THE HUE: SPRUCE BLUE
Why now? “We’ve seen neutrals evolve from the deep browns of the early 2000s to the greys and variations of white that have been trending in recent years,” says Erika Woelfel, vice-president of colour and creative services at Behr. Now, she adds, “people are looking for easy ways to incorporate more colour into their homes.”
Plays well with... Bolder shades like tangerine orange or deep green. Or pair the soothing greenish-grey blue with white trim and bronze accents in the kitchen or bath, suggests Woelfel. (In the Moment, Behr, $53.97 for 3.79 litres, at The Home Depot, thehomedepot.ca)
THE HUE: RICH SAGE GREEN
Why now? “It has a dark, masculine feel that can bring small spaces to life and elevate a whole scheme,” says Joa Studholme, international colour consultant for Farrow & Ball.
Plays well with... Cobalt blue—in fact, experts at Farrow & Ball picked a blue/green combo as their choice hues of the season. “Surprising colour combinations are key for home decor this spring,” adds Studholme, who suggests painting one hue on the bottom half of the wall and trim and—gasp!—the other colour on the top half and the ceiling. (Calke Green, Farrow & Ball, $110 for 3.79 litres, farrow-ball.com)