Top Color Trends for 2014 | Most Popular Colors include Grays, Pale

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Color Predictions for 2014 - Top Color Palettes


These four very interesting color palettes will be popping up throughout the year, both in new homes and in freshened color schemes. 

Sherwin-Williams has just released their Colormix 2014, emphasizing influence from science, nature, pop culture, and global traditions.

The palettes include:

Reasoned - 2014 Color Trends

We're seeing these tones already throughout the 2013 Wake County Parade of Homes.  The "Reasoned" palette is based in black, gray, and white.   SW notes influence of "shadows, negative space, and tone-on-tone layering".   According to Jackie Jordan, Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams, "Gray is the new black, and math is the new sexy." 


Popular hues in this color trend include:


  • SW 0077 Classic French Gray
  • SW 6258 Tricorn Black
  • SW 7029 Agreeable Gray
  • SW 7647 Crushed Ice
  • SW 7006 Extra White
  • SW 7019 Gauntlet Gray
  • SW 7650 Earl Gray
  • SW 7674 Peppercorn


These colors are most likely to be found in a home office, study, library, bedroom, or kitchen.  We found these colors to especially dominant in the Master Bath. 

"The Bryson" is an Urban Craftsman design custom built around this color palette.


Diaphanous - 2014 Color Trend


The Diaphanous color palette embodies minimalism, simplicity, and elegance.  Themes include softness, serenity and escape, with light and elegant colors.  These colors work well with decorating touches that can include silk, chiffon, feathers, natural wood, rose gold, and pale patterns.

  • SW 2859 Beige
  • SW 6052 Sandbank
  • SW 6337 Spun Sugar
  • SW 7022 Alpaca
  • SW 7566 Westhighland White
  • SW 6057 Malted Milk
  • SW 6161 Nonchalant White
  • SW 7037 Balanced Beige
  • SW 7554 Steamed Milk
  • SW 7666 Fleur de Sel


2013 Wake County Parade of HomesThis color palette is predicted to be most popular for bedrooms, nurserys, living rooms, and bathrooms. 

Find two more color palettes here:

Learn more about Sherwin Williams design trends here.


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Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
I love gray as a color: it's so neutral but has more personality than khaki/beige to me.
Oct 10, 2013 04:05 AM #1
Laurie Martinez
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Dana Point, CA
South Orange County Real Estate

I've never commented on your blog before, but I want to let you know that I enjoy reading your knowledgeable articles!

Oct 10, 2013 08:01 AM #2
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Carol - It's interesting how dominant grays are right now, whether as an accent or as the main theme of the home. 

Laurie - thanks, appreciate it! 

Oct 10, 2013 08:06 AM #3
Terri Woods
Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties - Santa Cruz, CA
Selling Real Estate in Santa Cruz/Monterey County

I have seen lots of gray palettes on Pinterest so I am not surprised. I love the look even before it became popular. For some reason, the gray allows bold-colored accessories to "pop."  Thanks so much for your blog.

Oct 10, 2013 08:35 AM #4
Paul Collier
Patriot Home Mortgage - Huntington Beach, CA
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It seems we're finally breaking free from the sandstone-colored neutral pallete and moving in to grays. I'd say avoid them if you live in a place with little natural sunlight (like the Pacific NW), but embrace them if you've got light. And for those who aren't ready to swap out their brown-ish walls, mixing it with  new corals, peach, and aqua is a great way to give it an update.

Oct 10, 2013 12:05 PM #5
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Terri - Pinterest and Houzz are doing more to create new home trends than anything else! 

Paul - good point on the natural light.  That's definitely something our interior designer considers when she recommends color schemes. 

Oct 10, 2013 12:09 PM #6
Jimmy Faulkner
Florida. Homes Realty & Mortgage - Wantagh, NY
The Best Of St. Augustine

I think gray goes with everything and accentuates the other colors. French Grey and ultra white are my favorite where blue use to be. It is funny how we cahnge colors that we like.

Oct 10, 2013 01:19 PM #7
Jason Lindstrom
Keller Williams Realty Southwest - Las Vegas, NV
Your Las Vegas Real Estate & Community Connection

 "Gray is the new black, and math is the new sexy." 

Still laughing, thanks for the update and smiles...goning to hit the Algebra!


Oct 10, 2013 04:05 PM #8
Jaclyn Erwin
Jackson Erwin Realty, Inc. - Charlotte, NC

I've also witnessed the emergence of gray palettes this year. I'm not really a big fan of gray, but seeing the cool ways interior designers utilize this color in new homes is pretty amazing. They also make a nice way of implementing additional color into a room, with the gray serving as a neutral foundation. Not sure if I would like a gray exterior on a home. Some of the homes I've seen with a gray exterior look sad and lonely in the winter, while the green, whites, blues, yellow colored homes pop with happiness surrounded by snow or gray skies. Just my opinion.  Of course every color smiles back at yah when it's sunny outside. 

Oct 10, 2013 07:50 PM #9
Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~
Virginia Capital Realty - Capitol, VA
Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green

It's good to know about color trends to share that news with colleagues and clients.  However, sometimes it's just good to go against the trends.  For example, plenty of people still enjoy a bright yellow paint color, and it does often tend to help elevate one's mood.

Oct 11, 2013 03:36 PM #10
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Andrew - bright yellow is a great accent with a grey scheme!  I was just in a Parade home yesterday that had a lot of grey tones - but the office at the front of the home was a bright, sunny yellow.  It worked well - if you like yellow! 

Jaclyn - definitely, grey can be accented by tons of different colors, or used itself as an accent against a white backdrop.  Very versatile.

Jason - my background is in mathematics so that was pretty funny for me as well!

Oct 12, 2013 06:15 AM #11
Tammie White
(615) 495-0752 or - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN

I recently viewed a home that had been entirely updated. The walls were a silvery gray much like the photo you show. It also had white trim but they painted all the doors a charcoal gray. The place looked fabulous. It really popped and was under contract in a day. Love this trend.

Oct 12, 2013 09:20 PM #12
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Tammie - love that they did the doors in charcoal, I bet that was interesting! 

Oct 14, 2013 07:30 AM #13
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