A fresh and optimistic color palette
By Sunshine Menefee
Better Homes and Gardens just released it’s color palette of the year and I have to say that I couldn’t be happier. It’s a great mix of warm and cool colors, feminine and masculine, and calm and excitement.
This color palette is very realistic. It can work for so many spaces because of it’s diversity. To start with, it stays grounded with the dark slate blue paired with a perfect gray. A silvery green is added for balance. A delicate pink that isn’t overwhelming adds to the calm feeling and adds a little femininity. Add a bright orange to the mix and it’s an inspiring combination.
Play up the blue in this palette to create some drama. This rich color makes a great background to showcase the gray and orange. Use it in a den or library for the ultimate sophistication. Smoke Blue PPG451-5 Pittsburgh Paints
Gray is the perfect neutral. This muted shade has a cool tone about it and can be paired with antiques or contemporary pieces. It gives the right amount of color without looking boring or stealing the show. Foil DE6360 Dunn-Edwards
This green isn’t the mint green from eras long ago. The gray in it adds a warmth and makes it soothing and versatile. Use this color in everything from pillow to carpets to walls. Smoke Bell RL1599 Ralph Lauren Paint
This orange gives energy to the palette and keeps things fresh. Use it as an accent color on pieces throughout a room. A large artwork piece would be a great spot to introduce this color. Or use it on a lamp to add a pop of color. Tango 6649 Sherwin-Williams
This pink is all grown up and adds a feminine touch without being sickening sweet. It adds a touch of classic and has a calm feeling. This color would look great when used in fresh flowers, floral fabrics or soft linens. Gentle Blush 2084-70 Benjamin Moore
This color palette is sure to bring a warm feeling to your home while being comfortable. How do you feel about it? I’m looking forward to designing with it soon! We would love to see your pictures of how you use this year’s colors in your design.