How Important Are Color Trends?

Did you know that colors and trends will cycle on average every seven to ten years?  Each year brings a new flock of color design and trends.  All major paint manufacturers announce either their color of the year or put together color palettes that will be the “go to” colors for the year.  Most consumers often wonder, where do these color trends come from and are they really that important?  Color trends come from all types of inspiration.  Some designers are inspired by the culture they surround themselves in, while others may be inspired by the emotional connection they have with particular colors.  The two main fundamentals that most designers keep in mind while selecting color trends are the lifestyle of the homeowner and how people will connect to the color emotionally.

So, are these color trends really important?  Well, it depends on who you ask.  Some consumers will put their trust in the trending colors and some will stay with what they like the most, whether it is trending or not.  The majority of people are interested in the trends and how it communicates with them.  In my opinion, color trends help break up the normal color scene and inspire people to take a look at ideas they may not have considered in the past.  One of the most influential trends over the past few years has been gray.  Gray has been used for both primary and accent colors, as well as interior and exterior house paint.  While the typical “builder beige” is still a common neutral in most new homes, gray has been just as popular.  This year Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore both have a slight off white for their color of the year in 2016.  It will be interesting to see if these colors strike up just as much popularity as gray did with its neutral feel.  Another trend to keep an eye on this year is dark colors.  Dark colors are said to give a room a moody vibe, which can be interpreted several ways.  The most interesting use for dark colors recently has been for nurseries.  Several designers are using dark colors with light accents to stimulate relaxation.  Many articles would suggest to avoid dark colors in a nursery or other rooms simply due to the fact that it can make a room look small or seem like a cave.  However, with the right lighting and accents, darker colors can be pulled off and less intimidating if you are willing to give it a try.

The most important thing to keep in mind when picking out paint colors for your home, is to find a color that you love.  At the end of the day, it does not matter if the color is trending or not, you personally need to like what you pick, as you will be the one living with it.  Color trends may help you find your inspiration, but do not let it control your decision.  Always sample colors before you paint, the worst thing you can do is settle on a color you are not excited about.  Remember, you have to live with the color everyday, the designers don’t!