Color Trends in Decorating for 2013

Published on: Author: Anne Langton

Color trends are a funny thing…especially when it comes to interior decorating and current fashion.  There is a huge industry devoted to determining what color hues, shades and tones will be OUR favorites of each given season.  Unbelievably these trends can be determined by current events, global economic health and even popular museum exhibits.  It is the job of these predicting color experts to figure out our current collective mood as a population and then attach color to it….so let’s take a look at what has been determined to be the color trends in decorating for 2013.

The most prominent group of color experts and world-renowned authority on color are the folks at Pantone. (who incidentally say the 2013 color of the year is Emerald).  Not only do the Pantone people make their living from color they also established a standard color system that provides an accurate communication of color across a variety of industries.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute says the foundation for color trends in 2013 will be BALANCE.  It’s this sense of balance that we continually seek …the balance between work vs play, the balanced diet, the balanced exercise regimen….and so in 2013 the color industry are also seekers of balance as colors schemes are promoted.  They will illustrate the balance of light and dark, bold and muted, grayed out tones and bold hues.

All manufacturers of paint publish their color predictions of 2013 and the reasoning behind it. Pittsburgh Paint says,

Last year, the trends message was all about color intensity paralleled with a serious need for unplugging from our 24/7 lifestyle.  In 2013,  expect even more color and more creativity.  All the coming trends have one thing in common – individual expression that is very well articulated.  Consumers are more at ease with color, mixing and matching, craving the complex patterns and color blocking.  Look for bright colors and unexpected places to use it!

So lets take a look at specifics and some paint colors that are trends for decorating in 2013 as determined by the Benjamin Moore Company Ben Moore has established four paint color trends for decorating in 2013.


Inspired by travel and love of antiques and other finds.  It has lots of warmth but requires a cool touch for balance.  It is eclectic with a rich earthy foundation


Explores the classic combination of white and black in contemporary urban settings but goes one step further in recognizing that black has many different undertones.  This scheme pulls away from the concept of urban being cool, stark and monochromatic


Is fresh, contemporary and inspired by nature










A new take on old stodgy traditional, no heavy dark woods but rather light and fresh elements.