Color Trends – The Weathered Look

Benjamin Moore Timeless Classics and image from Parade of Homes: house #14

The color trends most sonorous to 2012 that have got to beachy neutrals in combination with the weathered look.

In concert with weathered surfaces, beach neutrals convey the illusion of muted color. See that little table in the image above? That color has to be the color I have seen most frequently used this year.

It’s softness is derived from its relationship to all the foggy neutrals that support it. If that neutral fog were lifted and that naked shade was applied without patina to an overall surface it would translate into a very different space that most people would not find comfortable to live in at all.

Let’s use Benjamin Moore’s palettes (above) to create a color story. Every story has characters; some well defined that we are drawn to, and protagonists necessary to define the attributes of the characters that we relate to. It’s weathered surfaces, patinas and those chalky shades we have discussed this past week that combine to illuminate the story of “Timeless Neutrals” – the terminology Benjamin Moore has coined to describe their classic sea – worn colors.

Our color stories plot lines develop around the neutral shades of seaside – blue-greens, fog blues, yellow sun soaked beaches, at the whim of overcast charcoal, above the colors of sand and the foam carried in by warm petulant surf.

Ocean image – source unknown

Parade of Homes: house #14 from Haya Papaya – image by Hiya Papaya Photography

Create your color story by changing around the placement and percentage of colors that you use per room.

Now simply add and subtract colors in your colored scheme until the story seems to have substance and flow.

A gorgeous take on an airy weathered palette with velvet function to add the patina – image via my deco blog

The colors are true and the design is comfortable, classic and eye-turning. If you don’t love patina, the weathered texture can be found in both paintings (or reproductions) and velvets.

image via lofts and amazing spaces

Weathered brick is another made to go surface treatment for that weathered look – to create Color story plot-depth, try an ocean colored durable commercial flooring choice; the one above looks like marmelonium.

Gorgeous weathered look reclaimed wooden feature wall image via

This seas-side weathered room is made even more fabulous by the introduction of the organic hanging glass feature, reminiscent of Crested Oropendola (I kid you not). But if you don’t have access to some wooden garbage palettes or the time to re-purpose them, you can use images of weathered wood to the same effect.

image via barbaragilbertinteriors

Making the ocean colors the minority and focusing on one weathered element makes a room instantly Bohemian.

To get the look, you can try specialty resourceses like Terrain, that sell weathered elements…or use the image to create your own faux look.

Nightwood Apprentice Chair by

Lighting fixture that feature an open armature, as apposed to drum fixture or chandeliers that don’t feature much negative space integrate beautifully into weathered rooms with neutral ocean palettes, like this one by Oly, and are not as predictable and “themed” in appearance as capiz for example.

flowerfall-chandelier by Oly

Fabric patterns tie in with this color palette seamlessly; it’s just about find the piece that emulates the emphasis of your design style; country, French Country, Beach, Cottage, or what have you. Temp Living is one great solution for putting together fabrics that inish your design, because they take away the difficulty that many people experience in mixing patterns, and offer the fabrics you choose as pillows, drapes and more:

Why not try a gracious, comfortable weathered look with some timeless neutrals? A space that never goes out of style helps your design story to weave seamlessly into your lifestyle.

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