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Popular Paint Color Ideas - 2011
Seasons change, the years pass and so do the popularity of certain colors. As decorators, designers, fashionistas and home do-it-yourselfers seek out new color ideas to express their sense of style certain colors seem to rise above others to establish color trends. Black, white and gray will always find their appropriate place and the pure primary colors, red, blue and yellow will refresh, animate, cheer and brighten any painted surface. But start mixing, blending, shading and toning those colors and new worlds of color are created.
The following is some of the popular paint colors from different paint manufacturers. These are just a sampling of what each brand has to offer, their complete spectrum of colors and swatches can be seen on their websites. We hope you will find colors to fulfill your painting ideas. You will find paint colors for bedrooms, baths, offices, kitchens and living rooms. Each color is identified by name and/or number. If a particular dealer is not in your area, other dealers should have close matches in their fandeck or the ability to match the color. Send us your color's brand and number if you cannot find it in your area and we will cross reference it for you with other manufacturers.
ICI Dulux Paints®
Their parent company, AkzoNobel®, says “Our purpose is to ‘Add Colour to People's Live's’ by inspiring and enabling people around the world to decorate more easily and more often”. Their five color trend palettes blend into one theme, ”Appreciation“. See the complete Colour Trends of 2011 at ICI Dulux or download the PDF at ColourFutures™ 2011.
Pop Up Pleasure
The Colour of the Year comes from this collection of bright, zesty, cheerful, clean pastels anchored by a rich cardboard colored brown and enlivened by the deepness of a reddish pink. Create a piece of temporal art with your walls as the canvas by painting them one of these vibrant colors highlighted by a mix of pastel tints.
Color of 2011
The Beauty of Everyday Life
Inspired by the mellow and relaxed colors of blue skies, ripe vegetables, fruits, a vase of cut wildflowers and fields of maturing crops comes this trend of simple, down to earth colors reminding us of the joys surrounding our lives. Bathe in a contented calmness when you see the walls of a bedroom or bath decorated with one of these everyday but beautiful colors. Top off the ceiling with a pale sky blue.
Finding the Way
To get to where you wish to go, first realize where you are. Colors inspired by maps, signage and urban architecture ground our spaces giving us rest for the journey. The color palette contains contrasting cool and warm neutrals accented with the attention grabbing yellow, coral or an almost black. Use these bursts of color to highlight an accessory, alcove, end of hall wall, or that one wall that begs to lead the way.
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