Paint | Projected Changes for 2017

As we all know, paint makes a huge impact on a space.  And recently the popular wall color has been white.  Clean and bright and open, it's the minimalist color of 2016.  However, after white, there are other colors that were pretty popular--varying shades of green, blue, purple, red (there's a popular version every year).  But in a recent article by mydomaine, we could be seeing less and less of these paint colors in 2017.  The good news is, there are replacements!  The bad news is, you may want to repaint after this article.

We kicked off 2016 with Pantones big colors which were Rose Quartz and Serenity.  It's funny because, when these colors were announced, we were like, what?!  Pastels?!  No.  That's can't be right.  But we admit, we've had a change of heart.  The nice thing about pastels in 2016 is that they're paired with bold geometric patterns or large scale florals and all of the sudden it feels current and updated rather than jumping back into the 90s.

That being said, some of the colors that are going out, are the same ones that just came in.  However, it doesn't mean pastels and soft hues are gone for good.  The new colors replacing them are just as subtle.

The information shared by mydomaine was based on research from companies like Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams, and Behr--companies that spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on man power to research paint color trends from across the country.  Needless to say, this information is pretty reliable so feel special that you're ahead of the game for 2017 paint color trends!

The first color we're saying goodbye to is Lilac.  This was one we'd grown to love in 2016 so we are sad to see it go.  It's replacement is a little cooler and more mature which is nice--ice blue.  Some good versions to keep in your back pocket are Ben Moore's Iceberg and Sherwin-Williams's Icelandic.  It still has the minimal feel of white with just a little more color which might make you fearers of white a little more comfortable. :)

This next color isn't so much pastel...instead it's more 70's but we can dig it.  Again, we're saying goodbye to one of our favorite gender neutral colors in 2017--Mint.  Mint was the hot color for many nurseries in 2015-2016.  I used it for my son's nursery and we even used in a nursery that was featured in a local magazine.  So people definitely love it.  It's upcoming replacement is the much-darker, olive green.  Colors like Ben Moore's Guacamole and Sherwin-Williams's Saguaro are what researchers say will be hot.

While we never really think Navy will go out of style, we understand that it can be bumped down on the popularity list.  Even though white was big in 2016, black and darker hues like navy were also more acceptable than they have been in past years.  It seemed that people were afraid of going extreme in the color selection on their walls.  In 2017, we'll see less of these straight black and blue colors and more muted versions like charcoal.  According to mydomaine, colors like Ben Moore's Night Shade and Sherwin-Williams's Sealskin and good choices for a darker gray.

Finally, it looks like the 2016 color of year will be sticking around in 2017 in a slightly darker version.  Rose Quartz is being replaced with more dusty, grey pinks like SW's Roycroft Rose and BM's Everything's Rosy (which looks delightful!).

So that's it!  You just got your weekly dose of trends for 2017!  Can you believe 2016 is almost over?!  It's been a fast and furious year and there's no doubt 2017 will be big as well.

Tips & Tricks | Paint

Picking paint is hard.  Real hard.  Even designers can struggle with the right paint color.  There are so many variables that affect how paint looks in the end.  To  begin with, what is the lighting situation?  Is there a lot of natural light to make the color appear brighter or is the room dark where highlights and undertones won't be as visible?  What color are the floors?  Do they have undertones that will create a reflection on the walls and ultimately change the color?  What color furniture will be in the room?  Again...will there be reflection issues?  Really, picking paint isn't just picking paint.  It's analyzing the space and deciding how it will all work together.  It's tricky.  We get it.  So today we're sharing some tips for picking paint.  Explaining what the process should look like and doing our best to give you a little more confidence for your next color selection endeavor.

For starters, we'll tell you from years of experience....the paint color never looks the way it does on the chip on your walls.  This is true for a thousand reasons.  Nevermind what they are.  Just trust us.  When choosing paint, you have to think bigger picture.  It may be great on a little sample card, but on 10' walls?  Let's think about this.  If a little is good, a lot isn't always awesome.  If you like the color on the chip, it's usually a safe bet to go with the color one step up--a little lighter, more-muted version.  That way when you put it all over the walls, it doesn't overwhelm you.  

