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Paint Color Trends for 2013

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Paint Color Trends for 2013

Photo courtesy of Behr, Sweet Jazz palette

There are more than a bazillion colors out there to choose from (that's a rough estimate). So when you're thinking about taking on a paint or redecorating project, it can feel a bit overwhelming to decide not only what the right color is for you, but what the right hue of the right color is for you. Dark pink or light pink? Light pink with a hint of peach or a hint of blue? Think too hard on this and your mind may just explode.

Make it easier on yourself and let leading paint companies take, well, the lead. Behr (one of the top consumer paint brands) recently released its 2013 Color Trends report. The report not only highlights trend forecasts in color for the coming year, it also has 20 new original colors to add to the estimate bazillion out there already.

Whether you're looking for bold and elegant, eclectic and worldly or calm and pretty, Behr's trendy color palettes have you covered. Take a look and get inspired for your own decorating project!

Here the four trends Behr has identified as the top styles to foster creative inspiration for your decorating projects this coming year:

Classic Caprice: a formal look with old-world charm and an added spice
Color Metric: a combination of cool, modern tones and geometric elements
Sweet Jazz: a retro and art deco theme with feminine colors
Après Ski: a cozy, woodsy trend complete with lived-in comfort

Take a look at the images above right to see these trend palettes in action:

Classic Caprice. Pay homage to traditional design elements while incorporating a fun, modern twist with Classic Caprice. A new take on elegance, this trend creates an appealing contrast of old and new by adding spice to formal rooms with sizzling magenta walls or painting black borders to frame the wall and showcase the architectural details. Traditional antique accents and sleek furnishings amplify this contrast, creating a space that is ornate, yet still warm and welcoming.

Corresponding Behr paint colors include:
Daah-ling T13-1
Empire Porcelain T13-2
Black Lacquer T13-3
Golden Age T13-4
Belladonna T13-5

Color Metric. Inspired by the popular color blocking fashion trend, Color Metric uses geometry to create unique graphic appeal. By adding a "punch" of color to cool and neutral tones, this trend adds depth, balance and soft complexity to modern spaces. Neutral gray walls create a background and vibrant blue cabinets take center stage. Dark plum creates depth, while a light cognac brown balances with soft complexity. The result is a visually stunning and vibrant look.

Corresponding Behr paint colors include:
Twilight T13-6
Tan-gent T13-7
Matrix T13-8
Electrify T13-9
Plum Orbit T13-10

Sweet Jazz. The retro themed Sweet Jazz is a nod to the days of art deco living. Feminine colors and streamlined motifs capture all the fun and flirtation of the 1920s. Pastel jade and light pink add just the right amount of nostalgia, while dark navy trim adds a note of staccato. Polished chrome fixtures, oriental rugs and exotic flower patterns accent this theme, transporting homeowners back to the days of flapper dresses and speakeasies.

Corresponding Behr paint colors include:
Bee's Knees T13-11
Jazzy Jade T13-12
Flapper Dance T13-13
Heavy Sugar T13-14
Shanghai Peach T13-15

Après Ski. Warm, muted tones add comfort and hominess to this woodsy oasis. Après Ski's lived-in look provides the perfect barrier from a cold, snowy night that can be enjoyed all-year round. Forest green showcases natural wood and rustic materials. Kitschy red, teal and lime keep the mood light and upbeat. Must-have décor elements include cozy seating, plush pillows and low lighting. Eclectic accent pieces create a cozy environment and a seemingly effortless doesn't-quite-go-together appearance.

Corresponding Behr paint colors include:
Pine Cone Pass T13-16
Timber Town T13-17
Ski Patrol T13-18
Gnome Green T13-19
Folk Song T13-20

Want a further-enhanced version? Watch this video that brings the trend themes to life even more.

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