For the coming year, we are longing for the beauty and restorative power of nature and then doing all we can to embrace it. We want to engage with our communities to make things better. Through small acts of kindness, we want to create positive, emotional change. These longings can also be reflected in our decorative choices. Choosing vibrant shades, without being overpowering, demonstrates our ongoing need for creativity and authenticity. These help to create a farmhouse aesthetic.


Each year the paint experts look at different industries, including the automotive, electronics and fashion industries, and note trends from around the world. The experts look at what is happening on the fashion runway, in lifestyle choices, in demographics and social trends, to determine about twelve colours which are representative of these trends. In what follows I introduce you to the top four of their choices. 

When you look at this sophisticated grey horse, he exudes glamour and beauty. Let me introduce you to the Benjamin Moore colour of the year, ‘Metropolitan’ AF690 grey. This sophisticated, tasteful, elegant, grey is a nice calm colour to cozy up to for the year ahead.

When you glance at this golden spiced palomino, doesn’t it make you think of honey? Well, Dulux chose ‘Spiced Honey’, 20YY 43/083 as their colour of the year. This versatile shade, filled with warm and inviting tones of amber and rich caramel, signals a positive mood. It reminds us of honey itself. Spiced honey can be soothing and cozy depending on the palette you pair it with.

Here comes my favourite colour from Behr’s colour of the year, ‘blueprint’ S470-5. It symbolizes our desire for positive energy, stability and confidence, both at home and out in the world. This blue will stand the test of time. The possibilities of where to use this colour in your space are endless.




Gorgeous warm terracotta, the colour of ‘cavern clay’ SW7701, is the Sherwin-Williams colour of the year. This colour reminds us of mid-19th century modern style, but with the soul of the southwest, which together creates a desert modern aesthetic. This warm, earthy hue is both casual and refined. It can be the backdrop of a playful, welcoming dining room, or kitchen when paired with bright tiles, warm stone and sculptural greenery. Complementary materials include leather, simple woodgrains and indigenous cacti in contemporary, sleek gardening planters. It’s like bringing the warmth of the outdoors in.

These are the top four colours out of twelve from the paint experts for the coming year! You might be surprised to find how refreshing your space with a fresh coat of paint will re-energize you.


Did you know, horses have the ability to see colour as a red-green colour-blind human does. They see colours, but have difficulty distinguishing them from other colours within a small spectrum range.

See you on the next post……..

And, as always – we are here to assist you in any way we can with your design projects. Perhaps you just need some visual aids to help jump start your imagination. Feel free to reach out!

– Kathy Russell

Owner, Design Smart Interiors