Our favorite paint manufacturer, Sherwin-Williams, has named Poised Taupe their 2017 color of the year. It’s the color that they “anticipate defining 2017”. We couldn’t agree more!
2017 Color of the Year
When we began our trend away from the ivories and into the brighter whites, one criticism we often heard from our clients was consistent. “We don’t want it to feel too sterile.” So it makes sense that we’ve moved into some warmer tones to help balance the museum whites of the last few years. Don’t get us wrong. We still love the white whites, but it is nice to have some contrast and balance. Poised Taupe creates a coziness to the room and brings a sense of sanctuary into the home. Even when used in small areas like an accent wall, it can really change the entire look of a room.
The History of Taupe
The story of taupe is simple. “Earthen brown combines with conservative grey and the result is a weathered, woodsy and complex neutral that celebrates the imperfections and authenticity of a well-lived life.”* Taupe gives a nod to those who love the clean of grey and to those who love the warmth of brown. So we see this as the type of color that won’t go out of style anytime soon. It will be the type of color that looks great in candlelight, next to a glass of bubbly, and as a background for a bright white robe hanging on a hook.
“There is a particular beauty to be admired in homes that are allowed to age gracefully and show the wear and tear of everyday life.” Our homes are meant to be enjoyed, and some of its imperfections came through laughter and life. We’ve all had a scratch on the wall or a fingerprint on a window that reminded us of a happy time or a little visitor that we love to have over. At a time when perfection seems like the ideal, a home that celebrates a well-lived life can be a welcome respite.
Colors that Blend Well
In addition to the neutral of this taupe, we see the cornflower hues as complementary. For example, a greyish blue and a bright white along with Poised Taupe feel like a modern version of a French country kitchen. If you are a fan of even more color, a little yellow may also fit your fancy.
The Importance of Good Design
The final color selection is really all about flow, even down to all the little details. The biggest enemy of good color flow is changing the color palette midway through the project. For those who tend to be indecisive, a professional can be a huge help. Color is a very personal decision. Just like good design in any form, it should be highly unique to the client. At Jenkins Design+Build, we spend our days thinking about what our clients like most. Then we convert those preferences into their home’s spaces. We do our best to listen well so that we can reflect our clients in every detail. In the words of Eero Saarinen (who designed the famous St. Louis Arch), the best designs are “the shapes that the ‘creators’ best relate to and thrive in”. To see a sample of what we’ve been designing lately, check out our What’s in Design section.
(*Sherwin Williams, 2017 Color of the Year)