2017 Color Forecast




As 2017 grows nearer, many of the top paint companies have announced their predictions for the upcoming year’s color forecast. Will we be seeing more grey? Yes. But we are definitely moving away from the greys and back to warmer, earthier colors. One common trend that we’ve noticed are colors that help foster a comforting and relaxing environment. It’s about creating your own sanctuary in which you can escape from the many stresses of the world. Finding calm is certainly an important and sometimes challenging part of many people’s days.

The provider of color systems and leading technology for communication of color, Pantone, has already released its 2017 Pantone® Home + Interiors palettes at the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show. But we’re also going to sum up the leading predictions for you from Sherwin-Williams, Behr and Olympic.



Sherwin-Williams 2017 Color of the Year

Sue Wadden, the director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, told the Today Show, “It’s like grey and brown had a baby.” She’s referring to Poised Taupe, Sherwin-Williams pick for 2017’s Color of the Year. The hue combines an earthy brown with a conservative grey for a weathered, woodsy neutral that’s meant to bring about feelings of coziness and warmth.





Sherwin Williams also provided several color combinations that would look lovely paired with Poised Taupe. See below for Vintage Pastels, Yellow POP, Cornflower Hues, Organic Re-imagined, Wine & Taupe, and Eroded.


Vintage Pastels

Pastels with major vintage vibes.

vintage pastels



Yellow POP

For a super graphic look.

yellow pop



Cornflower Hues

Reminiscent of the French countryside.

  Cornflower hues



Organic Re-imagined

Paired with Poised Taupe for a contemporary organic look.




Wine & Taupe

Rich, mysterious palette.




Vibrant, rich shades in combination with a dusky rose and dark brown.





Sherwin-Williams 2017 Color Forecast

Sherwin-Williams also announced the colormix™ 2017 Color Forecast, which presents itself as four main palettes: Holistic, Noir, Intrepid and Unbounded. Each palette reflects upon current world trends.



This palette is made up of arctic neutrals, blush rose and wild browns. Think sustainable design, a holistic approach and the preference for enriching experiences over material goods.






This color combination is moody, sensuous and dark. The story of Noir expresses our desire to seek refuge from the constant glow of lights and over-stimulation. The palette, which plays on vine-ripe fruits, sets the stage for lustrous accessories and medieval patterns.






Intrepid is all about fiery self-expression and an impatience for social and political change. The palette is vibrant, energetic and yearns for reinvention.






The palette Unbounded stems from global citizenship and a sense of co-existence. There has been a shift in which brands are becoming more principled and over-consumption is no longer desired. Global consciousness and a motive for community represents itself in its colors.






Behr Color Currents 2017

Each year BEHR presents 20 new limited edition trend colors. The 2017 palettes are made up of “livable, fashion-forward hues segmented into 3 lifestyle collections: Comfortable, Composed and Confident.” The palettes have been designed to reflect one’s personal style and personality.





The Comfortable palette contains muted pastels that feel feminine and sophisticated when paired with neutrals.





The Composed collection features a mix of earth colors and deep jewel colors.





The Confident colors are adventurous and fun. They are perfect accent colors.





Olympic’s Top Color for 2017




According to Olympic, 2017 will be the year of JOMO, or the “joy of missing out.” Cloudberry, the company’s top pick, is a serene and calm light purple hue that makes just about any room a sanctuary. According to Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager, Cloudberry attracts those who find happiness in removing themselves from advertising, social media, the news cycle and other types of “noise.” This color looks wonderful paired with other neutrals, like grey, white, black and taupe.