September 30, 2013
Warm colors can create a vibrant atmosphere in a room design, and cool hues evoke a sense of peace and relaxation. Somewhere within that spectrum, home decorators can find inspiration for a new palette that's in step with current trends. Whatever they choose, Anderson floors like the versatile Bear Canyon collection, are ideal matches for the latest colors.
For dens, family play spaces or children's rooms, there are versions of green or blue - the reigning favorites of the Paint Quality Institute - that are toned down from pure primary colors, but retain a vibrancy suited to the casual nature of these rooms.
Debbie Zimmer, the institute's paint and color expert, suggested that home decorators who want to choose colors for casual spaces that will be in step with trends but have long-lasting appeal should focus on the greens that appear in great variety within nature - trees, ferns, asparagus, celery, lime and mint. The same is true for blue, from robin's egg to the blue-gray tone in slate.
Home decorators can also take their cue from the professionals. Interior decorator Susan Beimler, whose work is featured in the home design book, "Farrow and Ball: The Art of Color," likes to water down colors for a serene feel. In her Florida condominium, she uses tones of sand and watery blue to reflect the ocean shore, but some designers are mixing blue and green in interesting combinations that yield a sophisticated palette.
"There are the greens that gravitate toward blue, which just happens to be projected as the other popular paint color this year," said Zimmer. "Bluish-greens like teal, turquoise, aquamarine and cyan are hot designer choices."
Variety in finishes
In recent years, interior designers have stepped up their use of oyster hues and variations of gray to replace the more traditional beiges in the neutral zone. But just as important as the particular color shade is the finish of the paints that homeowners choose.
While most people know about the basic levels of gloss - non-shiny flat, eggshell and glossy paints - they should also ask at their local paint shop about those that fall between. These include a matte finish that's a midway point between flat and eggshell and contains porcelain dust for easier cleaning. Likewise, pearly finishes fall between eggshell and semi-gloss, and stand up well in kitchens and other areas that retain moisture.