Today’s versatile palettes of blues, greens and browns encompass colors inspired by the earth, sea and sky along with metallics and brights to add pop and excitement. Steadily gaining popularity in recent years, homeowners are taking this trend a step further by extending it their concerns about the type of paint they choose.
“Environmentally friendly low-VOC paints are popular for a variety of reasons, most notably because they lack odor. This allows consumers to put recently painted rooms back into use almost immediately after being painted,” Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert with the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute says.
“Another added benefit according to health and environmental authorities is that low-VOC paints are not considered hazardous waste, so consumers can take pride in knowing that they are not impacting the environment when disposing of leftover paints,” she adds.
With the spring redecorating season now upon us, Zimmer offers three fresh ideas to help bring the outdoors inside.
• Accent on Nature: Just as in nature, nothing looks more refreshing than a muted landscape punctuated with an unexpected burst of color. For inspiration, think of your own backyard: a ripe tomato on the vine, a bright yellow sunflower swaying in the breeze, even a blazing sunset can offer inspiration for an eye-catching color scheme.
• True Blue: Blue, in all its tints and hues, has long been a favorite. In previous seasons’ trends blue has been confined to the bedroom and bath. However, because blue is so prevalent in nature, it is now one of the important colors in home decor. The latest clear, true blues are being used through the house, both as an accent color and as a color scheme anchor.
Blue’s popularity is extending to other colors as well, particularly with the emerging popularity of blue-based greens. The most modern greens take their inspiration from moss, pine and the lush vegetation of the rain forest.
• Down to Earth: Deep, dark chocolate brown, a popular color in recent seasons, will continue to factor into the earth tone palette. However, lighter tints such as beige, tan and other desert-toned hues offer a fresher take on the trend. They are an especially good choice for those that are color-shy and ideally suited to pair with a bright-colored accent wall or metallic trim.
The Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institutesm, Spring House, PA, www.paintquality.com, was formed by the Rohm and Haas Co. 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.