It's no secret that décor trends follow fashion. Color powerhouse Pantone typically releases its color trend reports shortly after fashion week, and the same hues can typically be found in designer collections and paint trend reports. "I've always found so much inspiration in fashion and often look to the fashion week runways to inspire interesting new color combinations and trends," says Nicole Gibbons, interior designer and founder of Clare, a new direct-to-consumer paint brand.
Playing with trending colors doesn't always have to involve painting whole walls. "When it comes to seasonal refreshes, I love incorporating new colors and themes via accessories and small decorative items around the home. Think soft goods like pillows, throws, and bedding, or decorative items like vases, small furniture like ottomans, or even artwork," she adds. But if you are looking to play with paint—whether you're painting an entire room or just a door—we asked Gibbons to share her latest findings on the top 10 color trends she saw on runways this past NYFW.
Get your rollers ready. These paint colors are about to be everywhere.
Ocean Blue Hues
"Cool blue hues were present on lots of S/S 19 runways. In interiors, blues are so timeless and classic," says Gibbons. "Soft blues and airy aquas dominated the runways."
"Nairobi, from the Maasai phrase 'Enkare Nyrobi,' translates to cool water. This fresh, light blue definitely reminds us of cool waters, cloudless skies, and a magical red carpet moment that put this heavenly blue hue in the spotlight."
"A universal favorite, this soft and airy blue-green hue brings a sense of calm to any space."
"I'm a fan of timeless pieces and love a crisp white shirtdress," adds Gibbons. "I was happy to see the return of the shirtdress and I'll definitely be rocking my crisp whites next spring."
"Think of your favorite white pair, straight out the box. That's the feeling of this one. Fresh and modern, this is our cleanest, brightest white, with no undertones."
"Like a serene winter wonderland the morning after a first snowfall. This is our coolest white, with just a touch of warmth to liven it up."
"Love seeing a bold bright yellow on the runway," says Gibbons. "I may be partial to this golden hue, considering it is the Clare brand color."
"Bask in the warm, sunny glow of this rich, deep yellow. Like that unforgettable sunset you can't stop snapping, it'll drench your space in lovely golden tones."
Trench Coat Beige
"A neutral trench coat is the ultimate spring staple," adds Gibbons. "Designers made a monochromatic statement this year creating all-beige looks inspired by the classic trench."
"A fresh, modern beige with reddish undertones and a sophisticated, welcoming vibe."
"This sandy beige asserts itself without having to say a lot. Lighter than Turbinado, deeper than No Filter, and with subtle red undertones, it's neutral, natural, and nice for any space."
"I'm living for lavender at the moment," says Gibbons. "I loved seeing this trend on the runway and I've been seeing a lot of moody purples in the home space."
"A mysterious, medium dusty purple straight out of the Milky Way."
"Like periwinkle, but a little more muted. We call it Wink for short. A light, lovely purple with a hint of gray sure to brighten up your space, like the pretty perennial that inspired it."
"Blush pink in the spring has become the new neutral," adds Gibbons. "Designers such as Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta, and Tibi incorporated this light pink in their S/S 19 collections, and it’s such a beautiful, sophisticated color for interiors as well."
"A pale, sophisticated, barely there pink, inspired by our favorite all-ladies social club that made pink our new favorite neutral."
"A classic pink—soft, warm, and sweet."
"There's nothing more stunning than a deep bold red," says Gibbons. "It makes a bold statement and adds lots of drama to a room."
"Deep, red, and delicious. A striking hue named in honor of NYC—Clare HQ's hometown and the greatest city in the world."
"There's nothing like a good pair of denim," adds Gibbons. "It's timeless all year round, and denim was definitely present across the S/S 19 collections. Blue denim is such a classic we named a paint color after it!"
"A medium, grayish blue you can count on, just like your favorite pair of broken-in denim."
"A true, medium blue with a big personality. This stylish hue gives off boss vibes wherever it goes, just like our favorite celebrity duo and their offspring."
"Olive green is another one of those colors in fashion that has become a new neutral," explains Gibbons. Similar to classics like navy or blush pink, it pairs well with almost any complementary color. Also, during the spring season, it definitely evokes the spirit of nature and all the greenery present during spring. Jonathan Simkhai, Tanya Taylor, and Tory Burch, as well as many other designers, had the right idea incorporating cloudy greens in their collection."
"For those who like it shaken or stirred. This cloudy olive green classic makes a sophisticated statement in any room."
"The shade of crisp dollar bills. And an homage to one of our musical favorites."
"Classic spring green is also a key color of the season and is super energizing after a cold, snowy winter," says Gibbons. "Designers such as Self-Portrait, Whistles, and Cienne made bold statements with daring matcha green looks on the runway this fashion week."
"A bold, rich green that’s energizing like its namesake."