Monday, October 25, 2010
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.
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.