"What? Neutrals are a trend? Come on, Kate, neutrals aren't trendy. They are always used on home exteriors."
"And, colorful? Neutrals aren't colorful. What are you talking about?"
You're right, neutral colors aren't a trend. They are a staple for homes both inside and out. What is new about the neutrals is the materials and combinations we will be seeing going forward.
What you aren't so right about is that neutrals aren't colorful.
My current favorite neutral colors are not the earthtones used in decades past simply coming around again. Today's neutrals are sophisticated, complex colors that would never be satisfied to be called simply tan or khaki. They have more than a hint of color and are anything but boring.
I'm not the only one loving the complex neutrals so be looking for how designers are allowing neutrals to take center stage rather than using them as a foundation for other colors.
Going forward you will continue to see an interesting mix of materials in the permanent elements on home exteriors as buyers look for home constructed with more materials that have longer lifespans. Often the manufactured materials mimic natural materials but are a "greener", more durable product and can be offered in a wider variety of colors than is easily achieved in nature. This is true for the simulated slate and shake tiles that DaVinci offers.
With so many neutrals coming together to define the characteristics of your home it becomes more important than ever before to understand how to make the colors and materials work together. To help you know how to select your color confidently I put together an ebook (pdf) for you and DaVinci is making it available to you for immediate download.
I have shared a glimpse into color trends over the past few weeks so that you will be aware of what is currently influencing design. I would never recommend that you use a color just because it is currently on trend. It is much more important that you choose colors that feel right to you, work well on your home and reflect your personality regardless of whether or not they are currently among the trending colors.
If you missed any of my previous post please pop over and take a look.
- Color Trends 2012/2013: Blue is Beautiful
- Color Trends 2012/2013: Green's A Natural
- Influential Colors for 2012/2013