2017 Color Trends: Our Favorite Colors For Interiors

It’s that time of year again – time for all of your favorite paint companies and color labs to choose their favorite 2017 color trends. Color us excited.

We put a ton of effort into researching our favorite color trends each year; inspired by images across the world, runways, interiors new and young, and (of course) nature. Every year we make sure our collection is full of beautiful rich colors that can stand the test of time (nobody wants to paint a 3000 sqft. project with a color that is going to be dated in 2 years). Scroll through to see some of our picks for 2017 color trends.

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This hint-of-blush is the perfect tone to use when looking for a soft neutral. We definitely saw this color coming when we chose a similar shade for our Fall ’16 colors.2017 color trends Scuffmaster

2017 color trends Scuffmaster

Do beautiful rich gold tones ever go out of style? We’re loving this shade for 2017. Try it out in a bold metallic finish.2017 color trends Scuffmaster

Pearly whites are the go-to for many designers, and for good reason. This year we see white becoming more of an accent, with dusty blush tones being used more for neutral areas. Check out some great pearl whites here.2017 color trends Scuffmaster

This deep chocolate with a hint of red tone is a gorgeous deep neutral, adding some rich color to your interiors.2017 color trends Scuffmaster

You may have seen by now that Pantone’s Color of The Year is Greenery. Whilst not as bright, we are also feeling inspired by nature and the changing world around us for 2017. A deeper, more subdued shade of green is on our list for this coming year. This beautiful olive can almost get away as a neutral tone. How will you use it?

By the way – did you know humans can see more shades of green than any other color?2017 color trends Scuffmaster

2017 color trends Scuffmaster

This deep merlot has some staying power; it’s sure to be a classic and has us asking for another glass of wine (yes, please!).2017 color trends Scuffmaster

2017 color trends Scuffmaster

Deep rich shades combined with soft tones are our go-to combinations for 2017. This evolved shade of a deep emerald with a cool blue tone is one of our favorites in this collection. We can’t wait to see how you use it.

Find our colors from this palette here.

This is only HALF of our palette for 2017 color trends. Check out the rest in the lookbook below! We can’t wait to see how you combine these colors.

Color Trends 2017 LookBook


Scrub Cycles: What You Need To Know

What you need to know about scrub cycles

They’re Actually Important

There are a number of things you need to know when you start to work on a new paint project. Your paint’s scrub rating is one of them, and it matters in nearly every situation. There are a lot of misconceptions around scrub cycles and what ingredients are in your paint products.

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Scrub cycles are based on the American Society for Testing and Materials ASTM D2486 test. This is the agreed upon scrub test in the paint industry. What this scrub rating number means is how many times your paint can be scrubbed before reaching failure (paint coming off the wall with cleaning, etc.).

To do this test a machine scrubs the surface with a brush and an abrasive compound repeatedly and keeps count of how many times the product is scrubbed before failure. It’s pretty boring, but it’s pretty important too.


Scrub cycles are an important factor in choosing the right paint for your project

How They Affect You

What this means to you: the higher the scrub rating of your chosen paint product, the longer it’s lifespan on your walls. If you have a high traffic area, you’re going to want to make sure that product you’re using has a high scrub rating or you can guarantee you’ll be re-painting shortly. Figure out what the lifespan of the project is (or what your client expects in the future) before making a final paint decision. You’ll want to make sure the scrub rating reflects the expectations so nobody is surprised down the road. If you’re going to be applying the product, make sure you buy what was specified instead of flipping it out for something cheaper. It really does matter in the long run.

What Do VOC’s Have To Do With This?

Have you been wondering if VOC’s have anything to do with this? No? Just us? Well, not surprisingly, VOC content does play a role in scrub ratings. Lowering the number of VOCs in your paint products often means lowering your scrub rating. Taking that many ingredients out can weaken the integrity of the paint’s surface. Low VOC’s are great, but weakening the paint ultimately means re-painting and releasing more VOC’s and creating a vicious cycle. Make sure you know which is more important for each job.


