Favorite Paint Colors: The New Neutrals
Hi Remodelaholics, it’s Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange back again to share my monthly paint color palette with you. By the way, Happy New Year!
Some of you may remember that last January, I shared a palette of my favorite colors from the 2014 color forecasts from the paint companies on Remodelaholic here.
This year, I’m doing the same thing as last year, but with a little twist. I have pulled together 20 of the most popular (and versatile) paint colors for 2015 and I have created two palettes; 1) The New Neutrals and 2) The New Transitionals. I’m sharing The New Neutrals palette on this Remodelaholic post today and at the very same time, I’m sharing The New Transitionals on my blog here.
**By the way, all of the images in this post are painted in colors from today’s palette. You can can find the paint color name and brand directly below each image.
Repose Gray Sherwin Williams
Just a little background, for several years now, I have been picking my favorite paint colors for each year by looking at the forecasted colors, consumer trends and comparing to the paint companies best selling colors. Yes, I’m a paint color geek!
I then narrow the colors down by dependability and versatility. I only want to share colors with you that I know consistently work well in a variety of lighting situations and have an great track record with designers and builders. Of course, it’s still important to test a sample, but these colors are all excellent starting points!
Quiet Moments (in flat) Benjamin Moore
For today’s post and palette, I thought it was time to update and pull together a palette of the new neutrals. Neutrals have really evolved over the last two years and now have more of an equal balance of warm and cool undertones. In the years past, neutrals tend to lean very warm with yellow based undertones. The new neutrals are really an almost perfect mix of warm gray balanced/offset with green undertones. So this undertone balance is fantastic because it will pretty much work with any color because finally, the neutrals are truly neutrals (unlike the past yellow leaning):
Balboa Mist Benjamin Moore
Also something very interesting with today’s neutrals is that colors that lean neutral blue or neutral green have become very popular staple colors used throughout a whole home and used as a neutral. Years ago, we would have never consider using a color like Quiet Moments (above picture) Smoke (Benjamin Moore) or Nimbus Gray (Benjamin Moore), throughout a whole home but these are three of the most popular paint colors today because people are looking for alternative to warm gray as an overall interior home color:
Smoke Benjamin Moore
Nimbus Gray Benjamin Moore
Nimbus Gray Benjamin Moore
Whites are also very popular today and are also being used a lot as neutral and whole home colors. More than ever, people are painting their walls neutral white so they can mix and match bold colors and patterns:
Decorators White Benjamin Moore
If you want a more neutral white, colors like Decorators White Benjamin Moore or Simply White Benjamin Moore have very little undertone and are a very safe way to ensure that all the colors in a space will blend:
Simply White Benjamin Moore
Neutral Whites are especially important when choosing trim or cabinet colors. You never know a couple of years down the line what color walls you’ll want but if you choose a balanced neutral white like Eider White from Sherwin Williams, you will never have to worry about colors not blending:
Eider White Sherwin Williams
I am really loving the direction we are heading in paint color for 2015. Consumers still want calm and balanced wall colors because they are choosing to have fun with all of the great colors and patterns in fabrics and accessories.
I hope there is a color here today that peeks your interest! As always, please be sure and sample the color first just to make sure you’ll be happy with it in your space. Also, don’t forget that I have another 2015 favorite palette that I’m sharing today The New Transitionals over on my blog here, with more color possibilities and room inspiration.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out my Pick a Paint Color board on Pinterest here, it’s loaded with over 500 rooms and paint colors to help you envision a possible paint color.
Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy 2015 Remodelaholics!