Pantone True Red (2002)
For a knockout accent color, you can’t beat red. This patriotic hue, also the color of life and good fortune, really shines on a dining room accent wall.
Benjamin Moore Breath of Fresh Air (2014)
When Benjamin Moore unveiled its 2014 Color of the Year, the company announced that they wanted "to be sure you’re fully in the moment.” If any paint has that power, it is this airy, pale blue. Perfect for living rooms, bedrooms, and pretty much any space that needs a dose of calm, Breath of Fresh Air lives up to its name.
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Valspar Wedding Cake (2017)
You can never go wrong with white. Or can you? There are hundreds of different shades, so making a selection can be tough. Try Wedding Cake, one of Valspar’s 2017 colors of the year. This white has a tinge of warm gray, giving it a light, misty feel.
Behr Black Lacquer (2013)
If black paint seems too stark, choose Black Lacquer, a deep, rich gray. Part of Behr’s 2013 Color Trend Collection, this sophisticated neutral pairs well with jewel tones as well as cool whites and lighter grays.
Pantone Sand Dollar (2006)
Sand Dollar has a shell-like luminosity that will never go out of style. With its natural, organic vibe, this appealing, organic neutral may have been Pantone's calming antidote to the subprime mortgage crisis. The name also captures the sand-like quality of money—how easily it trickles away.
Sherwin-Williams Grays (2010s)
For the color-makers at Sherwin-Williams, 2010 was the decade of gray. In home decor, stainless steel and cooler industrial tones overtook bronze and taupe. Give your home a sleek makeover with this palette of seven ideal shades, from Snowbound to Tricorn Black.
Pantone Marsala (2015)
In today's world where it's so easy to feel ungrounded, Pantone's Marsala evokes “confidence and stability” as well as connectedness and warmth. Enhance your living room, bathrooms, or den with this spicy red-brown.
Sherwin-Williams Oceanside (2018)
A rich blue-green that suits a Mediterranean-inspired traditional as well as a cool contemporary, Oceanside is an instant classic. Feel free to paint an entire room this vivid shade, or use it as an accent wherever you want to spark a little joy.
Pantone Cerulean (2000)
Cerulean was not only the color of the year, it's the color of the millennium! Pantone chose this pure sky blue for its focus on the future, inspiring us to keep looking upward and moving onward.
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Sherwin-Williams Studio Mauve (1920s)
For shades that have really stood the test of time, check out Sherwin-Williams’ historic paint collections. Studio Mauve, a dusty lavender from the 1920s, is a top choice for children’s rooms, and can be striking in adult rooms, too, especially when paired with beautiful rich browns.
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