Monday, October 25, 2010

Paint Color Trends for 2011

Debbie Zimmer at Paint Quality Institute shares three likely color directions for 2011, a year designated as one where individual style rules:

Back to Basics
"Neutrals provide versatility and allow homeowners to quickly change the look of a room just by adding a few new accessories, without spending  a lot of time and money to remodel and repaint again. This is the ultimate in practical remodelings, and the time is ripe for it," says Zimmer.

I borrowed this image from the lovely Chic Provence blog. I like how the homeowner dressed up their neutral room such such a soft pretty accent color that could be easily changed out.

Warm whites, tawny tans, "barely-there" corals and greens may find their way into next year's bedrooms, baths and kitchens, according to Zimmer.

This feels very comfortable to me. I like the subtle textural and organic qualities offered by the table, plants, fabrics, trim, greenry. Photo from Little French Garden House, a delightful blog.

This dining room over at Chic Provence serves up an elegant "neutral" look.

How about this bohemian-style sofa found at Gypsy Purple . . . couldn't you see it add a little pizzazz in a room where walls might be painted Zimmer's suggested "barely-there" coral color? 

I had to bring these over from The LIsa Porter Collection -- for a little white and green inspiration. This one below is also from Lisa's feel-good blog:

I like the green paired with the well-worn white color. Also from Lisa's blog.

Well-worn Hues

Like a well-worn pair of blue jeans, blue is both comforting and familiar. Zimmer expects to see all hues -- from deep blue to soft blue-greys in 2011.

Since it's all about personal style, how about grey walls with touches of blue? This image came from Sofas and Sage. Thanks, Carol!

Since most blues tend to be calming colors, this hue offers a nice retreat from life's stresses, according to Zimmer.

A nice marriage of neutrals, pops of color, patterns and style. From Canadian House and Home.

As a secondary or complementary color, yellow and yellow-greens adds a little "spunk" when added to family rooms/areas, says Zimmer.

A high-volume yellow helps create a bold look. From Canadian House and Home.

Shimmer and Shine

Thrifty consumers who want a little sparkle without breaking the budget should look at metallics and high sheens. Glossy hues boost the mood of a room, in addition to maximizing the available natural light.

9 Responses to “Paint Color Trends for 2011”

Hi Susan, I love this collection of photos, thanks for including mine. What I love the most about today's style, both in home and in personal fashion is that "anything goes" and looks good. It's so all about self expression, even within the trends. So appropriate to the times we are in, too.

yellow and black were my horses silk
colors, I don't think I could live with it. The other rooms were wonderful. I like the wing chairs around the table. That is great looking.


Sherri B. said...

I can't tell you how happy I am to hear and see that the 'white' business may finally be leaving us. Thanks for sharing this bit of good news with us.

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What a stunning post! Thanks for including mine too. I love all these rooms, if I had a big enough house, I would love the black & yellow room too! Lidy

Lisa said...

Hi Susan,
Thanks so much for including my photos for this lovely post of yours!
Warm whites and barely there anything is what I'm sticking with this winter.
By the way, I adore your header. If that's your dog, then you must tell him that my Gracie thinks he is quite possible the most handsome boy in blogland!

*Chic Provence* said...

Bonjour Susan! a lovely surprise to be included in your post...of course the images are not original to me, but to a site in France (I forgot the name but it's on my post)...:)

Great blog, I love the piece on Chihuly below, I've seen his installations in museums, but the!! his work = amazing!

Have a great evening!


Sonica said...

What an exciting experience!/Hilarious! Delightful! True!/wonderful stuff! thank you!
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Metal Wall Art said...

Those designs are really excellent!With that kind of house designs, you will surely love where you live.

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