Benjamin Moore predicts a pastel palette for 2013

| by Teena Hammond
Benjamin Moore predicts a pastel palette for 2013

Sounds like some delicious decisions are in store for anyone updating their interior home decor, with Benjamin Moore predicting Lemon Sorbet as the 2013 paint color of the year.

Overall, the 2013 paint color palette is shifting from super saturated, strong hues to softer, lighter pastel shades.

Sonu Mathew, ASID, IIDA and Benjamin Moore's senior interior designer and her fellow color experts annually forecast upcoming color trends to help guide homeowners, interior designers and anyone who's thinking of taking on a decorating project that might add a new coat of paint to a wall. In singling out Lemon Sorbet for 2013, Mathew noted that, "It's the perfect partner for the emerging palette of freshened, polished pastels thatpromise to be favorites in the coming year. Additionally, it's the ideal transition color as we move from the more vibrant spectrum and mid-to-deep tone hues that we've been experiencing in home furnishings and fashions."

According to Mathew, yellow has always represented a sense of optimism, "and as the world seems to be gradually turning the corner on recessionary times, this whispery tint of the color is timely and evocative of the uptick. As for the move to pastels, they convey innocence and typically have a calming influence."

The 18 other trend colors that Benjamin Moore is serving up for 2013 and their suggested combinations include:

  • Combination #1 — Teacup Rose 2170-50, Spring Dust 2150-40 and Baja Dunes 997
  • Combination #2 — Lemon Ice 2024-70, Simply White OC-117 and Camouflage 2143-40
  • Combination #3 — Antiguan Sky 2040-60, Sweet Innocence 2125-50 and Dark Mustard 2161-30
  • Combination #4 — Peachy Keen 2014-40, Dark Linen 2147-60 and Thundercloud Gray 2124-40
  • Combination #5 — Pink Raspberry 2075-40, Blue Ice 821 and Dakota Woods Green 2139-40
  • Combination #6 — Juneau Spring 2041-40, Woodland White 463 and Polar Sky 1674

"We want to help take the guesswork out of color selection," Mathew said. "So, in proposing these combinations we're letting consumers know they can confidently choose any one color for a single or all walls, then use another for the ceiling and another for trims, moldings, and other accents."

Mathew said the main goal in providing an annual color forecast is to help inspire and fuel the imagination of individuals as they take on home decorating and painting projects. "This is meant to be a starting point in their color selection process."

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Teena Hammond
Teena Hammond has published more than 2,000 articles in People and W magazines, Women's Wear Daily, and in dozens of newspapers and books. She also wrote a home improvement, remodeling and decor column that ran in Gannett newspapers nationwide. She's interested in all things green and would love to hear from you with your story ideas.

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