Color Trends for 2010

What colors are going to be in for 2010? That’s the question designers, decorators and home goods manufactures are trying to determine.

The Paint Quality Institute recently released its color trends for 2010 as consumers continue to take their cues from today’s soft economy and a variety of social influences.

In addition, the institute says, living space personalization continues to act as a driver for color change, with accent walls or niche areas appropriate for small doses of high impact, bold color while using more subtle hues on broad wall areas.

“More and more home owners are taking on the task of simple home projects to save money and improve their current space,” said Debbie Zimmer, a paint and color expert with the Paint Quality Institute. “Conversely, others are sprucing up in preparation for placing their home on the market.”

No matter what paint color is used, home owners continue to strive for comfortable, tranquil home environments, according to the institute.

Good Morning Palette

“While over-the-top renovations aren’t the norm today, handy home owners are tackling small manageable home improvements such as the addition of a morning kitchen to a bedroom or home office.

Aimed at creating warm and functional spaces, the Good Morning palette consists of hues that are fresh, clean and comfortable. Appropriate color recommendations from the institute include honey-like hues (such as tan or pale gold), coral, yellow and mineral grey.

Good Night

“The inspiration for the Good Night palette comes from above — the ceiling,” said Zimmer. As an alternative to white ceilings, the institute recommends painting the ceiling in a tint, tone or shade of the wall color or adding a softer touch by paring pastel hues.

“From pastels to deep tones, Good Night hues, as you might expect, are especially useful in bedrooms and baths or to warm up a family space,” said Zimmer.

Color recommendations include pastel hues (particularly pale blue or shell pink for ceilings), midnight blue, eggplant and wine.

Good Bye

Home staging continues to grow in popularity as property owners look for home sale assistance, according to the institute.

“The Good Bye palette reflects an assortment of simplistic hues that work across a variety of spaces, creating a welcoming first impression and suitable backdrop for any living area,” said Zimmer.

This classic palette is suitable for all areas, she said, and is an especially good choice for foyers, kitchens and family living spaces.

Color recommendations include khaki paired with crisp white, mid-toned blues, off-white/bisque and black.