It’s the start of a new year and that means the new paint color trends are a hot topic.
Now, if you know me, you know that I don’t believe in decorating by trends. To have a home that you love, you need to go with what you love, not make your decisions based on what other people think is “in”.
If that’s the case, you may be wondering why I’m writing about the 2017 paint color trends.
There is one main reason that I like to know what the trends are: In the coming year, it will be much easier to find home decor items in the trendy colors. So if you are making over a room (or just looking for accessories for an existing room) and your room colors happen to be on trend…your decorating job just got a whole lot easier!
And this year, I’m in luck! The trends are pointing towards a lot more color. Unlike last year where one of the colors of the year was white…I have a hard time even calling that a color 🙂 Not that I have anything against white, but I doubt you will ever find a white wall (or ceiling for that matter) in my house.
Anyhow, back to this year…click Next to see the hottest 2017 paint color trends.
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Green is represented in all shades of “nature-inspired” color. It represents a fresh beginning (think spring!), renewal and a sense of well being…all meant to help relieve stress and let you relax at home. I think these greens would be great in a bathroom where you wanted the “spa” feeling.
The Pantone Color Institute is a world-renowned authority on color and their color of the year selection is always a highly anticipated event. This year they chose Greenery…a vibrant green that set the tone for a very colorful year!
A lot of other companies had various shades of green in their list as well…so if you’re looking for green, you can probably find something you like.
Valspar has a yellow-green color in their 2017 trends list. It’s called “Crushed Oregano” at Lowes, “Fickle Pickle” at Ace Hardware and “Parrot Feather” at independent retailers.
Farrow & Ball has included a darker green called “Studio Green” in their just-released Key Color Trends for 2017.
Farrow and Ball also listed “Yeabridge Green” in their autumn 2016 color trends.
Shaw floors chose a similar shade of green called “Lush” as their color of the year.
One of Benjamin Moore’s color trend choices “Guacamole” is a darker green with brown undertones. They are definitely emphasizing the nature-inspired aspect of the color with their photo styling.
For a green that has more blue in it, Behr included Jade Dragon in their 2017 color palette.
Benjamin Moore’s 2017 color of the year is “Shadow”, a moody dark purple that is sure to add drama to any room. I think it would be stunning in rooms that get a lot of use late in the day, like a dining room or bedroom. As you can tell from my home office makeover (which you can see HERE and HERE), I’m not afraid to use dark colors…so I may have to use something like this for my guest bedroom makeover that I’m planning to do this year!
Valspar has a very similar almost-black purple color in their 2017 trend list (called “Twilight Purple” at Lowe’s, “Black Currant” at Ace Hardware and other independent retailers).
Light Grey Purple
If you don’t want to go so dark but still want some color, this lighter grey-purple may be the perfect compromise. PPG Paints chose “Violet Verbena” as their 2017 Color of the Year.
This color can also be used as a neutral since it goes well with pretty much any other color you want to use. I painted my whole house with shades of a similar color when I first moved in (as you might remember from the before pictures of my stairway and home office makeovers) and I loved it (…until I got bored of it)
More than one paint company had a version of this selection as their paint color of the year for 2017.
Glidden’s 2017 color pick “Byzantine Blue” sounds like a blue, but looks like a purple…very similar in tone to the one above.
Olympic Paint’s choice for paint color of the year is “Cloudberry”. It’s another option for the light purple group which has a little less blue than the other options. So if you prefer warmer purples (that are more to the red side), this could be a good fit for you.
Sherwin Williams was one of the few paint companies that went with a true neutral, “Poised Taupe” as their 2017 color of the year. While it is a neutral, it certainly isn’t a boring one! This elegant color is really a grey with warm undertones, which would mix well with other warm colors like maroon or red purples in pretty much any room.
Benjamin Moore also has a warm-toned grey on their 2017 color palette called “Stormy Monday”. And you’ll notice they’re styling it with another “color of the year”…green!
I used Benjamin Moore’s “Cement Gray” (which is in the same paint color family) for my master bedroom makeover, and it really is an easy color to decorate around. Watch for the upcoming post on the rest of my bedroom makeover!
Farrow and Ball’s selection for a warmer grey is “Worsted” which also has a very similar tone.
Grey is still on the radar as the neutral of choice. Kelly Moore paints chooses its Color of the Year by getting members of the American Society of Interior Designs to vote on a color, and they chose “Kettleman”…so the designers have spoken 🙂 It’s a cooler grey than the previous one, and will look good with pretty much any color you want to pair with it (probably why it is a designer favorite).
If you want a color to contrast with the grey and green, how about red? Another one of Farrow & Ball’s 2017 Key Colors, “Radicchio” is a rich red that adds energy to the room and would be perfect for a dining room.
Benjamin Moore has a similar color “Dinner Party” on their 2017 list…even the name of the color sounds like fun!
The last entry on the 2017 paint color trends list is a bit of a contrast with all of the bold colors…yellow! Farrow & Ball’s 2017 yellow entry on the list is an understated pale color called “Hay”.
Benjamin Moore’s version “Amulet” is a somewhat deeper yellow but is still a similar tone.
Valspar has a brighter, sunshine yellow on their 2017 color list called “Daisy Spell” at Lowe’s or “Dear Melissa” at Ace Hardware and independent retailers.
And there you have it…the top paint color selections for 2017…so if you happen to love one of these colors, it may be your year to re-decorate!
If you’re looking for more inspiration for the upcoming year, click HERE to find out the most popular home decor trends for 2017.
Do you have a favorite (or not-so-favorite) color in the 2017 paint color trends? Tell us in the section below.
This post was originally published on January 10, 2017 but was updated with new content on June 3, 2023.