Seafoam green might have you thinking of a sickly pale hue that was loved by grandmas in 80s, but it's having a bit of a revival, and Valspar has just offered up a twist on this shade as the next big color trend for 2024.
Valspar has announced its Color of the Year for next year as "Renew Blue" - a reimagined seafoam with a touch more blue to create a more modern hue that speaks to what interior designers are doing with color now.
And we've already spotted this color trend coming through in interior design projects and even in the odd celebrity home. Here's what you need to know about decorating with it.
Why is this color trending?
Renew Blue is described as a 'balanced blue with a touch of greyed sea-green that focuses on wellness and comfort' by Valspar. Not quite blue, not quite green (and not even teal), it's a color that embraces the softness of these hues, draws on their natural leanings and feels calm, even spa-like, but feels a little less played out than the light blue and sage green paint colors it can easily replace.
'Sea green has innate calming properties,' Portland-based interior designer Alissa Pulcrano, CEO of Bright Designlab tells us, 'and we deliberately integrated it into many of our palettes for this reason alone.'
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While in one scheme it can feel natural and peaceful, in another it can feel energetic, even creative. In model and presenter Emily Ratajkowski's home, a seafoam couch grounds a scheme that's filled with colorful artworks and objects, proving that it's a color that sits well alongside many other hues.
What colors go well with seafoam?
'We recommend neutrals - a warm taupe like Valspar Perfect Backdrop is perfect - to balance the cool tones of Renew Blue,' Sue adds. 'Layering in pale tints like a warm grey with Renew Blue helps to create a soothing and relaxing space. Additionally, a striking neutral shade like dark grey allows for an immersive contrast when paired with the airiness of Renew Blue.'
If you're stuck for colors to pair with this seafoam-y blue, then look to nature for palette ideas. 'The inspiration behind using the sea foam color in this space was driven by the landscape seen and experienced outside this home,' explains Boston-based interior designer Sashya Thind, who designed this modern home around a soft palettes of greens and blues.
'The colors we paired it with here are a dark blue, but in the past, I have also paired rust with sea foam. Blush tones or red would be a great combination as well,' she suggests. This refreshed color direction is perfect for creating a tranquil color palette. As we look to create an environment to recharge and relax in, renew blue is the ideal shade.
The mood of 2024 is moving towards more subtle and versatile colors for our homes. The vibrant paint ideas have had their moment but it is time to embrace a more soothing approach to color in our homes.
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Amy recently completed an MA in Magazine Journalism at City, University of London, with experience writing for Women’s lifestyle publications across arts, culture, and beauty. She has a particular love for the minimalist aesthetic mixed with mid-century furniture, especially combining unique vintage finds with more modern pieces. Her previous work in luxury jewellery has given her a keen eye for beautiful things and clever design, that plays into her love of interiors. As a result, Amy will often be heard justifying homeware purchases as 'an investment', wise words to live by.
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