COMFORTING, EXCITING HUES FOR HOME
From spicy color combinations to hues that warm the soul, 2007 color trends contain palettes that work independently as a “statement color” or as a subtle backdrop where home furnishings and accessories take center stage.
“Many of these palettes will find a home in rooms from coast to coast,” says Debbie Zimmer, color and decorating expert for the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute and member of the Color Marketing Group (CMG), an international organization that helps shape the latest color trends.
“What I enjoy most about our palette grouping this year is the homey and nature-like quality afforded by each.”
• Comfort Colors: Biscuit and wheat neutrals, cocoa brown, pumpkin orange and cinnamon apple pie are just a few of the comfort colors that will wrap rooms with warmth and promote a stress-free space. The comfort color palette is an especially good choice for kitchens and family rooms.
• Back to Nature: Yellows and blues, leaf-like greens, along with organic browns combine to bring the outdoors in. Add translucency and a glass-like quality by incorporating varying paint sheen levels. As a subtle accent color, add rust or copper-like metallics into the scheme. Bedrooms and bathrooms are perfect places to incorporate the back-to-nature hues or in rooms where an accent wall is employed.
• Stark Contrast: From clean, clear reds and deep plums to the sophistication of black and white, this color group works both as an accent and as an elegant backdrop for many living spaces. Polished brass metallics complement this scheme. Dining, living rooms and especially powder rooms will benefit from this bold and spicy palette.
The Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute, Spring House, PA, was formed by the Rohm and Haas Co., a worldwide producer of specialty materials, in 1989 with a charter of independence and objectivity to educate painters everywhere on the advantages of using high quality paint, as well as to inspire them with information on innovative ways to use paint and decorating and color trends. Visit the Paint Quality Institute at www.paintquality.com.