Color Trends 2009

Authentic and Traditional Paint Hues Refresh and Excite the Senses

By Debbie Zimmer
The Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute

Like a warm argyle or paisley sweater, consumers increased yearning for artisanship, authentic materials and design motivates “Menswear”. Menswear allows for a more traditional use of hues than recently seen such as navy blue, leather-like brown and rich grey.

Texture-like finishes and decorative techniques are also important to this palette. Incorporating herringbone and argyle paint patterns provides a focal point in living and family rooms.
Grey, Navy Blue, Brown and BlackArgyle, Herringbone, Pinstripes

“Weather or Not”

Our eco-consciousness continues to expand and “Weather or Not!” glances upward for inspiration. This palette takes a cue from the continually changing skies, provides the homeowner with colors represented by sunrise or sunset resulting in a shift from the more expected botanical hues.
While suitable for all areas of the home, these combinations are an especially good choice for bathrooms, bedrooms and family living spaces.

Dusty purple, deep blue, bronze metallics and rosy redLarge, dramatic geometric patterns incorporating metallic finishes

“What's in Bloom?”

Consumers increased desire for healthy and sustainable locally grown fruits and vegetables provides bountiful inspiration for “What’s in Bloom?”. Another twist on the “green” movement, this palette is inspired by fresh hues including citrus green, mango and lemon yellow.
Not just for a one-season offering, “What’s in Bloom” also derives inspiration from fresh fall produce such as pumpkin orange and apple red.

“What’s in Bloom” is ripe for use in a child’s bedroom, playroom and kitchens. Use in closets and pantry areas to provide an unanticipated pop of color.

Citrus Green, Mango, Apple Red, Lemon Yellow, Pumpkin OrangeBlack as an accent color on trim or doors provides an interesting and unexpected frame for the What’s in Bloom color palette.

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