Green Building Takes on a New Meaning, According to 2008 Color Trends

Green may be the new black, according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert with The Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute. Zimmer's 2008 trendy paint palettes feature the colors expected to be most popular in interior spaces in the year ahead-whether in paint, furnishings or the glass used increasingly in interior spaces.

"Green may just become the newest 'neutral' color." Used as a subtle backdrop to reflect an enhanced eco-consciousness and social responsibility, green will be representative of the growing environmental movement," Zimmer says. "Mid-tone hues of fern, palm, pine and sage will be used on their own or coupled with clear blue or aqua to create a living space that conjures up a sense of outdoor-friendly living. Sandy tan and adobe brown can be intermingled to complete that earthy and eco-friendly feel."

Zimmer says these combinations are an especially good choice for bathrooms, kitchens and living spaces.

Gaining popularity in 2008, black and white is becoming the backdrop of choice for glamorous spaces. Silver metallics and high sheen finishes along with rich textures benefit from the sophistication of this striking palette.

The crewel color palette reflects consumers returning interest in crafts, home cooking and family focused activities. Like a rich and color-filled needlepoint pattern, these hues add a personalized feel to a space, Zimmer says. Rich cranberry reds, warm browns, along with pumpkin orange create a nurturing and caring environment. Mix in deep-toned blue and the tapestry is complete. Crewel colors remain a good choice for kitchen or dining areas, according to Zimmer.