My 2014 Paint Color Trend Forecast

In the fall of last year, I was asked to write an article on 2014 paint color trends for a print shelter magazine.  The magazine’s premiere issue will be available in March, and I am so excited to see how it comes out!  Here’s the cover: 

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My article is highlighted right above Candice Olson’s head!

 

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Interior decor colors typically follow on the heels of fashion colors, but there are problems with following that line of thought when choosing paint colors.    Fashion trends move much more quickly than home decor trends. There are a number of reasons for this:  

1. It’s easier and cheaper to change your shirt or belt than it is to change out your sofa or wall color.  

2. While you can change clothes on a daily basis and move on to the next outfit,  you have to look at your living room wearing the same colors every day.  

3.  Since it’s just an article of clothing that you don’t have to wear every day for several years, it’s easier to take bigger risks with a given piece of clothing than with decorating your home.  

 

kristie barnett, the decorologist

Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray SW7029 and Benjamin Moore Knoxville Gray HC-160, Wickham Gray HC-171, and Chantilly Lace OC-65

 

Home decor styles and interior paint color trends tend to last several more years than do fashion trends and colors.  It’s easy to look back at certain decades and identify the trending paint colors of that time period, right? If your walls are currently taupe, pinky-beige, or gold, you probably painted last in the late 1990s or early 2000s.  Most of us just can’t repaint every two or three years, so we need to choose colors that will seem fresh and appealing for 7-10 years.  

As a Residential Color Consultant, my goal is to help my clients choose what is on-trend (7-10 year lifespan) vs. trendy (2-3 year lifespan). Trendy is fine in a children’s room or even a guest room or powder room, but not in the main living space where your family spends much of their time.  

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With those things in mind, 2014 paint color trends reflect slight shifts rather than seismic changes. What you’ll notice is a move away from neutrals and a move towards more real color and interesting color combinations within and across color families . . .” 

Ok, I can’t give you any more than that, but I can tell you I share a ton of info and specific paint colors in my 2014 forecast!  I also include great insight from color experts I interviewed for the article, including David Bromstad, Kelly Berg, Abby Manchesky, and Heidi Nyline.  Can’t wait to see it in print – I’ll let you know when it is on the shelves and where you can get it!

 

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Ooh can’t wait to read it! Had fun watching your furniture arrangement videos last night. My girls thought you were pretty and loved listening to your southern voice.

Patti Hutchinson
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Patti Hutchinson

Oh, that was a big tease!! LOL!! I can’t wait to read it. Is it a local magazine? I’m in PA and would love to buy it and even subscribe. Can you give us any more information?!!

Val @ Love My DIY Home
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Congrats! You’ve got to be beside yourself with excitement! I will definitely be looking for your article in March. You deserve this, you’ve worked hard and now you can sit back and enjoy the fruit of your labor!

Beth
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Excellent! Do let us know when it comes out.

~Syl
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~Syl

Very exciting and looking forward to reading your article!!!!! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!!!!! 🙂

Mitzi Leigh Hinton
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Mitzi Leigh Hinton

WOW! Quite an accomplishment. Shine on!!! – Mitzi Leigh

LaJuana Gill
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LaJuana Gill

I’m sitting here in Atlanta in the ice, yet warmed by my excitement for you, Kristie! Your posts are always the highlight of any day!

Jil Sonia Interiors
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Wow, what an honour for you. I can’t wait to read it. Yay you!!!!! Yippee!!!

Lex
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Lex

Way to go, Kristie! I would have loved to listen in on the interview with David Bromstad, he’s a hoot. Looking forward to reading the full article in print. On another note, I’m also in icy Atlanta just staying inside waiting for the thaw! Thank goodness everyone is staying off the road this time. Did you get much bad weather out of this storm up there in Nashville?

Max Ruthven
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Max Ruthven

Excited to see the article! I love learning from all the pro’s out there such as yourself. Happy to finally know the difference between “On-trend” and “Trendy!” Just purchased your courses as well 🙂

kelly
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Can’t wait to see the article!. Yay again Kristie!

Claire
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It sounds interesting Kristie. Will there be an online copy of the article for those not in the US and unable to buy a hard copy?

Hannah Dee
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I don’t know how you fit it all in-full time mom, businessperson, writer, the list goes on! ! Love that you interviewed our Heidi! Congratulations, Kristie!

Hannah Dee
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Oh, I forgot philanthropist and social activist 🙂

Heidi Nyline
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I love that you interviewed me too Kristie. Can’t wait to read the article.

Mary CC
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Mary CC

So very happy to see how others are interested in your input and expertise ! Your name is certainly getting out there and I am thrilled for you ! I am the lady who is renovating a 110 year old beach cottage in Newport Beach, CA. After following your blog and newsletter this past year my first paint color choice was a “greige”. It looks wonderful against the white trim we have installed. I would have never thought to look towards a beige with a grey in it if it weren’t for you ! I still need to chose bedroom… Read more »

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