As an interior designer, I can tell you most designers that deal with paint selections for clients know that as much as we WANT neutrals in the gray palette to be a part of the past they are NOT! Clients want their homes to be stylish, but no one wants to be tired of their walls in a year and chasing the latest trend. Therefore, clients think they’re playing it safe to use gray and white. However, the gray color palette is also a trend that will become outdated itself.
I am finding more and more clients taking my advice by keeping their walls simple and clean — striving for a minimalist look and feel. Right now, my residential clients are taking down strong colors and busy wall coverings on the path to simplifying. Many are hoping that neutralizing the color palette of their home will make it easier to resell their house down the road.
However, as we’ve all learned from the disruptions to normal life in 2020, one cannot predict all of what lies ahead in the next year, let alone the next five years. So, you want to be comfortable and happy in your home now and for an unknown amount of time to come. This is where we get to be creative!
Colors in your space are the key element to creating ambiance, so they should never be downplayed. My clients’ color preferences act as a guiding force for me. There are beautiful ways to introduce color through fabric, accent walls, art, and accessories. The objective is not to be so “obligated” to a saturation or hue of color on the walls that you will never be able to buy a new rug or change your furniture.
Grays will continue to have a place in homes. With that being said, I will seldom choose “cool” cement-like gray unless I am dealing with new construction projects with unknown residents, and not dealing with an individual client directly.
Perhaps you’ve heard of a “greige” color palette. This refers to a NEUTRAL COLOR between grey and beige (light brown) that are warmer than gray and considered the safest and most elegant way to go. In my opinion, why not get the best of both worlds in one color.
Greiges are transitional and offer many functions such as coordinating floors, tile selections, rugs and much more. They look grey or taupe depending on lighting, including natural light at various times of day. If you are experienced, then you also know the undertones that are mixed into the paint formulas are the secret to picking a winner.
Selecting an ACTIVE COLOR is certainly necessary, too. I generally will keep it light and fresh, and again as neutral as I can with just a small bit of color so clients can have some fun mixing in their personal styles and vibrancy in other ways. The goal is to achieve the ambience of a color without being excessive. Benjamin Moore choices with a “hint” of color ~ including Marilyn’s Dress (hint of blue), Healing Aloe (hint of green), First Light (hint of pink), and Cotton Balls (hint of yellow).
If you’re eager to begin your design journey, it’s helpful to begin with a teleconferencing appointment. This gives us a chance to get to know each other and discuss your project. I also travel to client’s homes when appropriate, following COVID-19 safety procedures such as wearing masks and social distancing.
Babel’s Paint & Decorating is a member of the National Lumber Family of Companies, so while I work out of the Norwood location by appointment, I also travel to meet clients. We have décor areas inside the National Lumber locations in Berlin and Mansfield, MA where we can meet.
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