How To Escape The Safety Of White Walls

You always wear your seatbelt when driving. You’ve installed child-proof latches on kitchen cabinets. You cook chicken until it’s 165°. You’re all about safe choices.

But when it comes to decorating, white isn’t the only safe color out there. Obviously, if you’re trying to sell your home, you don’t want to paint everything in bold or unusual colors, but you also don’t have to settle for a houseful of blah.

And if you’ve recently moved into a new home or are just itching to update a favorite room, you’re in a safe place to take a few more decorating risks.

Colors Of The Year

Each year, various groups in the home décor space announce their picks for colors of the year. Here are the “it” colors for 2017, along with links to their mobile apps.

Poised Taupe from Sherwin-Williams. This is a lovely, neutral shade that carries a hint of elegance, yet can also be described as woodsy and cozy. It impressively straddles the warm/cool spectrums, making it a highly-versatile and impactful hue. The Today Show describes it well, “It’s like gray and brown had a baby.” Poised Taupe looks fabulous when paired with another neutral, such as using black trim for a sophisticated look. Or if you want to add color, Coral SW 6606 or Really Teal 6489 (both from Sherwin-Williams) would be a great contrast for a library or bedroom. Their ColorSnap® app has a wide range of helpful features.

Shadow by Benjamin Moore. The company’s creative director, Ellen O’Neill, describes the color as “sophisticated, provocative and poetic, [and] it can bring energy to a space.” This dusky plum makes a powerful statement while remaining relatively neutral. You can increase its pop by pairing Shadow with a contrasting or complementary color – Poised Taupe (from Sherwin-Williams, above) is a great complementary option. A fun way to choose a complementary paint partner is to take inspiration from accent pieces that will be used in the space. Visit their website for ideas.

Lifestyle Collections curated by Behr. This paint company approaches its recommendations by compiling collections that are comprised of multiple hues based on the mood or tone you want for the room. Color Currents 2017 includes limited-time paints that are grouped into Comfortable, Composed and Confident palettes. If you get nervous choosing complementary colors or feel that your style is too matchy-matchy, options like this make it easy to transform your walls. Behr’s mobile app is available for both Android™ and Apple devices.

While we want you to be safe on the road, playing sports or in the kitchen, when it comes to decorating, we want to encourage you to move beyond your safe zone. You just might surprise yourself with a beautiful new room!

- By Janelle Sabin, Nov 14, 2016