Step Aside, Pantone—This Is MyDomaine's Spring Color Prediction

Updated 06/01/17
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When we recently asked paint experts to share their best tips for choosing the perfect wall color, we found one surprising common thread in all their answers: Paint colors should always be the last thing you choose in a room. Contrary to popular belief, in which paint colors are often picked well ahead of a move-in date or before choosing furniture, experts agreed that if picked correctly, paint colors have the power to tie an entire room together. But only if each element was already in place and carefully considered against the possible paint swatches.

In the same vein, most interior designers agree that paint is the single most cost-effective way to transform a room—which begs the question: Is your space painted its best possible color? With the wide array of considerations that come with picking the perfect shade for your walls—whether your windows are north-facing or which undertones you want in a white—it's easy to default back to a safe white. But in the name of originality, we picked the best non-white paint colors that are trending in interiors this season so you can refresh your room without needing to turn to the overwhelming number of choices on a wall of paint swatches.

Are you itching for a palette of military greens, a soft interior filled with muted neutrals, or a fan deck of bold sunset hues? We've got the perfect paint colors to give your space new life this spring.

Military Tones

wall paint ideas 2017 — military tones
Courtesy of Wolveridge Architects

Blame it on the rise of military coverage in the media recently, but muted camouflage colors are making a comeback in both fashion and home. Together, these hues create a fresh and understated look to please all minimalists. These tones work especially well in springtime when greenery is only starting to rear its head after a long winter.

Try at home: Sandy desert tones, moss green hues, and khaki colors, which are popping up in interiors everywhere.

Wall paint ideas — military tones
Benjamin Moore Metallic Gold $37
Room decor — military tones
Benjamin Moore Guacamole $37
Paint ideas — military tones
Portola Paints Joshua Tree

Portola Paints Joshua Tree (price on request)

Muted Neutrals

room colors 2017 — muted neutrals
Courtesy of Charlie Ferrer

Beyond pastels, homeowners are turning to muted neutrals in their homes. Off-white shades and grayed-out colors are replacing the gray tones we've seen plenty of in recent years. This is the modern alternative to an all-white interior—and it's the best option for people who want to play it safe without being boring.

Try at home: Ballet-slipper pinks, bluish-grays, and light modern beige tones are great options.

Wall paint ideas — muted neutrals
Portola Paints Slipper

Portola Paints Slipper (price on request)

Room colors — Muted Neutrals
Farrow & Ball Parma Gray $99
Paint Ideas — Muted Neutrals
Farrow & Ball Shaded White $99

Sunset Shades

paint ideas 2017 — sunset shades
Monica Wang ; DESIGN: Consort

Possibly influenced by the color palettes of fashion-favorite brands like Mansur Gavriel, sunset and sorbet hues are becoming common in interiors everywhere. Use these warm tones together for a modern tone-on-tone approach. 

Try at home: From dusty pinks to rusty reds and marigold yellows—the sunset spectrum is endless and most importantly vibrant. 

Room colors — sunset shades
Sherwin-Williams Cosmetic Peach $35
Paint ideas — sunset shades
Farrow & Ball Red Earth $99
Wall paint ideas — sunset shades
Benjamin Moore Marmalade $37

Primary Hues

wall paint ideas 2017 — primary hues
Courtesy of Barceló Torre de Madrid

Not for the faint-hearted, these bold primary hues are often used together, like is the case in this hotel lobby in Madrid. Use shades that are slightly softened from their most vibrant state, and break it up with softer tones like blush pink, warm woods, and moss green. 

Try at home: Orange-reds, vibrant citrus yellows, and light azure blues, which are a softer take on primary colors. 

Room colors — primary hues
Sherwin-Williams Real Red $35
Wall paint ideas — Primary hues
Benjamin Moore Riviera Azure $37
Paint ideas — primary hues
Farrow & Ball Sudbury Yellow $99

Next up: It's official—these paint color trends are out.

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