Color Trends for 2013

August 21, 2012
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Benjamin Moore is calling out Lemon Sorbet 2019-60 as the 2013 color of the year.

“The palette is shifting from super saturated and strong hues to softer, lighter pastel shades,” explained Sonu Mathew, ASID, IIDA, Benjamin Moore’s senior interior designer. She and her fellow color experts annually forecast upcoming color trends to help guide homeowners, interior designers and anyone who’s thinking of taking on a decorating project that might add a new coat of paint to a wall. In singling out Lemon Sorbet for 2013, she noted that, “It’s the perfect partner for the emerging palette of freshened, polished pastels that promise to be favorites in the coming year. Additionally, it’s the ideal transition color as we move from the more vibrant spectrum and mid-to-deep tone hues that we’ve been experiencing in home furnishings and fashions.”Lemon_Sorbet

According to Mathew, yellow has always represented a sense of optimism, “and as the world seems to be gradually turning the corner on recessionary times, this whispery tint of the color is timely and evocative of the uptick. As for the move to pastels,” she continued, “they convey innocence and typically have a calming influence.”

The 18 other trend colors that Benjamin Moore is serving up for 2013 are proposed in combinations that create a feast for the eyes when teamed with existing home furnishings. With Lemon Sorbet as the common denominator and assured to complement any or all of the other Benjamin Moore paint colors named, the suggested combinations include:

  • Combination #1—Teacup Rose 2170-50, Spring Dust 2150-40 and Baja Dunes 997
  • Combination #2 — Lemon Ice 2024-70, Simply White OC-117 and Camouflage 2143-40
  • Combination #3 — Antiguan Sky 2040-60, Sweet Innocence 2125-50 and Dark Mustard 2161-30
  • Combination #4 — Peachy Keen 2014-40, Dark Linen 2147-60 and Thundercloud Gray 2124-40
  • Combination #5 — Pink Raspberry 2075-40, Blue Ice 821 and Dakota Woods Green 2139-40
  • Combination #6 — Juneau Spring 2041-40, Woodland White 463 and Polar Sky 1674

“We want to help take the guesswork out of color selection,” said Mathew, “So, in proposing these combinations we’re letting consumers know they can confidently choose any one color for a single or all walls, then use another for the ceiling and another for trims, moldings, and other accents.”

Mathew reminded that the end goal in providing an annual color forecast is to help inspire and fuel the imagination of individuals as they take on home decorating and painting projects. “This is meant to be a starting point in their color selection process,” she said.

Benjamin Moore also offers several indispensible online tools to aid in color selection. Visit to find out more about the Personal Color Viewer, the ben Color Capture app, and the Color Life e-zine for iPads and other tablets. All are resources for visualizing how colors will harmonize and complement one another.

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