2014 Paint Color Trends: The New Neutral Palette

Paint color can have the most dramatic effect on your living space, and it is the least expensive way to update your home. It can change the feel of the space, turning it cool and energetic, spacious or cozy. But choosing a new color for a room can be a daunting task. With so many hues, how can you narrow the field?

To help consumers with paint color selection, paint manufacturers often curate collections of limited colors based on historical precedent or on emerging trends. Each year, for example, the Benjamin Moore color council travels the world and then carefully selects the palette you will find in stores. To identify trending colors from its vast selection, the company’s team of color experts looks for inspiration everywhere—from furniture showrooms to fashion runways, and even outside the design industry. For 2014, Benjamin Moore’s key concept is a light and airy palette of new neutrals with harmonious colors that are both livable and functional. The star color, Ben Moore’s Color of the Year, is “Breath of Fresh Air” (color number 806)—a gorgeous, ethereal blue that is relaxing and refreshing.

According to Benjamin Moore’s Creative Director, Ellen O’Neill, “We chose Breath of Fresh Air because we were seeing it across several different environments—it’s our new neutral. Our Color of the Year and Color Trends 2014 palette is a direct result of the fresh color cues and pastel trends we’ve seen throughout the home furnishing, fashion and even pop culture landscape.”

Benjamin Moore has designed a palette of 23 colors that can stand on their own or work in harmony with Breath of Fresh Air. Its new paint collection can serve as a starting point in your color selection process. You can pick up the 2014 Trend Card at Benjamin Moore stores throughout the Boston area. Try using it to fuel your imagination as you take on condo or single family home decorating and painting projects. This new palette also helps take the guesswork out of color selection and allows you to confidently choose any one color for a single wall or all walls, then use another for the ceiling and another for trims, moldings, and other accents.

If you’d like to keep up with decorating trends to guide you when decorating your Boston condo, stay tuned to my blog. In 2014, I’ll continue to bring insight and inspiration on all things real estate related, including tips on updating and transforming urban dwellings—from small living spaces to open concept lofts to spacious penthouse homes.

Which neutral hues are your favorites?