The paint manufacturers have made their color and trend predictions for 2017, and there were several surprises this year. A common theme among the reports is an expected movement into warmer, richer colors with more than one undertone. Rich colors have multiple undertones that complement and balance one another. These dark, rich hues can give a space a cozy, denlike feel.
Dark and rich colors can make quite a statement when balanced with white or cream in a space, such as this beautiful kitchen designed by Aidan Design. The molding and cabinetry color used in this kitchen is a deep, complex navy by Wood-Mode Fine Cabinetry called Vintage Navy. Other dark and rich navy hues mentioned in the 2017 color forecasts are Behr Midnight Show, Sherwin-Williams Anchors Aweigh, and Benjamin Moore Gentleman's Gray.
Blue will continue to trend through 2017, according to the color forecasts, but with this movement into deeper colors, the shades of blues will have two or three balanced undertones. Blue-gray and blue-green shades are already are popular with consumers and expected to continue to trend.
A rich blue with a gray undertone is a great paint to accent a wall or cabinetry, as seen in this beautiful kitchen designed by Vanessa Francis Design. The color on the island is Benjamin Moore Night Train. Other layered rich blues mentioned in the color forecasts are Sherwin-Williams Stardew, Behr Polished Aqua, and Benjamin Moore Sea Star.
It's no surprise gray will continue to be a draw for consumers and trend through 2017. It's also no surprise that paint manufacturers expect grays to continue to get warmer over the next couple of years; they anticipated this warmer gray trend starting back in 2015.
A transitional lighter gray with a balanced mix of warm and cool undertones, like Light French Gray from Sherwin-Williams seen in this beautiful bathroom from Laine & Layne, The Home Co., is a perfect example of a versatile gray that works well with other colors and undertones in a space. Additional warm grays mentioned in the 2017 paint color forecasts are Sherwin-Williams Popular Gray, Behr Close Knit, and Benjamin Moore Wish.
One of the biggest trends in paint colors in 2016 was white, and though white is predicted to continue to be a top pick, the paint manufacturers forecast a move from cool or neutral whites into warm whites and creams. This is in line with the overall shift we're seeing into warmer colors.
One of the most crowd-pleasing warmer whites is Benjamin Moore White Dove, seen in this laundry room designed by Jennifer Reid. White Dove is a designer favorite for trim and cabinetry because it's neither too cold nor too warm. Other warmer whites mentioned in the 2017 color forecasts were Benjamin Moore Cloud Cover and Dunn-Edwards Historic White.
Another common color found in all the paint manufacturer forecasts is deep, rich black. Black isn't just for cabinetry anymore. We're seeing a big shift into designers using black more and more on walls for smaller spaces and accent walls.
Black paint colors with rich undertones can create a cozy, warm feeling while making a beautiful statement. Michelle from 4 Men 1 Lady used Behr Evening Hush on her bedroom accent wall, and it's stunning. Other rich black paint colors mentioned in the 2017 color forecasts are Sherwin-Williams Caviar, Benjamin Moore Ebony King, and Dunn-Edwards MacKintosh Midnight.