The most popular shabby chic colours of 2014 have managed to both surprise and meet expectations.
In earlier years we’ve noted the dominance of whites and creams, particularly the Pointing and White Tie colours from Farrow and Ball. This year was no exception to the trend.
Yes, other whites, such as Wimborne White and Strong White from Farrow and Ball are also now making an appearance, but Pointing and White Tie remain very popular.
But in 2014 we’ve also seen the strong rise of the greys. French Gray, Parma Gray and also Charleston Gray have popped up during the year. They seem to suit chests of drawers, settles and desks quite well.
Last year we noted their entry into the shabby chic colour league table when we painted several chairs in a variety of grey, green and blue shades.
This year, though, they’ve really made a run. In fact, if you were to group all the shades of grey into one they might challenge Pointing for the top position. Maybe next year?
Some subtle shades of green also made it into the list. But we missed James White this year. It has very subtle hints of green that might well be lost with furniture but are very apparent with emulsion paint.
Colour matches remain very popular. And we continue to use Johnstone’s paints for all these matches. Most times the colour shade is dead right, but we try to advise it’s an approximate match!
All the best with your own shabby chic projects in 2015!
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