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Spring/Summer 2017 sees a refocus on inspirational sources; we are rethinking and reassessing the world around us. As perspectives change we gain more confidence with color usage and in turn, engage with the effect color has on our surrounds. Taking inspiration from our 2017/18 trends we look to advances in experimental technology, celebrating the hidden beauty of data that lies at the heart of our computerized world. We also explore unknown grounds with an organic and warming theme that reference sunny climates. Feeding our desire to collect and curate our personal spaces we then gain a carefree approach and are tempted by eye-catching aesthetics. Finally focusing on a weightless minimalism that has a universally pure and contemporary atmosphere. These themes will come together to inspire new directions in color and here we share 5 key colors to discover for Spring/Summer 2017/18.

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Experimental and positive in attitude, 0695 INDIAN NECKLACE references the digital world and explores both human and mechanical errors. Inspired by the Glitch trend this color celebrates digital imperfections, using them to inform designs and emphasize the artificial nature of our digital world. Introducing a human element to technology, this green has an acid undertone that is detached from natural or organic connotations. With a refreshing and modern feel, 0695 INDIAN NECKLACE can confidently lift your spaces into the now. Use in combination with the other saturated tones of the Glitch palette in kitchen spaces and children’s bedrooms for a dynamic and energized effect.

In contrast, 0941 GLOWING LANTERN references our direct connection to colors found in nature. From the Ground trend this tone has a glowing warmth that radiates throughout a space and brings a sense of sunshine to the inside. Desert-like landscapes inspire this rich sand yellow color and the tone offers a sense of comfort and refuge. Surround yourself with the lustrous heat of 0941 GLOWING LANTERN and combine this color with the other deep earthy shades of the Ground palette, which are inspired by the raw pigments extracted from the earth. This grouping is perfect for living rooms and bedrooms as it exudes an elemental glow that is sure to add warmth.

Appealing to our sweet tooth and magpie eye, 1069 PINK TOUCH embodies a carefree attitude with an indulgent edge. Part of the Candy trend this sugary shade has a joyful message that encourages a mix and match style. Inspired by sugared candy treats, this color is designed to catch the eye and deliver a note of positivity. Powdered and pale, 1069 PINK TOUCH can be used in combination with the other shades of Candy for an eclectic mix that encourages a playful approach to color. The milky undertones and soft finish of this tone creates the perfect option for updating kitchens and bathroom areas.

With an intriguing air, 0589 CESTETIAL HORIZON looks to reduce visual noise with a controlled aesthetic and striped back approach. Inspired by the X-ray trend, this color references the delicate forms we find in nature, but with purity that demands attention. Genderless and seemingly universal grayed blue adds clarity and a reassuring sense of precision within a space. Use in combination with a palette of cool neutrals for a contemporary update. 0589 CESTETIAL HORIZON can add a touch of clean modernity to your bedrooms and study areas for a current and refreshing outcome.

The dark alluring tone of 0536 SUBWAY strips away unnecessary elements to highlight the beauty of the structure of a space. Selected from the X-ray trend this color forms a clean and minimal palette that looks to intense monochrome combinations to reveal what is essential within your home. Referencing core architectural structures, the depth of 0536 SUBWAY acts as a strong and definitive dark tone. Black creates a sense of focus within rooms so use this tone in office areas and hallways in small amounts to highlight architectural details and create a sense of clarity.

0695 INDIAN NECKLACE, 0941 GLOWING LANTERN, 1069 PINK TOUCH, 0589 CESTETIAL HORIZON and 0536 SUBWAY are the five colors we see to be key for Spring/Summer 2017/18. These tones are taken from the 2017/18 trends Glitch, Ground, Candy and X-ray. The colors work across a variety of interior applications and can be used singularly or combined successfully as an all over palette for a space. These colors all offer something diverse and convey different moods and aesthetics that are on trend. Each color has the potential to add something innovative and exciting to your home, whether it is used in isolation or with our suggested complimentary tones.

Here is the fall color forecast according to Pantone. Love these hues.



And don’t forget, Miller Paint has an amazing crew of match makers… well, not THAT kind of matchmaker :) Our stores are all outfitted with folks that can match nearly any color you throw at them… but please don’t actually throw the color samples at them :) But do come in to your local store and see just how masterful they are at the art of color matching.


Wine Lovers Rejoice!

December is the month color lovers all over the world look forward to. Pantone, with the help of color influences from around the world and the fashion and entertainment industries announces the color of the year.

Released to the media today via The Wall Street Journal



Marsala… Pantone’s official Color of the Year 2015. Yes, the beautifully soft yet rich wine, with the color to match, will soon be adorning (if it isn’t already) everything from rugs and furnishings, clothing and accessories, to kitchen tile and gadgets. This rich and satisfying hue, with it’s spotty red and brown makes it earthy and fulfilling yet softer than bold.



So all you colorful people, what do you think?


The answer isn’t very clear. What IS clear is that it is definitely a big collaboration.

Pantone COY 2013


This quote from the film “The Devil Wears Prada” pretty much sums up where fashion and color trends come from: “You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select, I don’t know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent, wasn’t it, who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs, and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.”

But what exactly does that mean in the paint business? Perhaps about as much as it meant when you picked out the lumpy blue sweater. But perhaps it’s just the same. There are definitely trends in the paint business too. And of course we get those trends from fashion as well.

