Top paint color trends for 2011

Behr identifies the top colors homeowners want in paints this year
June 28, 2011

Paints colors for this year range from the traditional to new and playful as homeowners look to make a big impact on their living spaces.

“As people try to save money, live in smaller spaces and stay in their homes longer, a need exists for quick and simple do-it-yourself projects to transform and repurpose rooms,” says Erika Woelfel, Director of Color, Behr Paints.

Behr has identified four distinctive trend themes: Boudoir Goth – a modern rendition of Victorian romance, Rock N’ Roll – a fusion of masculinity and rock eclecticism, Tokyo Pop – an explosion of youthful self-expression and Danish Twist – a mixture of northern European simplicity and light. From popping pinks to haunted grays, the expansive range of new colors encourages a sensory experience full of excitement and originality.

Boudoir Goth – Glamorous colors for home entertainment give an edge of dark mystery and over-the-top romance and drama. Curvy shapes and luxurious styling give the allure of feminine mystique.

Rock N’ Roll – Conservative neutrals with masculine styling create a retro vibe that is neither fully classic nor contemporary. Infuse music into a space with vintage guitars or an old record player.

Tokyo Pop – Flirtatious, light-hearted and girly cute, optimistic brights will cheer up any room.  Self-express with wall decals or anime posters, helping to highlight a bold personality. 

Danish Twist – Whites, neutrals and eco-aware accent colors make modern rooms feel relaxed and clean. Lighten up the kitchen by re-painting cabinets and adding white vases and brushed steel chairs.