PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Individual style, mixed with budget-conscious decorating, will drive
2011 paint color trends, according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color
expert at the Paint Quality Institute.
“There’s no escaping the state of the economy, even for homeowners who
want to beautify their homes,” says Zimmer. “Rather than diving into
large-scale renovation projects, in the coming year, consumers will
search for inexpensive ways to freshen and update their homes. Many will
conclude that painting is the perfect solution.”
By incorporating a few new paint colors, either as accent walls or
throughout a room, consumers will be able to enhance their living spaces
economically with paint, she says.
Zimmer shares three likely color directions for 2011:
Back to Basics
According to Zimmer, “Neutrals provide versatility and allow homeowners
to quickly change the look of a room just by adding a few new
accessories, without spending time and money to remodel or repaint
again. This is the ultimate in practical remodeling, and the time is
ripe for it.”
Warm whites, tawny tans, “barely-there” coral, and green are some of the
colors that will find their way into countless kitchens, bedrooms, and
baths, she predicts.
“Well Worn” Hues
Like a pair of favorite jeans, blue will grow in popularity as not just
a wall color but also as a ceiling choice. “Well Worn Hues” are
represented by blues across the spectrum, from denim dark to blue-grey.
“Since most blues tend to be calming colors, this hue helps to create a
perfect retreat from many of life’s stresses,” says Zimmer. “As a
secondary or complementary hue, yellow or yellow-green adds a bit of
‘spunk’ when used in family spaces,” she says.
Well Worn Hues are useful for any room in the house.
Shimmer and Shine
For thrifty consumers looking for a bit of sparkle, higher paint sheens
and metallic finishes are on the radar for 2011. Don’t be surprised to
see spaces such as hallways and living areas painted in a very glossy
hue, from top to bottom. Zimmer adds, “More gloss means more
reflectivity which means more light. Gloss can subtly create a brighter,
more upbeat mood in a home, but at the same time, it adds style and
Dining rooms and master bed and bath spaces are the perfect areas for
this sophisticated choice.
Coupled with the “high shine” trend, gold will return as both an
in-demand paint hue and as a key metallic choice.
Zimmer concludes, “Paint color is a homeowner’s best decorating tool.
You can change the appearance, the perception of size and even the
perception of temperature, through the simple use of paint color.”
For more information on color and decorating or to download PQI’s free
app, visit www.paintquality.com.
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About the Paint Quality Institute (SM)
The Paint Quality Institute (SM) was formed by Rohm and Haas Company
(now a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”)) in
1989 to educate people on the advantages of using quality interior and
exterior paints and coatings. The Paint Quality Institute’s goal is to
provide information on the virtues of quality paint as well as color
trends and decorating with paint through a variety of vehicles,
including television appearances, newspaper and magazine articles, and
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