The palette of Paint Colors of the Year for 2024 reflect hot homeowner trends, including a focus on health and wellness at home and a renewed enthusiasm for bold style statements. 

Whether you are drawn to one of the many shades of blue, rich and moody hues or warm neutrals, there are numerous options to refresh and revive your home décor. 

Here are tips and tricks from major paint companies on how to incorporate their choices for Paint Color of the Year for 2024 into your home décor. 

dark blue cabinetry on a built-in desk with rust-colored chair
Blue Nova’s contemplative vibe make it a good choice in a home office. Photo Credit: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore:  Blue Nova 

One of the many shades of blue on offer this year, Blue Nova sets itself apart with hints of violet that makes it an incredibly rich style statement. It’s dark and deep and can be very impacting in a color scheme. 

According to Hannah Yeo, Benajamin Moore’s senior manager, color marketing, this color works well in several places. 

“The sky is the limit for bringing this color into the home,” says Yeo. “Blue Nova offers an opportunity to be creative whether it is used to drench a room in color or define a portion of a room with a captivating hue,” she says. 

This contemplative blue-violet is thought provoking in a home office but can also work in bedrooms and living rooms. It’s also a dramatic choice for the kitchen. 

“Blue Nova is also fantastic on cabinetry – think of a kitchen island, base cabinets or a vanity painted in this color,” says Yeo. 

Light blue bedroom walls with a white fireplace and round, gold-trimmed mirror
Upward invites tranquility and optimism with its soothing blues. Photo Credit: Sherwin Williams

Sherwin-Williams: Upward 

This light blue with grey undertones is all about tranquility and optimism, which makes it an excellent choice for any space in your home that you are likely to be in often. 

“It’s a great shade to use all around the home because people have positive connections to the color and it brings forward the best energy in a space,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing with Sherwin Williams. 

Light blues “evoke tranquility and peace in the home, which is why it’s a great choice for people who wish to create spaces that feel light and airy, “says Wadden. 

It works well in the kitchen and in the bath, and Wadden feels that it is “a great choice in respite rooms where homeowners seek peacefulness, like a bedroom or even a nursery.” 

Upward is a fun choice to boost curb appeal, according to Wadden. “Use it on a front door, especially on a house with a white exterior,” she says. 

Glidden by PPG: Limitless 

Glidden urges homeowners considering this creamy, warm hue to “call it anything but yellow”. 

This color marks a shift in traditional neutrals, strategically stepping outside of the grey box that has dominated neutral territory for several years and carries equal support to warm and cool tones alike. 

“Limitless is a fresh and energizing take on a neutral color,” says Ashley McCollum, Glidden Paint by PPG color expert. 

A neutral color represents versatility, and wide opportunity for application throughout any room in the home, but homeowners should strategize whether to use it as a main color, or in a supporting role to bring out the best in other colors.  

“It can be used to add warmth on all four walls, accent walls, trim and cabinets. The color works in unconventional places as well, on ceilings or interior doors,” says McCollum. 

“Homeowners can use Limitless anywhere they’d like a neutral to create an updated, on-trend look, complementary to a variety of design styles,” says McCollum. 

Behr’s Cracked Pepper creates décor drama: Photo Credit: Behr

Behr: Cracked Pepper 

Behr’s choice for Color of the Year reflects the mindful drift towards moody, dramatic colors for 2024. It is dark and deeply intentional, making it a good choice for homeowners who want to raise the style bar at home. 

Cracked Pepper zeros in on a sensory response, common with dark colors, which is why planning and strategy should be employed when using dark paint colors. But when applied correctly and balanced appropriately, the results are undeniably luxe. 

Cracked Pepper, a versatile soft black, can be used to make a dramatic yet sophisticated statement in the home. Dark colors not only elevate the room you’re in, but the way you feel in it,” says Erika Woelfel, Behr’s vice president of color and creative services. 

The role of neutrals is essential with dark paint colors to provide the necessary visual balance in a space. 

This color works well for a powerful accent wall, relying on accents to diffuse some of the darkness.  

“I like to use Cracked Pepper as an accent wall color and pair with various accent décor pieces including cushions, pillows and artwork,” says Woelfel. 

Dunn-Edwards: Skipping Stones 

This nature-inspired, inherently calming shade is refreshingly cool and crisp and taps into the positive psychological benefits associated with exposure to blue. 

“Skipping Stones encourages moments of reflection and represents a softer approach to living that encourages optimism and stillness,” says DeMing Carpenter, color expert at Dunn-Edwards 

“We’re seeing coolness reemerge as homeowners desire a balance between calming and energizing hues in their space,” says Carpenter. 

In addition to being a versatile neutral, Carpenter says that a “few of my favorite unexpected implementations of the color include on an accent wall to establish a focal point in living areas,” or in the kitchen as a riff on the recent white-and-navy trend. 

Or “to be fully immersive, take advantage of the ‘fifth wall’ – the ceiling. A room literally bathed in Skipping Stones can deliver a truly meditative experience,” she says. 

HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams: Persimmon 

terracotta colored twin vanities and rounded black-trim mirrors
Persimmon is a pleasant surprise on a bathroom vanity; Photo Credit: HGTV Home by Sherwin Williams

This pleasing terracotta tone is one of the only offerings in the orange family this year (apart from Pantone’s Peach Fuzz) and has a clear color objective: creating comfort. 

Like many of the other Color of the Year choices, Persimmon is intended to provide a restorative environment at home, tapping into the trend of home-based health and wellness, but it also brings a little more punch and earthy personality for homeowners who are so inclined. 

“Persimmon balances the energy of tangerine with grounded neutral undertones, making it perfect for spaces like living rooms and kitchens as it promotes positive relationships and conversation,” says Ashley Banbury, HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams color marketing manager. 

It’s well-suited for a monochromatic look, where walls and trim are all the same color. 

“Painting the walls and trim all one shade has the ability to modernize a space and create a calm, relaxing room even with a more energizing,” says Banbury. 

It’s also a playful choice for curb appeal, particularly with the front door, or works well in the bathroom, particularly on a bathroom vanity for a room that is” uplifting and embraces natural light, creating a space to relax and unwind,” says Banbury. 

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