Color of the Year Trends

Every year paint companies select a color of the year from their vast collection of hues, shades and tones. I’m always in awe of the colors chosen and rarely are the colors similar. This year two of the hues are close neighbors on the color wheel. There’s a lot of thought that goes into each selection and it usually stands out in a curated selection of complimentary colors. Today, I’m doing a round up of color of the year selections.


Pantone isn’t a paint company but they are the leading authority on color. Their choice influences fashion, cosmetics and home decor. This year’s Pantone color of the year is Ultra Violet.  It’s a bright purple commonly found in nature and pairs well with reds, greens and yellows. It’s a shade darker than Pantone’s 2013 color of year, Radiant Orchid, which was more of a laid back lavender. If you are looking for a bold color especially in a small space I would consider Ultra Violet. It lends itself to a cozy relaxing feel without being boring.  To buy this paint head to your local Lowe’s and check out the Valspar display. Valspar has been partnering with Pantone to bring their color of the year to consumers for a few years now.

pantone color of the year

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pantone color of the year

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Sherwin Williams 

Sherwin Williams announced their color of the year would be Oceanside.  It’s a rich blue with a touch of deep green, reminiscent of a day at the beach as you look out over a deep blue sea. It’s a color that evokes a sense of luxury known and unknown. It combines the allure of something old and the excitement of something new.  Personally, I think it’s a great accent color with some longevity but as a primary color it may tire quickly as it’s a bit dark and overwhelming.  I’m thinking the best accents would be painted furniture, pillows or lamp shades. Small pops of color paired with a bright white like Extra White  would be perfect.  It lets you layer in other shades of blue, yellow, or bright pink.

Sherwin Williams Oceanside


source: Sherwin Williams


I love Behr’s color of the year.  It’s called In the Moment, a dark sage green with hints of blue undertones. Unlike Sherwin Williams’ Oceanside, In the Moment is more muted. It’s a soft hue that provides a refreshing and relaxed feel. It works well with the concept hygge providing a sense of calm and well-being.  It’s not a bold color which makes it perfect for those looking to take a leap and try color on their walls. For a more dramatic look, pair it with a dark and dusty purple.


source: Behr Paint

Source: Behr Paint


PPG opted to go in a wildly different direction by selecting Black Flame. It’s a dark charcoal gray; almost black. It’s very dramatic and bold. As a great neutral, any bold color will pair with it nicely. I would steer clear of blues and lean more towards light greens, soft creams, dark yellows and bright oranges for a bold accent.


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Benjamin Moore 

As bold colors go, this year’s Benjamin Moore color of the year, Caliente is very bold.  As it’s name suggests, it’s red hot. It offers a a sense of luxury, drama and sophistication. Used in a boy’s bedroom it’s a nod to the Americana decor still popular. It’s a bolder take on the farmhouse look too.  Painted on a front door offers guests a red carpet of sorts. It’s truly a fabulous primary red.

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Valspar Paint Review

Product Review: Valspar Reserve

Disclosure:  Valspar sent me a gallon of Valspar Reserve with HydroChroma technology for the purposes of this post.



I was approached by Valspar to review their new line of paint Valspar Reserve. Once I decided which room I was going to do, I had to decide on the color.  Honestly, for me that is the fun part. I headed to Lowes for a few samples, thinking I wanted to go with a bold color I picked up samples for a bright royal blue, a Kelly green and a hot pink.  I go them home, painted a few squares to see which I liked and ultimately decided they were too bold.  I love color, but tend to opt for more muted colors.


Eventually, I choose a fabulous grayish blue called Hot Springs. I was very excited to get the box of Valspar Reserve paint.  Anxious to see what the color would like on the wall I tested a sample on the laundry room.  It dried a tad darker as paint does but as I suspected it is a soothing color and perfect for the small space.


I have been working on finishing the room this week. I must say it is different from other paints I have used. Valspar Reserve is a primer and paint in one so all you really ought to need is one coat.  Most paints are a bit runny, but Valspar Reserve is thick and a bit goopy. It’s one of its best features in my opinion. It covers well and I only needed one coat in most areas.  We have textured walls and a regular paintbrush was not quite up to the challenge. I had to switch over to a roller for better coverage.

As I poured it in to the paint pan, it struck me that the paint was not spreading.  Like pudding in a bowl, the paint just giggled in the pan.  It was stuck in the cervices and even tipping the pan the paint would not move.  Unlike regular paint the thicker consistency allowed for the roller to absorb just enough without dripping  all over the place, which was a bonus, as clean up was very simple.  It has dried quickly and with very little smell.

The project took a few days to complete and it had been a few weeks since it arrived so I expected the gallon of paint to need a good stir. If you have done any painting you know that paint when left alone tends to need to be mixed again as the colors separate.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that was not the case with Valspar Reserve. The colors never separated, and there was never a layer of liquid on top.


So far I am impressed with the brand.  I have used other lines of Valspar paint in our house and it’s been one of the go to brands for us. I like that it is readily available at Lowes. Paint comes in a wide range of price points and while Valspar Reserve in my opinion is a bit pricey, it’s worth every penny. I wouldn’t opt for it if I were painting furniture, but for the walls of a busy home I wouldn’t hesitate if it fit the budget.

It’s important to me that the first room we walk into from the garage is clutter free and welcoming.  So, the room is still a bit of a work in progress.  Curtains, and shelving need to be hung. I need to find an area rug and a few accessories to complete the look.  Once the final touches are installed I will reveal the completed room.

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DIY- From Drab to Fab With Fresh Paint

A few months ago my folks were packing up their home to move to the Carolinas.  I drove up to spend one last evening and pick up a few of my things they had.  On that trip, my mom had a few things set aside to be donated.  Among the donations I found a fabulous wicker bathroom shelf, Mom asked if I wanted and said I could spray paint it any color I wanted. Well, of course I could, I don’t tell people a can of spray paint is a girl’s best friend for nothing.  A fresh coat of paint is the easiest and most economical way to take something from drab to fab.

The shelf was a dull cream with no personality to speak of.  Can you say boring?

Before the paint

Before the paint

I chose Valspar’s Tropical Foliage spray paint.  It is paint and primer in one.  Wicker can be tricky to paint, and it took two cans for full coverage.

After the paint

After the paint

I knew I wanted to go with a bright green, taken from a new shower curtain to compliment the other colors in the guest bath.

A while back I found the gorgeous drawer pulls made with a silvered glass.  At the time I bought them, I had no idea what I would use them for.  As the paint dried, I knew the pulls would provide a bit of bling and a welcomed contrast to the finished piece.

So, what do you think?