Watch for shades of blue, especially with green overtones, on more walls this season. An exquisite aquamarine tone called Tide Pools was chosen by the colour experts at Pratt & Lambert Paints as its 2013 colour of the year. The tone evokes sparkling oceans and the outdoors and “is reflective of nature and of light and the colour of glass,” says Donna Schroeder, a colour expert at Pratt & Lambert and Board member of Color Marketing Group.
Each year, Schroeder and her team troll for trends in colours, textiles and textures before narrowing down their choice of trendy shade of the year.
“We research and pick up cues from different trade shows, seeing what’s in the news and what’s in fashion, and we take that all together, kind of connecting the dots, to narrow down what we think will influence colour palettes for the next year,” says Schroeder. Not only would the blue-green hue work on walls, but also in accent pieces. For example, it could be picked up from a wallpaper pattern, pillow fabric, or other home decor accessory.