Which color should I paint my room? It's a question everyone encounters throughout life, yet it remains equally daunting every time. Perhaps the nervousness comes from the reality that what paint saves us in upfront costs, it makes up for in blood, sweat, and tears. In other words—you don't want to get it wrong. Yes, paint is a cost-effective way to transform a space, which means it can also go terribly wrong if the tone isn't right. So how is one to know which paint colors to try and which to avoid?
For one, paint companies like Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams, and Behr are tireless at studying trends and coming up with color reports. Every year, their teams scour the globe, attend fashion shows, and search high and low for the next big color trends—which they then report back to press and eventually consumers. Curious to know which colors they handpicked for next year? We studied the major paint brands' 2017 trend reports to dissect what will be the most popular colors for next year. Pick up a few tester pots and get painting.
Retire Lilac, Try Ice Blue
Lilac might have been a leading trend for many interior designers in 2016, but next year, paint companies are predicting ice-cool tones like Benjamin Moore's Iceberg and Sherwin-Williams's Icelandic colors, both in the companies' top trend reports. The fresh colors go hand in hand with the minimal Scandinavian interiors that are growing in popularity.
Pro tip: Try icy blue tones on your kitchen cabinets.
Retire Mint, Try Guacamole
Mint was everywhere in 2016, but 2017 predicts deeper more sophisticated olive tones to dominate interiors everywhere. These darker tones were prominently featured in both Benjamin Moore's and Sherwin-Williams's trend reports.
Pro tip: Pair them with fresh ice-blue tones for an unexpected and decidedly modern twist.
Retire Gray, Try Sand
Gray was the color of the year according to Pinterest, but for 2017, we're expecting warmer tones to enter the minimalistic landscape. Companies Behr and Benjamin Moore both predict sand tones to be big next year.
Pro tip: Try two-tone walls and tone-on-tone décor to give your taupe tones a modern take.
Retire Blush, Try Dusty Rose
Rose Quartz was the color of the year, Pantone told us in 2016, but this coming year, pinks will become decidedly darker and dustier. Old rose tones are at the forefront of trend reports for 2017.
Pro tip: Paint the walls—and ceiling—for a modern take on old rose and a cozy effect that's ideal for small spaces.
Retire Navy, Try Sealskin
Retire Fiery Red, Try Mustard
This year marked the return of fire-engine red and other similarly bold tones. Next year is no different, with more bold tones entering the paint landscape, but the trend steers closer to mustard yellows.
Pro tip: If you're feeling too color-averse to paint an entire room bright yellow, infuse your interior with mustard accents.
Retire Pewter, Try Greige
Pewter is an iconic paint color that's been adopted by interior designers for years, but this year's grays are steering toward lighter greige tones.
Pro tip: Introduce texture in your paint with a Venetian plaster finish.