If there were a color that defined 2016, it would be gray. Whether you wanted to stage your home to sell quickly or paint it a color you’d love to live with, a light gray would be the choice for you.
But 2017 is taking a bolder stance, going for jewel tones, calling back colors from as far back as the ’80s and giving them a fresh, new look.
One of our favorites to come to the front of the class is Admiralty, a blackened blue that leans toward navy.
Kati, at So Happy Home, used a rich color like this in her renovated living room.
Here’s a view of the space, that shows how beautiful the color is against a brightly patterned chair, and in the play of light from the window.
This New York living room was inspired by the navy Chesterfield sofa and the room’s good bones. The owner, Laura, chose a high-gloss paint to bring out the lines of the sofa and the rooms elegant architectural details.
A New York City apartment transformed its dining room into a library. Designer Ashley Whittaker mixed half Gentleman’s Gray and half Twilight to get a rich, almost-nautical blue. “It’s very sunny,” she said, “but we tamed the brightness with Prussian blue.”
In a play on the primary color scheme of red, yellow and blue, this north-facing drawing room blends a green-yellow bespoke chair, red accessories, and dark gray-blue walls.
Watch for this blue-gray color to trend in 2017, as we transition from the light-gray of last year to this year’s bolder hues.