If you are considering hiring a house painter in Surrey BC, this is a good time of year to do some research on house painting colour trends. Though it’s early in the year, colour trends have already been established based on consumers’ paint buying habits. Major paint manufactures have already released their colour trend forecasts.

Do Surrey Painting Companies Follow Colour Trends?

As a professional Surrey painters, the Blue Chip Painting team keeps an eye on painting forecasts and trends that affect the local industry. Though trends certainly don’t change the quality of the work we do, we like to know what’s popular so we can provide insight if our customers ask for guidance on colour.

House painting colour trends are fascinating, and what we’ve come to learn is that there are always enough colours in each year’s preferred palette to match the sensibilities of nearly any taste. Paint colour palettes, no matter the trend, are generally safe and easy-to-live with. There’s something for everyone.

Choosing your interior house paint colours from amongst this year’s trendy colours will really brighten up the look and feel of your home. The exterior house painting colours will help your home to stand out and really pique the interest of passersby, friends, and family.

The 2016 Colour of the Year

House painting in Surrey BC is definitely in step with trends being seen in the rest of North America. We do see this year’s trendy colours cropping up in customer’s colour choices. Off-white, for example. There will always be that classic choice, and, this year it is the colour of the year! According to houzz.com, who took a sampling of 2016 paint colour forecasts of different paint companies, the overall “colour of the year” winner is off-white.

The great thing about this choice for interior or exterior house painting is that the more conservative of us will feel confident this year in not choosing a vibrant colour as the main colour for our home, apartment or condo. Off-white is a safe, classic colour that pairs well with touches of more vibrant or contrasting hues. White is easy to live with, clean, open, airy and relaxed. Whether you decorate with a clean, modern style, California beach-inspired hues, or with a more traditional appeal, you’ll find an off-white that suits your style.


Surrey house painting colour trends 2016

Both Benjamin-Moore and Glidden have made off-white their paint colour of the year, and Sherwin-Williams and Behr both have off-white choices in their 2016 paint colour trends forecast. These house paint colours take the edge off the “white as snow” white that was popular in years past. They are likely to look fantastic in your Surrey house, and still look great five, even ten years from now.

As you can see by the swatches above, there are a variety of off-white colours, each quite different than the other. Some lean toward the cool side of the colour spectrum while others are warmer. So, when you ask for “off-white” you’ll have to be much more specific!

Simply White interior / exterior paint colour by Benjamin MooreSimply White (OC-117) by Benjamin Moore
Simply White is a bright, though slightly cream off-white that’s great for interior painting or exterior trim, walls and ceilings, and as main colour, too. This classic off-white is fresh, clean and easy to live with. We’ve seen a lot of this shade of off-white already (and in past years) as the colour of choice for Surrey houses.

Ivory Keys off-white interior / exterior paint colour by BehrIvory Keys (T16-17) by Behr
Ivory Keys has just a hint of warmth. A touch of beachy-sandy warmth that will pair well with other earth tones. Our Surrey painting company has painted quite a few houses with shades similar to this.

Alabaster off-white interior exterior painting colour by GliddenAlabaster (SW7008) by Sherwin-Williams
Alabaster is also a neutral off-white, but it leans toward cool with just a hint of green when compared to the other off-white swatches. Alabaster pairs well contrasting warmer pastels, but would work equally well with blue-greys.

Cappuccino off-white interior exterior painting colour by GliddenCappuccino White (45YY 74/073) by Glidden
Cappuccino White has a nice beige warmth with a darker tone than the other off-white choices. You can pair it with lighter whites or off-whites, or contrasting warmer, darker earth tones.


In part 2 of this post, we take a closer look at 2016 colour forecast families.