As the year is coming to a close, I have been reflecting on the most popular paint colors of 2016 and what is being embraced by clients and promoted by the industry moving forward into 2017. There is more than one way to recognize a trend, but I am pulling in information from the paint manufacturer forecasts and what I'm hearing directly from my clients.
I often have people ask me if the color they are going with is a trend or a design classic. A design trend is generally a new idea that quickly captures the imagination of people. Trends can last for a few months or years, or even decades. On the other hand, a design classic has timeless aesthetic value. It serves as a standard of its kind and remains up to date regardless of the year of its design.
As a color consultant, my job is to make sure that colors work together in a home and to offer advice on what will last. I have found that a lot of my clients are very on top of trends but they really want a classic look that will last and most are unsure of how to pull that off! Today I will discuss what I am seeing in the field vs. what the industry is saying and hope it answers questions you may have when considering choosing a new paint color for your home.
So, lets dive into it then, what does the industry say vs. what are people actually doing in their homes? Below are 5 trends comparing the paint and design industry to what I see in my clients' homes. (Disclaimer - this is mainly in the Denver metro area, and I'm sure that industry influence is stronger in areas like New York & LA)
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