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2011 Designer Paint Palettes :: BHG

I always find color trends to be an interesting thing and recently there's been a return to what I can only describe as neo-80s palettes.  I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it, but it is what it is (don't expect me to be painting my walls honeysuckle anytime soon, though).

Better Homes & Gardens recently asked a group of designers to come up with some fresh color palettes for 2011, which is what you see above.  I'm having a hard time liking any of them, although, shockingly, I'm inexplicably drawn to #7...  And I've never been a fan of the melon/green combo.  It must be the end of the world.

What are your thoughts (on the above palettes or the recent 80s-inspired color trends)?

For a breakdown of all the paints used, check out BHG.

Images: Adam Albright for BHG

Reader Comments (19)

guess what #sisterwife? I was totally drawn to 7 too. We're soul mates.

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy@OldSweetSong

Ha! We are soul mates! And why do we like #7?? I don't understand it. I've always balked at that combo. Maybe it's because it's the brightest of the bunch..? I think it would be a pretty great palette for floral design, though. Hm...

February 10, 2011 | Registered CommenterCapreeK

I copied #3,5 and 9 from their website last week. I love these combos!

February 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegRuth

I often wear combinations such as the magenta/celedon of #3, lavender/purple of #6 and coral/green of #7... add some teals and hot pink and I'm in heaven :)

October 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA Muddled Mama

Muddled - What great color combos; I bet you look fabulous!

October 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterCapreeK

Thanks! I freely admit that I love many things 80's (not mirrored-and-laquered-everything-80's but definitely pop 80's) :)

October 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA Muddled Mama

Found this post via Pinterest. Brilliant! I am going to use these. I am hosting a Challenge of Color blog hop this month, and I will be referencing these palettes in my work for sure!
Enjoy the day!

November 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin Prais-Hintz

Yay, thanks Erin! :D

November 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterCapreeK

I have the blue in #2, but was so sad to see the yellow chosen to pair with it. How 'bout I slide that #2blue over to the #1 color palatte and dream of warmth, homemade ice-cream, and fireworks year round? Ahhhhhh....

January 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAudrey

Audrey, I think that would be lovely! :D

January 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterCapreeK

Okay, you guys. It's almost a year later and I'm totally changing my tune. Number 7? I kinda love it now. Also, #3 is feeling pretty good these days. And that tiny accent color in #9? I can dig. (Still don't like the browns in the rest of that palette, though.) Am I crazy?

January 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterCapreeK

My grandaughter's room is similar to the light blue in #3. I'm painting her mirror Benjamin Moore "tequila lime", which is similar to that green. It's going to be an awesome splash of color on her wall. LOVE that combination of colors!

February 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMimi

Mimi, that room sounds gorgeous!

February 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterCapreeK

I love the plum/purple with the yellow in #6 for my utility room. However, I can't figure out how to find out what the color is called....?!?!...

July 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterclrink

I LOVE #8! Where can I find the names of these paint colors so I can use them in my new house?

July 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersarahkg8

I just stumbled upon you on Pinterest and love your stuff! I love the combos... but couldn't paint them on walls. Maybe for fabric inspirations or logo designs. It's hard to look at them individually when they look great all grouped together.

July 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Great colors for scrapbook pages especially photos from the 80's.

March 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

I actually found the #7 color combo from BH&G before finding it here. I chose it for the nursery! Painted the walls the sweet pear, an old dresser coral, headboard, footboard and sidetable white. Still need to use the pink and lime green... maybe for the antique victorian chair I just picked on CL.... Anyway it all looks great together! Modern, Beachy, and Sweet enough for my baby girl <3

June 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChrista

Love! As strange as it may sound, I have found much inspiration on color pallets from Dr. Suess books. Just pull one off the shelf and see what I mean. The color combinations in his books are unique and appealing.

August 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersheyna k
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