If you are planning to freshen up your home this spring, take a look at the top colors for Spring 2013, selected by the Pantone Color Institute. Pantone is considered the color authority for paint and textiles.
A Balance of Bright and Subtle
According to Pantone, the color of the year is emerald. Their top ten colors for Spring 2013 represent a mix of bright colors like Monaco blue and poppy red, along with subtler shades like African violet and linen.
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, said, “The expression ‘balancing act’ is something we all relate to… This season’s color palette emphasizes this need for balance, while at the same time allowing for individuality, self-expression and excitement.”
If you have been shopping lately, whether for paint, wallpaper, linens, home goods, furniture or clothes, you have no doubt seen these colors. Although most of the shades in the top ten are water tones like blues, greens, and violets, if that is not your preference, the selected colors also include yellows and a bright red, as well as nectarine.
For people painting their homes this spring, this variety of bold and pastel tones allows for a mix of calming, subtle colors for walls with more dynamic tones for accent pieces like pillows, rugs, art, candles, and bedspreads. Professional interior painters can advise you on how to incorporate a pop of color in the room with accent walls throughout your rooms.
Suggestions for Every Room
In a recent article for CBS MoneyWatch, Ilyce Glink discussed how the colors chosen by Pantone for spring can be incorporated into every room in the house. She recommended some of the more muted, relaxing colors like Dusk Blue or Grayed Jade for bedrooms, and more dynamic colors like Lemon Zest yellow to brighten up the kitchen. If you prefer to go with something more neutral for the walls, the hot colors for Spring 2013 can be represented in accessories like towels, rugs, and kitchenware.
Linen is probably the most neutral color in the Pantone top ten. It is a flesh/peach tone. For rooms like a home office where you don’t want bright, distracting colors, this can be a good color for the walls. It also provides a subtle backdrop for decorating the room with just about any colors you like, whether pastels or bright.
Whether you are doing the painting yourself, or hiring a professional painting company, take a look at the hot colors for this spring. Pantone even has a sneak peek at the hot colors for Fall/Winter 2013, and as far ahead as 2014 and 2015, so you can be a step ahead of the upcoming trends.
If you are not certain that you are going to love a particular color, or if you have always gone with versions of white paint in the past, go easy before jumping in and painting an entire room. Try out some accessories in your chosen color first. Painting is no small endeavor. You want to be happy with any paint color you choose for years to come.