Selecting the right paint color can be a daunting process, especially if you’re unsure of what you’re looking for. Before I had any experience working with paint, I would gravitate towards all neutral, unassuming colors in fear of covering my walls with something I would eventually get sick of or would clash with the rest of the room. I figured if I stuck to painting using soft greys and warm whites, I would be able to design and decorate with anything I wanted for years to come.
In some aspects, my theory wasn’t wrong, as choosing a neutral backdrop does indeed allow you to go a little crazy when designing the foreground. What I didn’t realize was that in doing so I was capping the potential of a space, relying too heavily on the influence of the furniture and decor. Once I finally gained the confidence to step outside my color comfort zone and started experimenting with new shades, I quickly learned how powerful paint is in establishing the look and feel of a space. Our home office is a perfect example, painted using a stately shade of deep blue. When designing the room, I knew I wanted to differentiate the look and feel from the rest of our house, making it feel like a true workspace. The bold color did exactly that, grounding the room while adding a fresh dose of difference.
Shortly after ringing in the new year, the Wit & Delight editorial team put together a round-up of 6 paint colors you can expect to see covering the walls of your favorite designers’ bedrooms in 2018. The eclectic mix of bold colors included peach, hunter green, cream, medium blue, terracotta, and saffron.
I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but we high-key nailed it; our forecasting was spot on. Saturated yellows fill my Pinterest feed daily and terracotta is no longer an adjective exclusive to creatives. If you still aren’t convinced, take it from paint powerhouse Sherwin-Williams®. Their Director of Color Marketing, Sue Wadden, recently announced July’s Color of the Month: Indigo SW 6531, a bold, deep shade of blue.
Historically known as the “world’s favorite color,” Indigo is vibrant, clean and full of energy. Paint color expert Wadden suggests pairing the ocean-inspired hue with whites or yellow-based neutrals to avoid competing with the vivid blue. This is a BOLD color, not unlike the blue office. Still not convinced to go BOLD? We’ve gathered some Pinterest-worthy inspiration that just may change your tune.
Always looking to share our design POV, we decided to work with long-time contributor Liz Welle, to refresh a space in her beautiful Minneapolis home. As someone who admittedly avoids change (don’t we all?), Liz expressed her fears about using a bold paint color. Although she was interested in switching things up, she also wasn’t ready to give up on the overall design aesthetic she has established since moving into the house. After some encouragement from yours truly, Liz decided to paint a wall Indigo SW 6531 in the sunroom inside her entryway. The decision felt right; Liz was making a brave decision that would bring fresh change, without the commitment of covering the entire interior.
The results: just as bold and lovely as we imagined. The added pop of color amplifies the overall mood, taking the space from good to great. Hey Liz, next girls’ night at your place?
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