Thursday, January 20, 2011 1:00 PM EDT
While some of you would probably love to have the budget to completely redecorate your home every year, most of us just want a beautiful home we can update with quick fixes and small accessories. Luckily, in the grand scheme of things, paint is cheap so if you're inspired by any of 2011's colour trends, you can completely change the look of a room in a matter of hours.
I've been comparing 2011 paint palettes from Benjamin Moore, Farrow & Ball (the new colours are available in February), Para and Behr and found a few striking similarities. Here are my trend colours for the year!
The New Neutral: Greeige
This isn't last year's grey-beige, the new neutrals are green-based putty or beige colours.
The Colour of the Year
According to Pantone, the colour of 2011 is a shade they're calling Honeysuckle, a vibrant reddish pink and while not every company included the same shade, pink is a definite trend. When was the last time you saw pink in a palette not made for children?
Purple, Plum and Wine
Call it what you like: plum, wine, mulberry, or just plain purple, shades of violet are everywhere. I don't call the shots at Pantone but if I did, I would have declared plum the colour of the year. It's so much easier to accommodate into every day decor!
There's always a colour in every trend palette that seems just a little too bright or bold and this year, it seems to come in citrus shades. But don't write these off right away. Used sparingly, these colours can bring some brightness into a room. I'd use Benjamin Moore's Grape Green to repaint an old wooden accent chair or Farrow & Ball's deep orange on a closet door.
What do you think of the colours of 2011? What are your favourite colours this year?