How to Update the Gray Trend with the New Color Trend

earth colors

Greens in nature

WITH 2022 HALF OVER, many of our clients are asking us how to update the gray trend with the new color trend. The answer involves incorporating earth colors! Yes, the gray trend is ending – finally. The current trend toward earth tones is very different than the browns, beiges, golds, olives, and  maroons of the 80s. Colors for 2022 are warmer, earth-toned schemes of updated beiges, blues, greens, browns, warm grays, whites, and greiges. We’re even seeing more pinks and peaches, like the early morning sky of a new day. “If you’re afraid to bring more color into your home, you need not worry,” – says Lili Englehart of Color Confident Home. “Using neutrals on your walls as a backdrop is not going out of style.”

Though we are getting lots of requests for color on walls, clients who want to change up accessories often, or per season, gravitate toward neutral backdrops on their walls so they have the freedom of variety. Others feel calmed by using neutrals all around. The key to creating depth and a designed look with all neutrals is to use pattern and texture. So whether you want to add color to your home or choose from the myriad of neutrals and their hues, we can help. We take the fear out of choosing colors that are right for you and your home with 3 Easy Steps to colors you’ll love!

The New Color Trend
Evergreen Fog

Sherwin-Williams 2022 Color of the Year

Design trends typically have a lifespan of about seven to ten years. Fads, such as the current black and white craze, go out of style even quicker. Besides the normal lifespan of color and design trends, the COVID-19 pandemic also contributed to the new color trend. Just as the pandemic has shaped every other aspect of life, its effects have also reached home design. With everyone working and studying at home 24/7, being surrounded by gray became depressing quickly. As Joa Studholme, the color curator for Farrow & Ball, recently said in a New York Times article, “There’s nothing about gray that evokes wellness….There is a tendency to crave warm tones in challenging times.” She goes on, “It’s all about being warm and earthy and choosing deeply saturated color. It’s about trying something that gives you a great big hug.” Notice the similarities in 2022 Colors of the Year – the choices reflect this need for color. For instance, Farrow & Ball’s Tanner’s Brown, Scotch Blue, Green Smoke and India Yellow, Benjamin Moore’s Aegean Teal (2021) and October Mist (2022), and Sherwin Williams’ Urbane Bronze (2021) and Evergreen Fog (2022) all offer a much needed atmosphere of comfort.

2022 Benjamin Moore Color Palette

Benjamin Moore 2022 Color Palette

Lili emphasized, “It’s especially important to move away from gray in Midwestern states, where six months out of the year are cold and gray outside. We don’t want to bring that chilliness inside!” Updated neutral options, such as greiges and light beiges, instead make the home feel more inviting after coming in from the winter cold. Even some warm grays can make a drastic difference as opposed to neutral or cool grays.

Update the Gray Trend with the New Color Trend: Earth Colors

If your home is currently in the gray trend, and you’re stumped on how to update, don’t fret. There are plenty of solutions to create a fresh look, while incorporating the gray you already have in your home with the incoming color trends. Many people look to only update one or two rooms at a time, then follow up with the other rooms at a later date. This often leaves clients wondering how they can refresh some spaces with new colors and decor without dating rooms with older color palettes.

A great way to avert this concern is to assess the overall color scheme of your home and the new colors you wish to include, even if the rooms are different styles. Then, choose furniture and accessories that have accents of colors and elements from each room to create a connection. Small, less expensive items such as pillows, throws, rugs, and artwork are a few of the many accessories you may consider to achieve this. For example, if you have a recently updated kitchen and dining area from the gray trend and a colorful living room with blues and greens, you could use a tablecloth with blues, greens, and hints of gray in the kitchen/dining area and an area rug or artwork with a similar color scheme in the living room. The 60-30-10 rule is a helpful tool to keep in mind to create harmony and flow amongst the varying rooms in your home. Color Confident Home will help you with a new color scheme, and if you need help furnishing or accessorizing a particular room, we can create an eDesign to help you furnish and accessorize one room at a time!

