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How to Pick a Paint Color for Your Spring Spruce up

Published: January 30, 2014
Spring's on its way, meaning spring cleaning and updating. One of the least expensive, most effective ways to update your decor is to paint. But what color? Paint colors, like fashion trends, fall in and out of favor. And most of us want to be in style.

Why not consider what's new in interior design, furniture, and fashion? Watch the runways in Paris, Milan, and New York for hints about upcoming color trends. And look back at the January issues of design magazines - many included features on color trends.

For manufacturers and marketers, color is all about business. However, it's a not-for-profit group of color design professionals that has been instrumental in shaping new color palettes since it was founded in 1962.

Based on considerable (and expensive) research, Color Management Group (CMG) decides what's new in color and design. When CMG speaks, manufacturers of just about every product you can think of - including paint - listen. The result is new colors, not just for your walls, but for your toaster, your bathroom towels, and even your car.

So, what about your spring spruce-up? Once again, bold colors are in. Last year, despite a concerted ad campaign, consumers showed resistance to painting entire rooms in bright colors. Now, many paint companies have toned down their palettes and encourage the color-wary to use "big" color for accent walls.

Luckily for the rest of us, warmer neutrals remain popular. One thought: Stick with a color that makes you feel comfortable and happy. It'll make your spruce-up worthwhile.

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