Apr 02 2014

Awaken Your Home With New Paint Colors and Décor Trends

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Westlake Ace Hardware helps homeowners invite a breath of fresh air indoors this spring and summer with hot new colors and eye-popping projects.


KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 13, 2014 – Westlake Ace Hardware, in conjunction with Ace Hardware’s team of Design Experts – Julie Richard (Boston, Mass.), Nathan Fischer (Orange County, Calif.) and Katie Reynolds (Dallas, Texas) – is unveiling its predictions for the top spring 2014 color and home décor trends. These design trends and modern paint colors evoke the fresh, brighter days of summer.

The on-trend palette of seasonal hues from Ace’s exclusive Clark+Kensington® paint+primer features a mix of deep blues, inviting pastels and vibrant pops of rich color balanced alongside classic grays and neutrals.


  • Take a page from the season’s first floral blooms by pairing a bright color with a neutral shade. An entryway painted in a light, classic gray like Garden Stone N-C10 pairs beautifully with an accent piece such as a table or bench painted in a vivid pink coral like Precious Peonies 06D-4.


  • Dining room ceilings painted in deep, rich colors with a high-gloss finish will continue to be on-trend this season. Try Midnight Oil 36B-7, a dark navy, to evoke the feeling of the night sky paired with a creamy white such as Light Navajo White CW-W8 on the walls to keep the space feeling open.


  • Transform a kitchen by painting the upper cabinetry in a classic white and the lower cabinetry in a deep gray like Smokey Eyes N-C22 to add an airy, updated feeling to the room.


  • Lovely spring colors in small doses can add big impact to any room. Cheer things up in a bathroom or laundry room by accenting window casings in Forever Young 39C-3, a pastel purple hue, or by incorporating it into a bedroom on a closet door or old dresser.



  • Add a designer look without overpowering the space by selecting a dark charcoal such as Black Chiffon N-C15 or Charcoal Pencil 34A-5 instead of a true black hue on doors, moldings, trim and cabinets.


  • Add an airy femininity to a space by pairing hues of pale pink with whites and tones of classic navy. Cherry Blossom 03D-2, the perfect shade of blush, looks glamorous when painted on a piece of accent furniture such as a table or chest and then placed against a rich, navy wall.


  • Classic gray hues such as After the Rain N-C11 continue to be popular this season and look great in any room. Add visual interest and a designer look to any space by pairing this color on trim, molding and window and door casings with a crisp white on the walls.


  • Update an old dresser with a fresh coat of paint and bold pops of color on the drawers for a whimsical look. Paint the body white and mix it up with two or three bright hues, using one color on each drawer – Etruscan Gold 21D-5, a warm, deep yellow, is a great color to start with and perfect for the sunny days of spring.


Once the colors are selected, try some of these eye-catching décor tips:


  • Graphic details were on-trend last season and this will continue into spring, moving from the walls and onto floors and ceilings. Try a pattern such as fretwork, either painted or stenciled, onto these surfaces for a gorgeous and sophisticated look.


  • Interiors will take a page from the outdoors this season. Expect to see floral designs increase in popularity as homeowners welcome spring by bringing outdoor elements inspired by the season into their homes.


  • Combining cool water tones in varying shades of blue with natural and organic elements like stones and wood will be a popular way to bring memories of vacations by the water into the home to enjoy all season. 


Clark+Kensington, a premium line of paint+primer in one, is available exclusively at Ace Hardware and its semi-gloss finish was ranked #1 by a leading consumer magazine in recent tests of interior paints. The paint line features designer-selected hues that cover the entire color spectrum, providing homeowners with a selection of beautiful, livable colors that meet their personal style preferences. 


About Westlake Ace Hardware


Westlake Ace Hardware was founded in 1905 and today operates 85 neighborhood hardware stores in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. Westlake is the largest member of the Ace Hardware Cooperative, giving the company access to over 70,000 items. Westlake product categories include traditional hardware categories such as fasteners, tools, plumbing and electric supplies and paint. For more information, please visit westlakehardware.com.

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