Choosing Paint Colors - what's popular this year?

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What Color Neutral Paint Should I Use in My New Home, and How Should I Chose an Accent Color?

Interior colors can be so hard to choose!  But there are some surprising trends this year that you may enjoy a lot more than you'd think.

Paint color choices will guide the design, style, and aesthetic of your new home - whether you love colors in Benjamin Moore's Aura, Sherwin-Williams's Duration, or another designer collections. 

Because your home's wall colors will reflect your taste and personality, we've compiled tips for choosing the perfect palette to suit your lifestyle - with a heads up on the most popular wall colors in 2014 new homes. 

Grey Paint Trends 

Shades of grey have been hugly popular for the past several years, popping up as a motif in million dollar homes, contemporary designs, and craftsman style lodges. 

While we do expect to see fewer greys dominating the color wheel, shades of grey - especially those with a strong blue hue - will continue to popular in 2014 new homes. 

Design Tip: Grey walls are soothing, and they flow easily through your home, making it easy to decorate with bold splashes of color.  

In this custom home, shades of lavender were chosen as a feminine accent to offset the masculine grey tones. Clear lavender hardware was added to the white kitchen island. The pantry was also painted in a light lavender. 

Bright, bold, and blue 

This year, we are seeing some exuberance popping into new home paint palettes.  

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Bright colors are all coming in - blues, corals, yellows, pinks, reds - with a continuance of greens.







2014 New Home Color Trends


Blues, in particular, are making a strong statement in new homes.

From classic porcelain blue to navy and indigo, you will find more great rooms, dining rooms, and master bathrooms painted blue. 






2014 New Home Color Trends

2014 New Home Color Trends

















Design Tip: When choosing between a light and dark blue tone, remember that light blues blend beautifully with ligh creams, whites, and tans, while navy blues and indigos make more of a statement with bold metalics and earthy browns. 


Interior and Exterior SymmetryChoosing Paint Colors - Interior Design Color

When choosing paint colors for your home, try to maintain symmetry as you move from the exterior to the interior.

If you select exterior stone siding with tons of earthy tones, consider tans, taupes, and greens for the interior. 

In this photo, the green-inspired interior paint color pulls out the darker tones in the fireplace stone - which is the same stone that was used on the exterior front porch columns.


Design Tip: Once you find a color you love, consider going one or two shades lighter OR one or two shades darker on the same color sample strip.

By staying on the same color sample, you will have two professionally-matched colors to alternate throughout your home, depending on the room size and style.


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Debbie - maybe it's something about the southeast!  We don't see requests for bright or deep colors in every home, but we are seeing MORE of them, and especially more blues.  It's coming back.  And definitely, darker hardwoods are in. 

Every home we build is custom designed to our client's specifications, so these are the colors homebuyers are asking for!

May 06, 2014 09:11 PM #6
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

The barely a color blushes work well. Like white but a glow of pink, blue.. whatever frosted muted shade is light, bright, safe.

May 06, 2014 11:53 PM #7
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Andrew - also good colors!  We have to watch anything with a pink tinge in rooms with cabinets though, they can really clash (based on personal experience that required some repainting!)  Would you do them throughout the entire home as a neutral base, or as accents?

May 06, 2014 11:57 PM #8
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Love the photos showing off the colors. It's nice to know what's in trend at the moment.

May 07, 2014 12:20 AM #9
Kate McQueen
CB&A Realtors - Cypress, TX
Tailored service for your real estate needs!

Grey is new "new neutral."  People are tired of the beige and amber shades that were so popular a few years ago (including me!).

May 07, 2014 12:57 AM #10
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

I know the trend is away from beige and toward grey. Although I like the new trend, a neutral beige, in my opinion, is still classic. I think dark blue in a dining room would be stunning, as long as the trim is painted white.

May 07, 2014 01:18 AM #11
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

I love the colors chosen in the photos; fortunately I get to apply the paint, not chose the colors.  :)

May 07, 2014 02:38 AM #12
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

It is interesting to see how 'trends change' and areas differ. Colors can be so hard to choose - especially to the "color challenged". As Tom said, I'm glad I just apply, too. Thanks for sharing,


May 07, 2014 04:13 AM #13
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Here in Manhattan, I see color trends being more neutral.  Rarely will I see bright or dark colored apartments.  

May 07, 2014 05:14 AM #14
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
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Morgan - interesting.  Do you think that's because apartments are generally smaller living spaces, or do you think it's more of an urban trend?

May 07, 2014 05:15 AM #15
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Love this post and love looking at all the nice photos and colors.  I like color and the drab walls are . . . drab and folks wanting to sell can sure make them pop with a little color, that's for sure.

May 07, 2014 05:52 AM #16
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent

I'm loving the gray paint trends I've been seeing in homes in SWFL. It's a tough color to choose without making it gloomy.  I've not been brave enough to venture into gray in my own home, however.

May 07, 2014 06:16 AM #17
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

We have lots of greys an more aqua's than the blues mentioned.

May 07, 2014 11:56 AM #18
John Jonas
ReplaceMyself - Virtual Assistants - Highland, UT
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Wow, these are nice suggestions! Thanks for posting this. For sure, everybody can find something here that would appeal to their taste. Keep it up!

May 07, 2014 12:11 PM #19
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

That aqua wall is just plain wrong. OK, it might work on the beach in Florida, but it would seem out of place in Sacramento. But I like gray. Gray is the color of almost death, LOL.

May 07, 2014 12:15 PM #20
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I haven't seen very much grey here in NH.  Maybe that is because we are looking for some sunshine after a long very very cold winter that until today has not wanted to leave.

May 07, 2014 01:00 PM #21
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I love color. I tell sellers they don't have to go with beige to sell but to make it fresh and contemporary. Think Pottery Barn.

May 07, 2014 02:22 PM #22
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

I love the information in all the links provided in this post!

May 07, 2014 04:05 PM #23
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

From all those pictures, I really liked gray. It looks so elegant.

I'm having right how a listing with colorful walls.....Those colors make the property look much darker... Every time I show the property I want to grab a brash and repaint it!

May 07, 2014 05:28 PM #24
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
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Inna - you definitely don't want to overdo the dark colors.  It's much better to "accent" a home with a single room or do in a bright, deep, or contrasting color but stay more neutral throughout.  And every homeowner is different - what appeals to one may not be what appeals to their buyers when they're ready to sell.

May 07, 2014 07:39 PM #25
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