If it weren’t for Roy G. Biv, we’d all be living in a black and white world.
In 1903, the first box of Crayola crayons came out with this rainbow plus a black crayon. Today, Crayola sells giant boxes with 120 distinct versions of the original colours.
That same expansion has happened with paint colours. Every year, paint colourists whip up new colour confections to excite our eyes, soothe our souls and delight designers and homeowners with a fresh colour palette that reflects trends and characteristics of the time. It’s really amazing. Thousands of colours are produced by major paint manufacturers every year, yet they all are basically riffs on Roy G. Biv’s rainbow.
Here are some of the latest colours of the year and 2013 paint colour trends from some of the top paint companies around. You really will find a rainbow of colours being offered for 2013.
Benjamin Moore’s 2013 colours include four palettes with distinct names and characteristics. Artisan, Urbanite, New Traditional and Coastal are the 2013 colours Benjamin Moore is highlighting and expects to become popular. Artisan features warm tones with rich saturated colours including “satchel” a yellow-brown shade that’s described as a “much-loved, well-worn leather suitcase”.
Urbanite highlights the cool side of the colour palette with a pop of warmth coming from a rich gold paint called “marblehead gold” while New Traditional focuses on bold colours like “evening dove” which is a gorgeous blue hue. The Coastal collection’s colours are variations on colours found in the sky, sea and sand including Moore’s colour of the year “lemon sorbet”.
Farrow & Ball
Farrow & Ball announced their key colours for 2013 including Black Blue, Middleton Pink and Blackened which is not black at all. In fact, it’s actually a very light neutral colour, so don’t be put off by its name. They also highlight a green-grey palette, indigo blue palette and a new collection of off-whites and greys.
AkzoNobel North American Decorative Paints business includes the well known brand CIL. They recently announced their big news. The colour of the year for 2013 is Indigo Night, a deep saturated blue that brings drama to any room.
Behr Paints recently announced their 2013 colour trends which include 20 new colours and four inspirational palettes. Classic Caprice is touted as having “a formal look with old-world charm and an added spice”. Sweet Jazz is a selection of retro colours with an art deco feel. Color Metric combines cool, contemporary colours for a refreshingly modern look, and the Après Ski palette contains colours described as a “cozy, woodsy trend complete with lived-in comfort.”
According to research conducted by Sico’s team of colour experts, there are three main colour themes for 2013. Each palette represents a faction of our fast-paced, lifestyle, and are called Collective Passion, Switching Off and Visual Solace. Collective Passion is culled from social media connections and highlights light colours like pastels and corals. The Switching Off palette is filled with soothing colors like Singing’ the Blues Satie White and Arctic Seal where delicate greys, taupes and snowy-whites dominate. Visual Solace is inspired by blooming flower gardens and heavy on pinks, mauves, violets and bronzes.
There are really some very exciting 2013 paint colour trends that create a whole new range of possibilities.