Color to the Rescue

Color to the Rescue

Feeling trapped in your castle? Sue Wadden with Sherwin Williams suggests using color to help you escape

By Karla Hollencamp

Home + Design spoke with Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin Williams, about how to bring some color into our homes.

H+D: We’re all spending a lot more time in our homes right now due to coronavirus restrictions. We’re worried about our health and safety. We need our interiors to function for work, play, zoom and rest. Our mental health and general productivity depend on home being a comfortable, happy place. How can paint color help?

Wadden: During this unprecedented time, less is more and homeowners want to be mindful of how they’re living. Color is an easy way for homeowners to differentiate workspaces from living spaces by creating a place of respite totally separate from everything else they have going on. As many of us are working and living and maybe even schooling from home, it’s important to use color to differentiate these workspaces from the rest of the home.

H+D: What trends have you seen this year?

Wadden: At the beginning of the year, we were noticing a shift towards warmer colors, and now, with everyone spending so much time at home, we expect this trend to continue. Warm and earthy tones are calming and help cultivate the feeling of wellness in any space, which is exactly what homeowners are looking for right now.

H+D: Are there any colors you suggest?

Wadden: Sherwin-Williams 2021 Color of the Year, Urbane Bronze, is a warm, sophisticated hue that promotes relaxation and serenity, ideal for a master bedroom. Colors like Bona Fide Beige SW 6065 and Morris Room Grey SW 0037 are both light and warm hues that have just enough softness to channel a feeling of focused Zen in a living room and even a home office.

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