It’s that time of the year when all of us paint geeks get giddy in anticipation, waiting for all of the paint companies to release their official “Colors of the Year. The 2017 colors of the year have now all come out and I wanted to share them all with you and talk a little about how these colors are chosen. I also want to touch on what trend info we can gather from these colors. At the end of the post, I picked my own 2017 color!
**If you want to read my recent post recapping all of the 2017 Paint Color Forecast, which are more detailed colors, you go to that post by clicking the palette image directly below***
Benjamin Moore is always the last to release their color of the year and they just released their 2017 color last week and it’s a deep raisin color called Shadow.
via Benjamin Moore
I knew that Benjamin Moore’s color pick would likely be a dark den-ish type color. I took a guess at it on my Facebook page before it came out and I predicted it would be a dark den-ish tobacco color. I was close but not quite at this deep and rich raisin color.
I love the color as an accent color. I can see it painted on the walls of a small powder room with brass accents.
I created an inspiration board for my dream master bathroom at a Delta Faucet event in Chicago on Tuesday and I incorporated a little lighter version of this color in my board as a very small accent color in the space (I’ll be sharing all the details next week on the awesome event).
As you can see, this deep raisin color is stunning as an accent to green, black and even blue!
Sherwin Williams released their pick for Color of the Year back in late August and it’s a color called Poised Taupe SW 6038.
via Sherwin Williams
Again, notice the slight purple undertone.
I did not see this color coming at all from Sherwin Williams. It’s an interesting choice.
Just to give a little background, paint companies choose their “Color of the Year” based on several factors including; forecasted paint color trends, real-time paint trends, global influences and even fashion influences. The Color of the Year is really more about undertone than the color itself. It’s kind of like Paris fashion week. What is shown on the runway in Paris is more about colors, lines and style, rather than what we would actually wear.
The paint companies are not forecasting that these Colors of the Year are the colors that we’ll be painting on our walls next year. They are saying that these colors and undertone will be influential. It’s also important to note from my observation that these color trend forecasts are at least 18 months ahead.
So, Glidden’s 2017 Color of the Year is Byzantine Blue. More purple!
The 2017 Color of the Year for Olympic Paints and Stains is a color called Cloudberry. Again, purple undertone!
PPG Voice of Color’s 2017 Color of the Year is Violet Verbena. Are you convinced yet that purple is going to be popular in the years to come?
Very interesting picks this year! What do you think? Could you at least use any of these colors as an accent color?
I wanted to do something that I have never done before. I wanted to pick a “real-time” color of the year for 2017 that I think will be similar to some of the trending colors that we’ll actually be painting our walls in 2017.
My pick is Cool Breeze from Benjamin Moore. I picked this particular color because we’ll still be trending strong in the grays next year but moving even more into the slightly warmer green/blues. Even though this color is “Cool” Breeze, there is warmth in this color. I think this green/blue/gray combination and undertones will be the most popular trend we’ll see on walls for 2017. I have already seen the very slight shift this year from cooler grays into slightly warmer grays. What do you think?
I am so curious to hear your thoughts on all of these 2017 Color of the Year picks! Would you use any of the colors? If so, which one. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by today!
Such an interesting topic and post! I’m happy to see a trend toward warmer grays. I love gray, but prefer to decorate in warm colors … makes me happier 🙂
I’ll be painting my bedroom in 2017, and LOVE the SW color. I just couldn’t get on board with the cooler grays and think Poised Taupe will coordinate beautifully with my dark blue & white batik bedding.
Love your blog!!
Thank you so much Jane! Yes, you will be very happy with where we are heading into warmer colors. It will take awhile (probably 2-3) years before we will trend into a balance of more warm than cool but that’s exactly what the paint companies have forecasted. I’m also already seeing the very slight shift this year with consumers, decorators and home builders. You’ll have to send me a pic after you paint your bedroom! 🙂
chelsea w says
In my bedroom, my accent wall is actually VERY close to the “Shadow” color! For the rest of my walls, I had picked a light grey color that ended up showing more purple than grey, but I still think they’re lovely together. So, as you can tell, I definitely like those colors!
Wow Chelsea! You were right on with that purple undertone! Having that slight purple undertone in your gray, along side of your color close to the raisin color in Shadow I bet looks beautiful together! 🙂
Beverly McIntyre says
My favorite if all the color picks is yours. Not ready for the purple walls!
The purple zone of colors is taking me right back to the late 90’s when 50 shades of purple where everywhere…. Guess as we know time and time again…. what is old will become new again…
Yep! You’re so right! It all cycles for sure! 🙂
I really like Shadow in the pictures, but cannot imagine doing it in an entire room, unless I lived in the house they show. As you mention, you really need the right space for this kind of color. I think I would have liked a dark tobacco-ish color, as you were predicting.
