Raleigh NC New Homes: Communities, Lots and Land in the Triangle: Choosing Paint Colors - what's popular this year?

Choosing Paint Colors - what's popular this year?

What Color Neutral Paint Should I Use in My New Home, and How Should I Chose an Accent Color?

Interior colors can be so hard to choose!  But there are some surprising trends this year that you may enjoy a lot more than you'd think.

Paint color choices will guide the design, style, and aesthetic of your new home - whether you love colors in Benjamin Moore's Aura, Sherwin-Williams's Duration, or another designer collections. 

Because your home's wall colors will reflect your taste and personality, we've compiled tips for choosing the perfect palette to suit your lifestyle - with a heads up on the most popular wall colors in 2014 new homes. 

Grey Paint Trends 

Shades of grey have been hugly popular for the past several years, popping up as a motif in million dollar homes, contemporary designs, and craftsman style lodges. 

While we do expect to see fewer greys dominating the color wheel, shades of grey - especially those with a strong blue hue - will continue to popular in 2014 new homes. 

Design Tip: Grey walls are soothing, and they flow easily through your home, making it easy to decorate with bold splashes of color.  

In this custom home, shades of lavender were chosen as a feminine accent to offset the masculine grey tones. Clear lavender hardware was added to the white kitchen island. The pantry was also painted in a light lavender. 

Bright, bold, and blue 

This year, we are seeing some exuberance popping into new home paint palettes.  

Home Paint Colors


Bright colors are all coming in - blues, corals, yellows, pinks, reds - with a continuance of greens.







2014 New Home Color Trends


Blues, in particular, are making a strong statement in new homes.

From classic porcelain blue to navy and indigo, you will find more great rooms, dining rooms, and master bathrooms painted blue. 






2014 New Home Color Trends

2014 New Home Color Trends

















Design Tip: When choosing between a light and dark blue tone, remember that light blues blend beautifully with ligh creams, whites, and tans, while navy blues and indigos make more of a statement with bold metalics and earthy browns. 


Interior and Exterior SymmetryChoosing Paint Colors - Interior Design Color

When choosing paint colors for your home, try to maintain symmetry as you move from the exterior to the interior.

If you select exterior stone siding with tons of earthy tones, consider tans, taupes, and greens for the interior. 

In this photo, the green-inspired interior paint color pulls out the darker tones in the fireplace stone - which is the same stone that was used on the exterior front porch columns.


Design Tip: Once you find a color you love, consider going one or two shades lighter OR one or two shades darker on the same color sample strip.

By staying on the same color sample, you will have two professionally-matched colors to alternate throughout your home, depending on the room size and style.


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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Home Paint Colors

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12 Best Master Bath Layouts | His and Hers Vanity Designs

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Comment balloon 25 commentsStanton Homes • May 06 2014 11:51AM


I have noticed many owners are opting for the cooler colors including blues and greys. It is a nice change from the neutral beige colors 

Posted by Joan Congilose, Marlboro, Manalapan, Freehold NJ Homes (Century 21 Action Plus Realty ) over 3 years ago

I agree, having some color is preferable to most vs. the overly neutral beige family. 

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) over 3 years ago

What do you think of deep blues?  We're finishing a home with a "Royal Blue" dining room, which I think looks fantastic against the white trim, especially with a detailed trey ceiling.  One of the challenges of dark colors is to keep a room from feeling small, but the triple window really balances the light out.

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder, with thousands of floor plans and almost unlimited customization available! ) over 3 years ago

Gray is very popular here in NY, esp higher end homes and those w/ dark hardwood floors.  It does not look so good w/ natural oak.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 3 years ago

Oh and those bright colors (like that blue) are very outdated here.  Grays, taupes and then some accent walls are popular here.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 3 years ago

Debbie - maybe it's something about the southeast!  We don't see requests for bright or deep colors in every home, but we are seeing MORE of them, and especially more blues.  It's coming back.  And definitely, darker hardwoods are in. 

Every home we build is custom designed to our client's specifications, so these are the colors homebuyers are asking for!

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder, with thousands of floor plans and almost unlimited customization available! ) over 3 years ago

The barely a color blushes work well. Like white but a glow of pink, blue.. whatever frosted muted shade is light, bright, safe.

Posted by Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 3 years ago

Andrew - also good colors!  We have to watch anything with a pink tinge in rooms with cabinets though, they can really clash (based on personal experience that required some repainting!)  Would you do them throughout the entire home as a neutral base, or as accents?

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder, with thousands of floor plans and almost unlimited customization available! ) over 3 years ago

Love the photos showing off the colors. It's nice to know what's in trend at the moment.

Posted by Judi K Barrett, BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma) over 3 years ago

Grey is new "new neutral."  People are tired of the beige and amber shades that were so popular a few years ago (including me!).

Posted by Kate McQueen, REALTOR®, Tailored service for your real estate needs! (Realty ONE Group-Lone Star) over 3 years ago

I know the trend is away from beige and toward grey. Although I like the new trend, a neutral beige, in my opinion, is still classic. I think dark blue in a dining room would be stunning, as long as the trim is painted white.

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 3 years ago

I love the colors chosen in the photos; fortunately I get to apply the paint, not chose the colors.  :)

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 3 years ago

It is interesting to see how 'trends change' and areas differ. Colors can be so hard to choose - especially to the "color challenged". As Tom said, I'm glad I just apply, too. Thanks for sharing,


Posted by Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale (C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100) over 3 years ago

Here in Manhattan, I see color trends being more neutral.  Rarely will I see bright or dark colored apartments.  

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Morgan - interesting.  Do you think that's because apartments are generally smaller living spaces, or do you think it's more of an urban trend?

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder, with thousands of floor plans and almost unlimited customization available! ) over 3 years ago

Love this post and love looking at all the nice photos and colors.  I like color and the drab walls are . . . drab and folks wanting to sell can sure make them pop with a little color, that's for sure.

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results (BuyersAgentPortland.com | Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time) over 3 years ago

I'm loving the gray paint trends I've been seeing in homes in SWFL. It's a tough color to choose without making it gloomy.  I've not been brave enough to venture into gray in my own home, however.

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) over 3 years ago

We have lots of greys an more aqua's than the blues mentioned.

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Wow, these are nice suggestions! Thanks for posting this. For sure, everybody can find something here that would appeal to their taste. Keep it up!

Posted by John Jonas, John Jonas (ReplaceMyself - Virtual Assistants) over 3 years ago

That aqua wall is just plain wrong. OK, it might work on the beach in Florida, but it would seem out of place in Sacramento. But I like gray. Gray is the color of almost death, LOL.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) over 3 years ago

I haven't seen very much grey here in NH.  Maybe that is because we are looking for some sunshine after a long very very cold winter that until today has not wanted to leave.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 3 years ago

I love color. I tell sellers they don't have to go with beige to sell but to make it fresh and contemporary. Think Pottery Barn.

Posted by Tammie White, www.FranklinHomesRealty.com or (615) 495-0752 (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 3 years ago

I love the information in all the links provided in this post!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) over 3 years ago

From all those pictures, I really liked gray. It looks so elegant.

I'm having right how a listing with colorful walls.....Those colors make the property look much darker... Every time I show the property I want to grab a brash and repaint it!

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA (Barcode Properties) over 3 years ago

Inna - you definitely don't want to overdo the dark colors.  It's much better to "accent" a home with a single room or do in a bright, deep, or contrasting color but stay more neutral throughout.  And every homeowner is different - what appeals to one may not be what appeals to their buyers when they're ready to sell.

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder, with thousands of floor plans and almost unlimited customization available! ) over 3 years ago

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