The Sherwin-Williams 2013 Color Forecast has been release and as usual, I love it. With a fondness for all colors at one point or another, I think just creating palettes is enjoyable. I think they’re a little piece of art all on their own.
Starting with the Midnight Mystery palette, we dive into a world of moody jewel tones and earth inspired neutrals. I like that the mustard is a bit muddy compared to recent saturated versions that have been popular and the subtle take on purple with the bottom right color, Plum Brown. Perfect for cozy walls in the winter with a warming fire in the fireplace.
Next up, Honed Vitality presents what I would refer to a color neutrals. I think most of this palette could be used in such a way that they inject a bit of life and color without reading as full colors. The top left, Silver Strand will lend life to a space by changing colors as the daylight changes. At the end of the evening, this warm grey would make an inviting room to end the evening, perhaps a dining room dinner party?
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Vintage Moxie takes the popular somewhat neon pastels of past days and saturates them a bit. You see a bolder almost sea foam nod to the soft mint that’s been spotted everywhere and the icy blue gets replaced with a pale robin’s egg blue. I’m happy to see the yellowed avocado in Independent Gold, I love using this a punchy painted furniture piece. I love the dark and light neutral in this palette. Try the Darkroom on trim and interior doors and that gauzy white could lend to a gallery space without being too stark.
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For the color lovers among you, High Voltage should satisfy for the brights and leftover neons from our recurrent 80’s trends of last year. My favorite for pops of color to add to a neutral home? I pick the limey Eye Catching and the pinker coral of Gladiola. That Frank Blue has been a long stand in for royal in my world. Just waiting for the day when I can paint some built-in cabinets in a glossy just-a-bit-electric blue.
I think what I like most about this collection of palettes is that you can pull from multiple palettes and still create a cohesive look. You’ll see in the photos that even though some of the pieces represent a specific color in one of the palettes, there’s always a color from one of the other palettes mixed in. This lesson is one to take with you, always a bit of the unexpected when you think you might be finished and you’ll end up with quite an interesting space.