I really like your choice and I’m still drawn to these kinds of colors. Do you live in the south? I am just curious b/c I live in the North and we have a lot of colder cloudy weather. I once painted my living room and dining room in a cooler coastal color, and spent 8 or so months feeling chilly when I looked at it. (My house isn’t well insulated though!) These colors are so nice in warmer climates and weather, I think, because they cool things down, but I feel like you have to be careful in cooler climates. I ended up painting over it with Revere Pewter, and it did the trick up here. By all means, people should paint whatever color they love, just wonder what you think about different colors in different regions? My friend recently painted her entry and living room in Quietude by SW and that seemed to work better than what I had done previously. It is still in that Blue/Gray/Green range. Not sure if that is an appropriate comparison, it is so hard to tell online what the exact color is and I’m not familiar with Cool Breeze otherwise.
By the way, I think your blog helped me again. I think you posted Hygge and West Petal Pusher in a blog post at some point, which I had also pinned last year when I first saw it. When Is saw yours, I decided to do it. I bought a roll over Labor Day weekend when they had a sale and finally put it up above the white wainscoting in my kitchen, I absolutely love love it!!
I choose your color selection. As a matter of fact I have about 5 poster board paint samples all ready to roll to a friends house for paint selection. And they’re all circling around colors close to cool breeze by bm. So, that’s a wrap lol. Thanks for the info!
Jamie @ Happy Chapter says
Oh my goodness, I love the BM color. I agree, small powder bath with gold accents. How cozy. Interesting post!
Cindy Macdonald says
Interesting you chose Cool Breeze. Sharon Grech from Benjamin Moore painted her son’s room the same colour. I also chose this for my son & daughter in laws living area. They love it!!
We painted or guest room in cloudberry with white accents this summer and it’s gorgeous. I love it! Very elegant and comfortable/ calming.
I love it! My kitchen is pretty big with a hearth/breakfast area off to the side. We painted it soft grayish plum & the kitchen area sage green. At first I thought a purple kitchen (maybe a bedroom)! Now I’m so glad we did it! A lot of our furnishings are handpainted with grapes,& pears,ect. everything flows! Thank you for sharing I can relax knowing it’s a trendy color ,and we won’t be painting our kitchen should we decide to sale our home in a year,or two! Happy Thanksgiving! ?
Hi and thank you for a nice article. I was happy to see the SW color of the year as I just painted the upper walls in my bedroom that color! The lower half Is white wainscoting. Along with my grandmas beautiful wooden dressers I’m loving it in there! Now, on to the flooring!?
My living is current a rich purple(accent wall) with the remaining walls a muted purple from behr. I’m always ahead in regards to anything lol. I’m one of those people who get bored quickly, always changing my home. Currently, I’m in the process of painting again and would like something more neutral considering I love colors so I was given advice from a interior designer to go with a grey.. haven’t had any luck finding a grey a like..too,”dusty ” of a color to me and I’m not to fond of white..it’s just too , “classic”
I love Shadow by Benjamin Moore. I’d like to use it in my living and dining rooms.
I just painted our guest room poised taupe! I love it!!!!
patti mincher says
I like the grays and taupe but this year I am painting the whole interior of a house and I am looking for bright and light as my color of the year would be yellow.
Eveline Mos says
Thank you for making an overview. It’s fun to see the differences in colors and undertones. The Dutch Histor en Flexa both have a blue (with a bit of purple) as color of the year.
Brooke Winfrey says
I’m not a super big fan of the purple undertones. I do like your cool breeze choice. We are building a home right now and I chose Amazing Gray by SW. It’s also a warm gray and I feel a little less trendy for when the gray fad disapates. I can go brown or gray with my decor. I plan on having mixed metals as accents in my home. In all of our rentals I like Toasty Gray by Behr. It too has warmth and is a nuetral color everyone can decorate around.
What do you think of the ppg or bm color for a front door. Tan grey siding.
I just had my bathroom painted in BM Smoked Oyster, 50% lighter. It’s very very similar to SW Poised Taupe. Under natural lighting, it’s grayish brown. With color temperature of less 2700K, it’s showing off its purplish undertone. The bathroom has become bold and dramatic as this color is in the darker side, with its original LRV of 23. I’m glad I picked this one as this gets along with the Colors of the year.
For my guestroom I picked BM Sea Star, another color of the year. It’s perfect for areas in the house with southern exposure.
I’m reading this in June of 17. We built our Southern GA plantation home complete with the formal dining and living room as well as the porches that span the width of the back of our home complete with the large white pillars and black iron rails.
Now its time to move from the Charlotte area to Bluffton SC. When we built I fell in love with the look of Restoration Hardware and used the light mint green in 4 rooms. Down stairs in our formal areas we went with jewel tones. Waverly wall paper in kitchen set the tone with eggplant dark red, mustard yellow and olive green. We have eggplant colored carpet next to maple wood floors and e dining room a grey purple. I have to say I have never grown tired of any of it. But it is time to move and time to freshen up the look of the home. Super excited to choose the poised Taupe in the dining room and formal living sitting room.. I think it will go well with our extensive white trim. It will really pop.
Ill use the cool breeze in the rooms we had the color of restoration hardware. Again accenting our cool gray and whites. What is your choice for the rest of the rooms to compliment the poised taupe?
Love Poised taupe! About to paint my open plan kitchen in this color. What would you pair with it for a lighter warm color that would flow through my open plan living space?
Thanks for any suggestions