Add Bold and Timeless Blue Hues to Your Home

Whether it’s time for an overdue update or just a little change-up after spending so much time surrounded by your own walls this year, we’ve tracked down some of the season’s top paint colors to help you update your habitat.

By Megan Dollar

Oct 2020

Blue Wall Bedroom
Photo courtesy ShutterstockGo bold, yet timeless, with a classic shade of blue, like this sapphire.

If anything is clear in 2020, it’s that neutral interiors are phasing out and bright, bold colors are entering homes everywhere. Perhaps we’ve grown tired of beige and taupe during the many days surrounded by our own walls, and color re-introduces some much needed, positive excitement. Or maybe we’re just ready to have fun.

Popular Paint Colors

Blues and greens are at the top of the up-and-coming list, with dark emerald or olive and sapphire hues being highlighted by Seminole Paint and Décor Center’s Alison Rosebrough. Colors like Benjamin Moore’s Lafayette Green and Blue Danube are taking center stage this year. Their rich tones are almost regal and are ultimately classic, eye-grabbing statements.

Try Painting a Small Space

If these highly saturated shades intimidate you, don’t worry. They’re perfect for accenting a neutral palette. Erica Hendrix of Erica Lea Design Studios in Nixa notes that many people are pushing bright colors and bold patterns in places like powder rooms and laundry rooms—small spaces that can use some fun and don’t feel like as much of a risk. Kitchen islands and ceilings—yes, the room’s fifth wall—can also be a great place to make a statement with color.

Elevated Neutral Paint Colors

If you’re not ready for a big change, and would prefer something more low-key, elevated neutrals are also on the rise. Benjamin Moore’s color of the year, First Light, is a grown-up Millennial Pink. Rosebrough, owner of Springfield’s only locally owned Benjamin Moore provider, dubs the blushy-pink color the new neutral.

Similarly, Benjamin Moore’s light green Crystalline, yellow Golden Straw and blue-tinted Oxford Gray are all full of color yet subdued enough to remain neutral. Think of these shades as a way to ease in to a more colorful home. Whatever you choose, painting your walls is a simple way to make a big difference in your home.

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