Trending Interior Colors for 2017

by Cassandra McCullersApril 19, 2017

Eager to freshen up your home’s look and feel? New colors can be one of the most impactful changes that you can make inside your home, setting the mood for how your family uses and enjoys each room, and conveying your own sense of style and spirit. Interior colors can be described as bold, comfortable, or composed, with separate associated characteristics and emotions, which can be played off one another to define each area in your home as a unique space with its own tone and personality. As always when considering painting a room or whole house, be sure to ask for and use a paint sample on the walls, to get a better feel for how the colors will actually look given your rooms’ flow, lighting, and access to sun at different times of the day.


These colors make a statement, and work best in bedrooms, living rooms, creative spaces, and some kitchens. Many work just as well as accents or full wall colors. The attraction to bold colors can be very individualized though, so if you’ll be selling your home soon you might consider more muted options to appeal to a broader base of buyers. However a bold accent wall or space done well can really make an area stand out and appear as if it had been professionally decorated.

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Named Pantone’s Color of the Year, this bright shade of yellow-green livens up any room. Lighter shades of green can be extremely soothing too, conveying a cool, crisp feeling to any space in your home.

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Autumn Maple

A shade similar to burnt orange, Pantone named Autumn Maple one of its top six fall colors. This warm orange stays fresh year round, as an accent, on cabinets, or on the wall.

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While some shades of olive stray into the almost-neutral territory, it’s still often a bold choice. Olives pair well with browns, especially leather furniture, and does well with more traditional styles.

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Dusky Blue

You’d have to be trying fairly hard to wind up with too much blue. Paired with whites, a dark blue gives a room a nautical, beachy feel. Paired with yellow accents, blues offer a vibrant, fun, and elegant statement. Bold shades of blue are becoming increasingly popular given the diversity of decorating options they provide, and are often seen in kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.

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Best suited for kitchens, living rooms, sunrooms, bedrooms, and other rooms with lots of natural light, comfortable shades are familiar without being boring. Some are twists on older neutrals. Comfortable interior shades typically straddle the old “warm-to-cool” range of color choices, offering a style that is simultaneously soothing yet invigorating.

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Millennial Pink

Also called Windsor Pink, this peach-salmon hybrid injects color into a room without risking overwhelming the space. This light, soft pink pairs best with browns and off-whites. Pinks can be tricky though, so take the time to check the colors on the walls and against your existing furnishings before painting a whole room.

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Sunny yellows

Various shades of yellow are trending this year, ranging from mustard to vibrant gold to a light, buttery hue. Depending on the shade, yellows pair generally pair well with white, with gray, and with dark blue.

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Lovely lavenders

Light shades of violet and lavender are here to stay, especially as accents. Violets rest at the comfortable border between masculine and feminine shades. Three different paint companies, Glidden, Olympic, and PPG Paints, named a violet or lavender as their 2017 Color of the Year.

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Poised Taupe

This trendy neutral, named Sherwin Williams’ 2017 Color of the Year, sits at the elegant border between gray and brown. It pairs well with white, brown, and most warm colors. Taupe is a good example of a neutral color that doesn’t need to be boring, yet still can integrate with most existing furniture sets and decor.

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The category of composed interior colors typically includes a range of deep earth tones, muted jewel tones, and dark or light neutrals. Rooms painted with composed colors can often serve as a superb background to highlight a room’s furniture and decorative additions. Many of these colors show their best foot in a study, library, home office, or master bedroom.

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A pale, composed shade of gray, mushroom grey straddles the border between composed and comfortable. This elegant neutral works amazingly well for a nice, calming bedroom, and pairs best with less vibrant shades as accents, like burnt orange, indigo, or a darker gray.

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Black Chiffon

This dark gray-black is elegant and masculine, and works best in a study, home office, or bedroom. It pairs well with golden fixtures and leather furniture. Ensure that the room has plenty of light, to avoid making the room feel too small.

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Dark Plum

While a bold choice, shades of dark plum are proving popular, including Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Shadow. This rich color does best as an accent, in rooms with plenty of furniture along the walls, or paired with lighter wainscoting, so it doesn’t overwhelm the space.

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Muted Magenta

A color that can best be described as a dark red-cast berry, this color makes a strong statement without invoking an overly strong masculine feel. This color pairs particularly well with grays, flat black, or even pinks and aqua.

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Courtyard Green

Showcased beautifully on the floors of Monticello’s Dome Room, this deep, blue-tinged emerald gives a room a sense of both history and elegance. Thomas Jefferson paired this color with bright, sunny yellow walls and white accents, but you can also use grays or browns and taupe.

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Whites and Off Whites

Classic white and its cousins continue going strong as popular but safe colors. Whites are popular with contemporary design and neo-classic design, but consider using other colors on an accent wall, cabinetry, or other places to break up with visual field.

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About The Author
Cassandra McCullers
Cassandra is a writer with a background in engineering, enjoying the rural life in the Virginian Appalachians. When not working, she enjoys writing fiction, running a blog, camping, working in the garden, and tending to her flock of chickens! In addition to writing, she has a passion for art and graphic design. Her interests include disaster preparedness, homesteading, landscaping, cooking with natural ingredients, history, and animal husbandry.

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