Pick the right paint product for your scrub rating needs

How To Choose The Right Product

You’ll have to figure out on a case per case basis what product you need based on scrub cycles. If it’s a low traffic area, you can certainly get away with a low VOC and low scrub rating paint. Steady to high traffic areas will need something a little tougher that can hold up the wear and tear and last for your space’s entire lifespan. Make sure you have a conversation with the client and don’t flip the spec.

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Current Paint Trends: Fall Color Report

Blue trends for fall

Seasons come and go, and with them, the “it” colors of the moment. (You can see more of our thoughts on ‘color of the year’ and such here.) We like to find trending colors that can last awhile, so your designs can live on walls without feeling dated 3 months later.

Get our free Fall ’16 Interiors LookBook here!

We’re constantly watching color trends across the globe. From interiors to fashion to technology to Pantone’s color report, we have an eye on it all. Scroll through to see our favorite current trending paint colors to splash on your walls for fall 2016 and beyond.

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Not sure how to use these in your commercial designs? Download our free Fall ’16 Interiors LookBook below!

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High Traffic Schools Need High Scrub Paints

You probably already know that paint is the simplest and most economical change you can make on an environment. But it’s time to dig a little deeper. How long do you want your design to last? How long does your client want the design to last? This is where high scrub paints come into play.

Check out our checklist on 8 Steps To Choosing A Product For Your School Design!

British International School and Scuffmaster's ScrubTough

Back To School

Since it’s time for school to start, we thought we’d focus in on those school classrooms and hallways in particular. Hundreds of thousands of kids run through schools everyday. Books, bags (maybe even bullies?) can really damage those walls. Scuffs and stains, you name it, those school walls have seen it. So what’s a designer to do to protect their design, meet their client’s expectations and budget, all while creating a beautiful space for learning?

High scrub paint is your answer. Paint CAN hold up to the bullying those high traffic areas have to endure, you just have to make sure you’re picking the RIGHT paint for the project. If you’re choosing a standard eggshell with a scrub rating of 300, the product is going to fail and the client is going to have to repaint. That’s a situation neither parties want to be in. Paints with a scrub rating of at least 3,000 scrubs can transform those busy areas in school and keep them looking nice and tidy, while also being cleanable for years to come. The higher the scrub rating, the more durable the paint. This means that your design will last for many a good washing.

Scuffmaster's High Scrub Finishes

But High Scrub Paint Sounds So Industrial…

It does sound industrial, and a little intimidating. But it’s not! High scrub paints can look like your typical eggshell paint (but it’s secretly going to last forever), but also offer options like unique textures and metallics. Check out what specialty paints offer high scrub ratings and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with your options. Durable paints CAN also be beautiful!

Your Client's Budget Loves High Scrub Paints

Client’s Budget

You may be thinking, “specialty paints are so expensive, my client’s budget doesn’t support that”, but have you figured out how much it costs over its lifespan? Think about it. If you use a cheap paint in your client’s budget, they’re going to spend easily 2x+ repainting their space when that paint doesn’t hold up to the high traffic. A more expensive paint with a high scrub rating will actually SAVE them money over the lifespan of the space.

Competing Products Leave Your Walls Scuffed and Damaged

Competing Products

Right now you might be thinking that epoxy or a vinyl would be a good option for your project. Maybe… but what does the cost of the product over the lifespan of the space come out to? Epoxy and vinyl are more difficult and expensive to install than a high scrub paint, so you’re spending more of your client’s money right off the bat, let alone calculating the product’s lifespan. What is the lifespan compared to a high scrub paint? How much are you spending over the years patching and touching up? These are all things to consider when picking the final product for your school design’s high traffic areas.

 Wow, That’s A Lot To Think About

Not really, we crammed a lot into this post to make sure you’d have all the information you’d need, but in reality it’s pretty simple. Establish your client’s budget, determine what the lifespan of the products should be, research your high scrub rating options, calculate the cost over the products lifespan, then choose your product! Don’t forget to pick just the right color either. Easy.