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Color Confident Home eDesign using the 60-30-10 Rule

Listen to your home

Most importantly, listen to your home. This seems like a simple suggestion, however mixing color and design trends is tricky. We often see homes decorated with competing and mismatched components due to too many patterns or uncoordinated hues. Beth Maguire, the Benjamin Moore designers’ representative in Michigan, best put it in words, “Design for the home you have, not the home you want.” If you struggle to find a balance between what you want and what your home wants, take into consideration the fixed finishes that are difficult and expensive to replace. If your budget doesn’t allow a total remodel, consider the fixed elements and take them into consideration when deciding on a new color scheme. They include, but are not limited to, flooring/carpeting, tile, countertops, cabinets, fireplaces, etc. Any elements not being replaced must be coordinated with your new color scheme in order to create a deliberate, designed look that has harmony and flow throughout your home. For an expert color consultation, call us or send us an email!

Free eBook from Certified Color Consultant

Copyright 2018 Color Confident Home

How to Choose Paint Colors; Copyright 2018 Color Confident Home

With all the questions this certified color consultant has received about how to choose paint colors, I decided to compile a free eBook for you, my readers, to answer your most pressing questions about color schemes and paint colors. 

Choosing color on walls can be intimidating, even for some designers, who could choose colors all day for furnishings and accessories. Color is complicated. Choosing colors for your walls is even more complicated.

If you binge-watch home improvement shows, scour Pinterest boards, and devour online articles on home decorating and find yourself even more confused, I hope I can help you make sense of color, so you can choose your color schemes with confidence.

SIMPLE GUIDELINES FROM A CERTIFIED COLOR CONSULTANT

By using a few simple guidelines, you can choose the right colors the first time. Here are the questions I answer in your free eBook:

  1. Is it best to choose my wall colors last?
  2. How do I create harmony and flow from room to room?
  3. Which color scheme is right for me?
  4. Do I match the wall color with the carpeting, artwork, or furniture?
  5. What are the current color trends?
  6. How do you choose between trendy and timeless when choosing colors in your home?
  7. How do you choose ceiling colors besides boring old white?
  8. Are accent walls still a trend?
  9. Do low VOC paints really cover the same as regular paint?
  10. I’ve seen doors painted dark gray or black in model homes, but I’m afraid to do that in my home. If you paint your interior doors dark, do you also paint the casings and base molding dark?
  11. How do you compromise when your kids want crazy colors and you want to keep it more neutral?

Download your free eBook here. If you still need help after following all the guidelines in my eBook, feel free to call for a Color Confident Home personalized color consultation by a certified color consultant at 248-509-4720, or email me at Cheryl@ColorConfidentHome.com or click here.

 

 

Plan Paint Colors NOW For Holiday Remodeling

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Photo by Cheryl Adams

If you’ve decided to remodel or paint your home before the holidays, plan paint colors NOW! Whether for the interior or the exterior, now is the time to start thinking about your color scheme and paint colors. Painters, builders, and color consultants need time to work you into their schedules and order supplies before the work starts.

For painting, allow a couple days to test paint colors under different lighting conditions. Seeing the paint in the lighting in and around your home will help you choose the right color the first time. Please do not make the mistake of choosing a paint color at the paint store! For exteriors, assess the hue families of the whole house. For interiors, look at all hue families in your fixed finishes. All these need to be considered before you choose a paint color.

When doing a total remodel or replacing cabinets, countertops, tile, and flooring, plan paint colors in conjunction with these elements. The total time to design, schedule contractors, order supplies, and execute the work can take between four to six weeks for a kitchen or four to eight months for a whole house renovation. Check with your builder for more exact times.

Keeping these starting points in mind will help you complete your project well before the holidays and with much less stress. If you need help choosing your paint colors or color scheme for interiors or exteriors, contact me. I will help reduce your stress by using my Certified Six-Step Color Read Process to help you choose the right colors the first time!

Choose Paint Colors (Almost) Last

Find Your Color Inspiration

How to choose paint colors:

