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New Neutrals Dominate the Color Trends of 2017

February 28, 2017


New Neutrals Dominate Color Trends For 2017


 From furniture to walls, new homes to remodels, cool grays have dominated home design palettes for the last five years. Look to 2017 to gently shake things up with a focus on fresh neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create versatile color with timeless appeal.


One of the most notable trends of the year is the transition of neutrals from monochrome gray to warmer hues, including complex taupe, beige, khaki and brown colors. These warmer tones create an inviting feeling, and while grays will continue to be popular, look for hybrid hues that blend the best of gray with warmer undertones for colors that are unique, yet familiar.


The perfect example of this trend is Poised Taupe (SW 6039), the Sherwin-Williams 2017 Color of the Year. Earthen brown combines with conservative gray resulting in a weathered, woodsy and complex neutral that fits well in virtually any room. "Poised taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral, and also brings in the warmth of brown, taking the color to an entirely new level," Says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. "Not cool or warm, nor gray or brown, Poised Taupe brings a sense of coziness and harmony that people are seeking." 

If you're looking to refresh your space with this new color trend, there are countless opportunities. Here are four stunning home decor themes using this up-and-coming color:


Cornflower Hues


With its cool, yet warm vibe, a taupe shade is an ideal compliment to cornflower hues. For example, when paired with a faded indigo or similar shade, it creates a charming palette ideal for a French countryside aesthetic. This is a fun twist on a classic is sure to produce timeless results in the kitchen or living spaces.



Organic Re-imagined


Create and updated nature inspired palette in your home with citrus green, weathered bronze, mustard yellow and light, cool-toned blue paired with earthly neutrals like taupe or khaki. This contemporary organic look is perfectly re-imagined for the modern world with just the right amount of visual appeal.



Wine and Taupe


Saturated color pairings that evoke deep moods are gaining in popularity. Taking cues from baroque and romanticism designs. Try a palette rich with colors that are reminiscent of vine-ripe fruits, dramatic wine colors and deep blues. Balance this mysterious palette with a neutral like taupe and you'll have a look that is unexpected and gorgeous.


Yellow Pop


Gray tones always provide a clean, modern base, but contrasting these hues with vivid colors allows you to transform and room into a contemporary paradise. Try using a deep teal and a sunny hue alongside a taupe to create a graphic look perfect for any room in your home.


Garden Tip: Don't throw away those coffee grounds!

Acid loving plants such as tomatoes, blueberries, roses and azaleas get a jolt out of coffee grounds mixed in the soil. It's most likely the nitrogen that helps. Sprinkle coffee grounds on top of the ground or soil before watering. A liquid version works as well and can also be poured directly onto soil. If you are using soil as a drench, try soaking 6 cups of coffee grounds in a 5 gallon bucket of water. Let it sit for 2-3 days and then saturate the soil around your plants.












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