Pantone COY 2014

When Pantone picks its color of the year, every year, they take surveys and send out questionnaires to poll graphic, industrial, fashion, and other designers around the world, as well as manufacturers and retailers, asking what colors they plan to use in coming seasons. Pantone and a group of representatives from different countries’ color standards groups then have a “secret meeting” to make sense of their picks. Then based on the results of those polls and surveys, sales of color swatches and all of the expert opinions present in the meeting, they narrow it down to one.

Since products made in their decided color of the year have already likely been down the runway, and pushed down production lines, it’s hard to say what exact role Pantone plays in the influence of color trends. But given their reputation and insider access, it certainly shows insight!

However they do it, it’s been going on for a very long time… and I for one am looking forward to finding out what the color is for 2015!

All in all, trends in color are circular in motion, not always starting in the same place. And as trends go, they usually tend to come back around somehow too. Perhaps in a different tint, tone, or shade, but come back around they do!



I have translated Color Marketing Groups latest prediction for colors to be trending next year into our own color palette of ColorEvolution. Which is your favorite?




"Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony."

Kate Smith-Sensational Color


From jackets to gems, pillows to drapes… will you throw a splash of EMERALD into your year?



Tangerine is the Pantone color of the year!

And The Winner Is......Tangerine Tango!

The color of the year has been named by Pantone, (yes I realize its March and I’m a little late).  Tangerine Tango… Designers everywhere have shown use of this energizing color in interiors, wardrobes, and accessories in recent months.

Orange you say? Hmmm, how will I add this vibrant, bold, and sometimes intimidating color to my home? Good question.  I have a few ideas…

I would start small. Pillows, throws, or vases perhaps.  If you have a very neutral palette you can still throw in some Tangerine in a vase of tulips, or an old painted side chair or lamp.  But be careful, there can be too much of a good thing.  Too many of these accents in one room can be overwhelming.  Toning down your Tango with neutrals and patterns can help.  It’s also a good idea to spread the color evenly throughout the room instead of saturation in one area.  This is a great color if you use it well.  Have fun with it!

Melanie  Gibbs


In part 1 of our 2012 Color Guild Color Forecast posted on January 16th, we shared the Color Guild thoughts on colors from the reds, neutrals, and purples that have moved into the limelight for 2012.  All of the colors in the palette are influenced by nature, comfort, calm and harmony.  These themes, as mentioned, are not new but are showing in fresh new ways and in unexpected places!

In part 2 of the Color Guild’s 2012 Color Forecast we examine the blues, greens and yellows.

Color Is... 477 Ocean Cruise

Blues are soft and dusty, 477 Ocean Cruise is a perfect example of this hue. They are as comforting as an ocean breeze and serene as a calm day making them perfect for bathrooms and spas. Here they are paired with gray and beige marble tiles.

Color Is... 751 Green Glass & 932 Sun Splashed

Nothing is closer to nature than green and for the most part greens are warmed with yellow like 751 Green Glass. Or they can be soft sages or bright limes that coordinate with deep olive and bronze hues. Here green is shown with a tropical orange, 932 Sun Splashed.

Gold paired with Brown is still high on the list of best selling colors.

Yellow is a cheery hue, toned down to gold they are the core of many patterns, especially present in area rugs. Here gold is paired with brown, certainly not new, but it still high on the list of best sellers.

Visit your local Miller Paint location to see these exciting colors in person and to talk about the 2012 color trends!

This post was inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization which serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, Miller Paint welcomes their contributions and appreciate their opinions.


It is hard to pinpoint a single color as a trend for 2012, the purpose and place make a world of difference. What is right for a bedroom may be all wrong for a bath or an accent color. It might be easier to name what is not in vogue than to identify a specific hue.

I will concentrate on paint colors to simplify the mystique that surrounds color predictions. Paint should be the last thing that is selected when doing a color scheme for your home. Since Color Guild’s color system, Color Is comes in thousands of paint hues, any shade, tint or tone of a color can be matched for the project. Pick the high priced, long term items first then choose a paint color to enhance, coordinate or accent those pieces.

All the colors in the palette are influenced by nature, comfort, calm and harmony. These themes are not new but are shown in a fresh new way. The economy, unrest and fear fuel these trends and offer a balm for our distress.

Every color family has members that are enjoying the limelight. It may have been that color’s brothers or sisters that were famous in the past, but in the coming year the following colors will share the spotlight.

Color Is... 1135 Glam

Although red is still popular its lighter tint of off red, 1135 Glam, is showing up in unexpected places, such as leather sofas and high end carpets. The most popular flower motif is the rose, it is recognizable by more people than any other flower, and therefore they are our solace for today’s troubles. Here Glam is shown with 570 Grey Locks, which is growing in importance; it is a perfect background for the brighter colors in any color family.

Color Is... 1218 Odyssey Lilac & 322 Gabriel's Light

Pale Lilac emerges in the palette as a new neutral. 1218 Odyssey Lilac is light and dusty and its softness is like a comforting caress. It is paired here with 322 Gabriel’s Light, popular golden beige, that surrounds it in warmth and protection.

Color Is... 1173 Purple Stiletto

But bright purples will emerge in unexpected places. They are forging ahead into destinations in which they have never appeared such as kitchens and living areas. Shown here is 1173 Purple Stiletto. Like any other bright color they bring cheer and hopefulness in times of stress. Here they are shown with a crisp white, a staple in any paint palette and also a popular kitchen cabinet color.

In our next post, we will discuss blues, greens, and yellows.

This post was inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization which serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, Miller Paint welcomes their contributions and appreciate their opinions.