  1. Begin at the Beginning – When you choose paint colors, be sure to have a starting point, whether it’s the fabric on your dining chairs or a pattern in your window treatments, a favorite area rug or a favorite piece of artwork. Define your color scheme by choosing two to four colors from the furnishings and finishes that are already in your home and will be staying.
  2. Know Your Likes and Dislikes – have fun noticing which colors you love in other homes, in restaurants, in magazines, and online. Knowing what you like will help ensure you use colors that you will love to come home to.
  3. Analyze the Hue Families– Even whites belong to different but families. The key to creating a look of harmony is to match or compliment the hue family of your new paint colors to your existing hue families. Floors, countertops, stone, and fireplace surrounds count!
  4. Consider Mood – in addition to making your space visually beautiful, decide on the mood you want in each room. A mood is a feeling. For example a peaceful, calm room will help you recharge, restore, and relax, which is perfect for a bedroom. In a dining room where you entertain, you might want an energetic feeling that stimulates conversation. Think of how you want to use each room then use colors with personalities that match the mood you want.
  5. Consider Your Color Scheme for Remodels – When doing a total remodel or replacing cabinets, countertops, tile, and flooring, choose paint colors in conjunction with these elements. The hue families in your granite will dictate the paint color you choose for your walls.
  6. Narrow Down Your Choices – Decide on two or three colors from hue families that coordinate with your existing furnishings and finishes.
  7. Take Your Time – be sure to test the colors and sit with them, ponder, view them in different lighting conditions at different times of the day.
  8. Choose Paint Colors – Once you go through these steps, you will then be able to choose the right color the first time! If you want a professional consultation, click for Certified Color Expert help.

For more ideas, see my idea book at Color Confident Home – Houzz. Also, follow me on Facebook here. For a consultation or a quote contact me.

Choose Paint Colors in Five Steps

Choose Paint Colors in Five Steps

Choose Paint Colors in Five Steps

Choosing Paint Colors

Are you overwhelmed with the task of choosing paint colors for your home? Small color chips do not give homeowners a true idea of how paint colors will look on the expanse of a wall. According to a Benjamin Moore survey, fifty percent of paint sales come from people choosing the wrong color the first time.
As a certified color consultant, I have observed many house interiors and exteriors. Some homes have different colors in every room, while others still have “builders’ white” in abundance. Many homeowners choose neutral paint colors but use different tones in each room. So how do you add color and create a look of harmony and balance?

Break it Down into Five Steps:

  • Cultivate your colors.

Decide which you like and don’t like. Dream, do a vision board, peruse the paint chips at a paint store, look in magazines and on Pinterest or Houzz.com (search for Color Confident Home and look at my idea boards on both sites).

  • Start with the Rules of Design.

Sixty percent of your room color will be a neutral or a color that is a backdrop for your furniture, accessories and artwork. A current trend mixes warm colors and cool colors, but to get it right you must have a mix of textures and an eye for design. Walls with vivid colors can create a dramatic look, as long as design rules are followed and the eye has a focal point as well as a balance that allows the eye to rest.

  • Hone in on Hue Families

Look at your existing furniture, cabinets, and other fixed items like countertops and flooring. Which hue families do your current colors fall in? If your sofa is brown with a pinkish hue, you’ll want to find paint colors in the same or coordinating hue family. If your carpeting is a goldish beige, be sure you choose neutral paint colors within the correct hue families. Choose your trim color based on your whether your color scheme is warm or cool. Off-whites and creams go well with warm, muted colors while white and cooler off-whites provide a crisp look for cool colors.

  • Look at your lighting.

Natural light, the number of windows in room, time of day and season affect the color of light entering your home, as well as how the colors in the room will look. Your artificial lighting, including the amount, type, and color of bulbs, also determines how paint colors will look on your walls.

  • Don’t skip the sample.

After you narrow down your choices to two or three, test your colors using the Color Confident Home tried-and-true-method for color selection, which does not mean paint swatches on your walls!! You will then be able to choose your paint color with confidence.

For more ideas, see my idea book at Color Confident Home – Houzz. Also, follow me on Facebook here. For a consultation or a quote contact me.

How to Choose Colorful Paint for Your Front Door – Lake Orion, Michigan

How to Choose Colorful Paint for Your Front Door – Lake Orion, Michigan

Spring is finally here in Michigan! Now is a good time to add a fresh look to your front door with a splash of paint to welcome you home. How to pick a paint color for your front door? My client knew she wanted a turquoise color, but looking at all the paint swatches available, she wasn’t sure which to choose.

During my on-site consultation at her Lake Orion home, I assessed the color of her stone, siding, shingles, and landscaping to determine the hue families. Because her siding had orange hues, we decided turquoise would be the perfect color to complement her exterior, especially because she already knew she liked it. We then looked at various large samples I brought to see how they looked in the lighting available. Her house faced North, so I knew we’d need a version of turquoise that would brighten the entry, avoiding the tones with more gray. Also, I made sure the color of the door looked good with the foyer walls inside her house, since the door would be open at times. A triad color scheme that added lime green from the accessories on her porch completed the design plan.

Following the rules of design and color, Color Confident Home will help you choose the perfect paint color for your front door. Call me at 248-509-4720.