Looking for a big change inside your home? Start with the paint.
“Color sets the mood in a house,” says Michelle Hansen-Yeager, color consultant at Haley Paint, with locations in Ardmore, Paoli, West Chester and Exton.
Earth tones are among the hottest hues for fall, and Benjamin Moore’s Aura line offers more than 140 varieties—all of them eco-friendly with low VOCs. Warm colors like taupe and tan always have a place in a home’s décor. “Neutrals are richer now,” says Hansen-Yeager. “There’s much more depth to the colors.”
So what’s the perfect neutral? “There’s no such thing,” says Hansen-Yeager. “There are hundreds of neutral colors. It’s a personal decision that’s based on lighting and accessories in the room. People get stressed out more about off-white than any other color.”
Gray is another popular option—and it comes in a range of hues, from warm to cool. It’s an accommodating choice that goes well with many other colors.
According to Hansen-Yeager, people are becoming less afraid of color, opting for vibrant gem tones with names like Black Raspberry and Asian Teal to accent walls. Rich brick-red paint is showing up in many dining rooms, as is the increasingly popular chocolate brown. Green both soothes and compliments other colors. For accent walls, try soft yellow-green hues or deeper forest greens.
“Color trends come and go,” says Hansen-Yeager. “So it’s more important to select colors you naturally gravitate toward—and that you’ll want to live with.”