Once you've narrowed it down to one or two colors, test them on the wall.  But not just anywhere on the wall. Test them on a spot near the floor in an area of the room where an average amount of light is hitting the sample.  You want to see it in an area where you'll see how it will look with some of the floor color reflecting on it AND will have a good idea of how the light in the space will brighten or darken the color.  Also, don't be stingy when painting the swatch.  Do a nice-size square...maybe 12" x 12" so you can really see a big chunk of the color.  Important thing to remember too---paint two coats!  Unless you're painting on white walls, you're going to need to fully-cover the existing color to get a good idea what the new paint color will look like.  So paint the sample like you would the wall--2 coats.

Finally, check your lighting.  If you have plans to change your lighting sometime in the near future, we highly recommend changing that first before selecting a color and painting the walls.  Lighting makes a big impact on the way a paint color looks so it's important to know what you're working with.  If your lighting isn't what it will be, you have no gauge on how the paint color will turn out in the end.  Trust us.

Like we said at the beginning, paint colors can be hard.  And the even harder thing is that paint makes such a big impact on the space that if you get it wrong, you're going to be forced to re-do it.  So try to follow these tips---do a little more prep on the front end so you're not wasting time on the back end. :)


Colors | Working with Pastels

So there are two colors of the year this year...and both are pastel.  Yep, I said it.  Both are pastel.  There's been a lot of questions about the color of the year selections for 2016 but they are what they are...and I'm guessing that we'll be obsessed soon enough.  Maybe you love pastels and you're excited about this trend or maybe you have a client who loves them and you're trying to figure out how to make them happy.  We'll all probably face our pastel dilemma at some point this year, in some way.  So, today we're going to try to give you good advice for incorporating them in a design.  There are a number of different approaches you can take so we're hoping this post will help you narrow down the one you want to use!

I know I've had difficulty with pastels in the past because they can easily make something feel washed-out if the item in a pastel color is right next to a hue that's a little more bold.  If you're sort of in the same boat and feel that the pastel item by itself doesn't hold it's own, try adding one other item to the mix that's in a pastel color.  There's power in pairs and somehow, this duo may help balance itself with the rest of the space.

Pastels can be tricky in that you don't necessarily want to over-do them, however, if you don't do them right, they can look like an after-thought.  One way that we've found can make the use of pastel look intentional is by doing it all!  Do you think we're crazy for saying that?  Maybe.  The thing is, we feel that it's more about picking the right pastel to do everything in. Pastel blue still feels like a baby's room but a good mint is in the pastel family and is also on-trend.  Going monochromatic is going to be that impact you were looking for!

If pastels scare you a little but you have this piece that you just can't get rid of, make that the statement piece...and the ONLY piece that's in a pastel color.  This will make it more of a conversation piece that you can work your neutrals and contrasting colors around.

Of course, pink is one pastel that never gets old!  Doing a pink room wouldn't feel dated or babyish.  That's one of the reasons we love pink--it's one color that can be mature, juvenile, warm, cool, whimsical, or serious...AND!  It pairs really well with a lot of things!  Pink is a pastel that's always on-trend so if you're wanting to incorporate a little pastel, use pink!  It's the safest bet.

We love the idea of doing shades of pastels as well.  This mix of the similar hues helps you bring in a pastel you like (like a sherbert) while also having an easy way to incorporate brighter pops of color that you might love like orange or red.  Doing shades also forces a balance in a room.  It's actually a pretty great idea for anyone trying to reign in their color--using this guideline automatically forces you to harness it.

Honestly, pastels are a lot more versatile than you think!  It's just a matter of figuring out the best way to use that versatility in your own home with the items that you already have.  Don't be too scared of it, though!  It's going to be major in 2016!