Interior: Benjamin Moore's Stonington GrayFew know color like Maria Killam, a certified color consultant and design expert who teaches seminars on color. Cooler grays with blue undertones, like this Benjamin Moore offering, have been on fire this year, she said.
Interior: WhiteBasics returned with a vengeance this year, Killam said. Although, she cautioned that even a shade as simple-seeming as this one doesn't work everywhere. "If you don't have enough light to pull it off, your walls end up looking gray and dingy," she said. "Just walk into any dark room and look up at the white painted ceiling and see how gray it looks.
Interior: EmeraldPantone, the international purveyor of color taste, named 2013 the year of the emerald. The deep hues elicit adjectives like elegance and harmony. The color of the year -- Pantone 17-5641, to be exact -- appeared on runways, decor and design materials throughout the world, as well as refreshingly new interiors
Interior: PeacockDarker than teal, it plays well with both white and gray neutrals and deep oranges bases. This color started creeping across the radar in January, according to ApartmentTherapy.com. The blog featured decor from the actual bird, on a pillow, to a sofa and a napkin set.
Interior: French grayLike Paris fashion houses, paint companies set the year's trends with the palettes they choose. Farrow & Ball introduced a warm gray perfect for a homey bedroom.
Interior: Deep purple
And if you're looking to splash your walls with next year's hottest color, purple is still sure to be your prize. Color authority Pantone says "Radiant Orchid" is the official color of 2014. With fuschia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid "reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
Interior: ChocolateA rich brown can set off those bright colors and add depth and warmth to any room. As Interior Design magazine noted at the beginning of the year, the goal is "intense, but ... richer, and less acidic."
Exterior: Nature's green
Exterior: GoldDesigners and small painting firms reported that they saw an uptick in the popularity of soft golds for a rich-looking exterior option. Plus, gold never goes out of style.
In other words, be wary of any trend that has the potential for a short shelf life. Let the year's color choices inspire, but perhaps not dictate, the beauty of your home.