls to soften even the most solemn of shades.
- Navy. Navy is shaping up to be the new black of 2017 — largely due to its ability to pair well with almost any color scheme. The color is both modern and traditional, and can be used as an accent to a room or an update for those kitchen cabinets.
Throw last year’s color trend right out the window. It was all about white walls and furniture paired with simple small pops of bright color, while 2017 is looking to be dark on dark. I’m looking forward to the change in pace and it might inspire me to do something dark myself.