Check out our checklist below on 8 Steps To Choosing A Product For Your School Design (seriously, it’s free)!

High Scrubs Checklist

Designing With Pearl Paint

Smooth Pearl, Pearl Interior Paint

Designing With Pearl Paint

Designing with pearl paints can add an unexpected element to your spaces that other products such as wall covering or eggshell paints can’t. Pearl paints, depending on the product, can also offer other benefits that metallic paints cannot. Let’s explore the benefits.

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pearl in an oyster shell

Why Would You Choose a Pearl Paint?

If you’re looking for a finish that adds a little something extra in your space that an eggshell or wall covering simply can’t achieve, a pearl paint may be the answer for you. Pearl finishes play beautifully with lighting elements, adding special features to your walls when eggshells and wall covering wouldn’t. Often times metallic paints can’t get as vivid as pearl paints and certainly can’t get very light either. If you’re looking for a pure white but want to up the sophistication with your lighting elements, a pearl finish may be a great option for you. If you’re looking for a vibrant corporate color to up the branding in your space you may also find that the pearl paints can meet that need as well.

Pearl finishes add a level of sophistication and sparkle to your designs without overpowering your spaces. Added bonus, they also are the cleanable and durable option when high traffic solutions are being considered.

Added Benefits of Pearl Finishes

Because pearl finishes often require a protective clear top coat they tend to be more cleanable and durable (like this smooth pearl finish), saving you, your firm and your client money and headaches.

Usually a more subtle and sophisticated appearance than metallic paints or decorative wall coverings, pearls can fit in with more designs without becoming overpowering.

Smooth Pearl Paint


Why would you choose a pearl paint?

  • Looking for a decorative finish that sparkles, but need a vivid or light color
  • Need a cleanable and durable solution
  • Looking for a wall solution that accentuates directional lighting
  • Don’t want a finish that will take over the space
  • Need a finish that makes a statement, but isn’t overpowering
  • Wall covering can’t reach the aesthetic you are looking for
  • Metallic finishes feel too cold or heavy for the space you’re designing
  • Don’t have the budget for wall covering

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Create a Perfect Mid Century Modern Interior

Mid Century Modern Interior

Designing a Mid Century Modern Space

From Mad Men to NeoCon 2016 in Chicago, Mid Century Modern influence is everywhere in the interiors business. Looking to design your own mid century modern interior space? Whether you’re looking for commercial or residential, here’s the essentials.

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Mid Century Modern Interior Eames Chairs

Key Features of Mid Century Modern Design

A key feature of mid century interiors is the classic (and famous) Eames furniture and furniture with clean simple lines. Furniture from this era can be identified by the straight clean lines complimented with smooth curves and a typically wooden construction. Pair this with statement lighting (artichoke pendant, anyone?) and graphic patterns to really hit home. This can be done in a number of chic ways. For a lobby or waiting room design try choosing furniture featuring minimalist design with sleek lines and very little features. Go with a bold color like tangerine to spice it up. Pair this with a graphic rug or pillows in one of the era’s popular patterns, such as the atomic pattern you can see below.

Mid Century Modern Interior

The Color Scheme

The Mid Century color scheme is perhaps the most recognizable nod to the era, so make sure to pay extra attention to the color palette you’re choosing for the job in order to create the perfect space. The mid century color scheme often featured darker neutral tones and saturated accent colors. Color has the ability to transport us to different times and places, so if you’re looking for the 60’s vibe, make sure to study up on the chic colors used. Some of the most popular colors from this era are Avocado, Mustard and Tangerine. These colors were used throughout interiors as well as the fashion world, from walls and appliances to skirts and textiles. Don’t be afraid to splash these paint colors on your walls, paint is one of the easiest ways to transform a space. Get your own Mid Century Modern color palette below (for free!).

Mid Century Modern Color Scheme