Affordable remodeling drives new paint palette, sets trends

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Published on December 21, 2010 with No Comments

Individual style, mixed with budget-conscious decorating, will drive 2011 paint color trends, according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute.

ìThere’s no escaping the state of the economy, even for homeowners who want to beautify their homes,î Zimmer said.†ìRather than diving into large-scale renovation projects, in the coming year, consumers will search for inexpensive ways to freshen and update their homes. Many will conclude that painting is the perfect solution.î

By incorporating a few new paint colors, either as accent walls or throughout a room, consumers will be able to enhance their living spaces economically with paint, she says.†

Zimmer shares three likely color directions for 2011:

Back to basics

ìHomeowners seeking comfortable and serene spaces will gravitate toward a range of casual neutral and pastel hues to create warm and inviting spaces,î she said.

According to Zimmer, ìNeutrals provide versatility and allow homeowners to quickly change the look of a room just by adding a few new accessories, without spending time and money to remodel or repaint again.†This is the ultimate in practical remodeling, and the time is ripe for it.î

Warm whites, tawny tans, ìbarely-thereî coral, and green are some of the colors that will find their way into countless kitchens, bedrooms and baths, she predicts.†

ìWell wornî hues

Like a pair of favorite jeans, Zimmer said blue will grow in popularity as not just a wall color, but also as a ceiling choice.†ìWell Worn Huesî are represented by blues across the spectrum, from denim dark to blue-grey.†

ìSince most blues tend to be calming colors, this hue helps to create a perfect retreat from many of life’s stresses,î Zimmer said. ìAs a secondary or complementary hue, yellow or yellow-green adds a bit of ‘spunk’ when used in family spaces.î

The Well Worn Hues can be used virtually anywhere in a home.

Shimmer and shine

For thrifty consumers looking for a bit of sparkle, higher paint sheens and metallic finishes are on the radar for 2011, according to Zimmer.

ìDon’t be surprised if you see spaces such as hallways and living areas painted top-to-bottom in a very glossy hue. More gloss means more reflectivity which means more light,î she said. ìGloss can subtly create a brighter, more upbeat mood in a home.†At the same time, it adds style and pizzazz.î

According to Zimmer, dining rooms and master bedroom and bath spaces are the perfect areas for this sophisticated choice.†

Coupled with the ìhigh shineî trend, Zimmer said gold will return as both an in-demand paint hue and a key metallic choice.†

ìPaint color is a homeowner’s most versatile decorating tool,î Zimmer said. ìIt can be used to change the appearance of a room, the perception of its size, and even how warm or cool it feels, at very modest cost.î

For more information on color and decorating, or to download the Paint Quality Institute’s free app, visit†

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