Few things are more exciting than buying and moving into a new home. A new home can mean more space, better space, a new neighborhood, a new city or state, or starting a new life.

All of that means in some ways, you’re starting with a clean slate, which means you can put your stamp on that new single-family home, townhouse, duplex or condominium.

The possibilities may be just as unlimited!

The quickest, way to make your new home yours

PaintOne of the fastest, easiest ways to make your new home feel like your own is to express your personality by redecorating. And the most noticeable, enjoyable and satisfying step in redecorating is to paint the interior of your new home.

Right after purchasing a new home is a great time to paint – after all, you’re moving into an empty space, so taking a day or two to upgrade colors to your liking is much easier than when the space is fully furnished, closets are filled, and walls feature photos, art, and décor.

Many sellers paint and choose a neutral color palette that potential buyers will likely consider unobjectionable. Neutral colors, such as white, off-white, light gray, beige and yellow may be fine in your eyes.

But if you want to be a bit daring and try new, stylish colors, this is the time to break out the brushes, rollers, drop cloths and masking tape.

It’s also a perfect time to fix minor flaws in the walls.

What are the “in” colors?

Industry organizations such as the Color Marketing Group, and paint manufacturers constantly study and research the colors that are increasing in popularity and then update their color palettes to reflect consumer demand. The paint business is a multi-million dollar industry, and companies that correctly forecast the most popular trending colors reap big rewards.

Each year, in late summer or early fall, the major paint manufacturers announce their “color of the year” for the following calendar year. These colors are based on the studies of consumer preferences, fashion trends and even world events that may affect consumers’ moods.

The 2024 Colors of the Year

Manufacturers and industry experts are leaning toward warm, reserved shades for 2024. They include:

Dutch Boy: Ironside

Dutch Boy’s chosen color for 2024 is “Ironside,” a deep olive the manufacturer favors for creating a comfortable, relaxing shade that, as Dutch Boy claims, homeowners may find “calming,” “restorative” and capable of “bringing harmony to a home.”

Sherwin Williams: Persimmon

Sherwin-Williams chose an uncommon and interesting shade for its 2024 color of the year, “Persimmon,” a pastel, light clay color. Sherwin-Williams claims the color creates a “warm and welcoming mood” and recommends it for kitchens and living rooms, as it can “promote positive relationships and conversation.”

Behr: Cracked Pepper

Behr’s 2024 color of the year is a bold one “Cracked Pepper,” a deep black charcoal color the company calls “almost black.” Behr chose the shade because it “evokes confidence and individuality.”

While it may be a bold and unusual color, it’s also warm, calming and relaxing, which seems to be a trend for 2024.

Valspar: Renew Blue

Valspar’s color of the year is Renew Blue, a soft sky-blue color. Renew Blue is far from high energy, but compared to the 2024 choices of other manufacturers, it is lighter and brighter.

Valspar chose the color as it “evokes a feeling of balance and calm, with a twist of spontaneity” and is a “…versatile and all-season shade that anyone can envision in their space. Inspired by fleeting elements like fog, mist, clouds, and glacier lakes.”

Glidden: Limitless

Glidden’s continues the trend toward warm and calm colors with its 2024 color of the year, “Limitless,” a neutral, nearly pale yellow. Glidden calls it an “anything-but-yellow honey beige” and sees it as “a modern neutral as adaptable as its name implies and is taking the place of cool neutral tones that are so last year.”

Like Glidden’s Renew Blue, Limitless is one of the lighter colors of the year, one that may be ideal for making a room feel brighter and more open.

Minwax: Bay Blue

Minwax, a manufacturer of paints and stains for wood, named “Bay Blue,” its 2024 color of the year. It’s a rich, medium blue color available in solid and semi-transparent wood stains. Minwax describes the color as “the intersection of contemporary and classic,” which fits well with several color palettes and design themes.

Minwax also chose the color as it’s part of the coastal grandmother aesthetic, an increasingly popular home décor theme.

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