2020 color forecast: Gray is here to stay

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Home & Garden

Published on March 25, 2020 with No Comments

For the second year in a row, gray is projected to be the most popular hue for home interiors, according to Debbie Zimmer, spokesperson for the Paint Quality Institute, which issues an annual forecast on color trends.

“This is the first time any color has headlined our forecast in back-to-back years,” said Zimmer, “but gray, a near-perfect neutral color, has really caught on.”

What’s so special about gray?

“It’s very easy on the eyes.  It’s understated and sophisticated.  And most tints and shades of gray are ‘chameleon’ colors that change appearance when the light changes, so they provide enormous visual interest,” said Zimmer.

Another reason for its popularity:  Gray is a very versatile color that coordinates beautifully with a wide range of hues.  As a result, it can be used in many different color schemes and with almost any style of décor.

“Pairing gray with one or more neutral colors – white, off-white, beige, taupe, soft blue, or black – can produce a tranquil color scheme capable of making an indoor space more relaxing,” said Zimmer.  “That’s why we so often see these combinations in areas where we seek refuge and comfort, such as bedrooms and family rooms.

“But gray can also serve as an ideal foil for more adventurous color, ranging from saturated hues like purple, fuchsia, rust, and navy to softer tints like dusty pink and pale lavender.  Color schemes employing these combinations can be used in virtually any room in the home,” she said.

Of course, “gray” refers not just to one color, but to many – running the gamut from delicate silver tints to powerful shades of gunmetal, charcoal, and slate.  In each, black and white is present, but often, traces of other colors, too.

According to Zimmer, these “trace colors” provide valuable clues as to what works best with a given gray.

“Grays that contain traces of warm hues like red, yellow, or brown seem cozier, and partner best with warm companion colors.  On the other hand, grays that have hints of blue or green seem cooler and more austere, so they are inherently more compatible with colors on the cooler side of the spectrum,” she says.

Sometimes, it’s easy to identify the trace colors that appear in gray, but not always.  Where paint color is concerned, you can simply ask the counterperson about the color formula to find out whether the gray contains warm or cool elements, and let that guide your selection of companion colors.

Warm or cool, gray is a great color for any interior.  And it’s a color that will stand the test of time.

For more information about color and paint, visit blog.paintquality.com or www.paintquality.com.


What to do with that unwanted can of paint


Despite what a lot of people believe, leftover latex paint can be thrown away in your trash. Though I don’t recommend it as a first choice in dealing with unwanted latex paint, here’s what you should do if it must go in the garbage:

1. If you only have a little paint left, leave the lid off of the paint can for a day or two and let it dry out. If you have more than a little, mix the paint with some dirt or kitty litter to help air it out and leave the lid off to let it dry.

2. If you have a lot of paint that must go in the trash, get another paint can and pour some of it in there and repeat step one to dry them out.

3. When you throw your dried out latex paint in your trash can, make sure the lids are off of the cans so the waste haulers can see the paint is dry.


Paint it forward for the environment


Besides throwing your old paint in the trash, residents in Lake and Porter counties have the opportunity to take unwanted paint to the City of Hobart Paint Recycling Facility, 340 S. Shelby. Here are the hours that the facility accepts paint: 7 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; and 8 to 11:45 a.m. Saturdays.

It’s a great program that keeps paint out of our landfills. Once they recycle it, it becomes a grey putty color. Hobart then sells it to anyone who wants it: $3 a gallon or FREE to non-profit and government organizations. That’s right; FREE! Their sale hours are during the week only, not on Saturdays.

Because the recycled paint is made out of all types of paint, interior and exterior, it is a great product that can be used anywhere, inside or out.

Latex paint can be quite expensive to buy.  If you are okay with a putty color, you’ll save yourself some cash! If you’re in favor of a different color, there are places around that will tint this recycled product for a nominal fee, such as Hobart Lumber True Value, 661 Main Street.

Remember to reduce, reuse and recycle when it comes to latex paint; Reduce: only buy what you need so you won’t have to figure out how to discard the rest; Reuse: use what you have or buy recycled latex paint from the City of Hobart and use what others have discarded; Recycle: though latex paint can be discarded in your trash, if the Hobart paint recycling facility is an option for you, take it there!

For more information call the public works officials at 219-942-6121.

FYI: Paint Brush or Roller

Wrap your paint brush or roller in aluminum fiol to prevent drying out overnight or cover it in plastic wrap for a shorter period of time.

Whether you’re a DIY or professional painter, it’s smart to maximize the use of your roller or brush.

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