Sneak Peek: The ‘It’ Paint Color for 2017


Sherwin-Williams Poised Taupe (SW 6039)

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Time to paint the house taupe. Sherwin-Williams revealed its 2017 Color of the Year: Poised Taupe (SW 6039).

The company expects the brownish-gray hue to become the year’s go-to color for home interiors.

Taupe marks a departure from the company’s mostly cool-toned neutrals it has tended to favor recently. A 2016 industry survey suggests a transition from gray to taupe. Nearly 40 percent of survey respondents said they would like to use warmer neutrals – such as warm grays, taupes, or beiges – in their home’s colors. What’s more, about two in five respondents said taupe was the neutral they would most choose.

For a perfect pairing, Sherwin-Williams designers recommend combining Poised Taupe with pastels, brights, and jewel tones (such as a faded indigo hue for a French countryside look or combine it with a teal or sunny yellow for a more bold impact).

“Poised Taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral, and also brings in the warmth of brown, taking a color to an entirely new level,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “Not cool or warm, nor gray or brown, Poised Taupe is a weathered, woodsy neutral bringing a sense of coziness and harmony that people are seeking.”

Take a look.


Photo courtesy: Sherwin-Williams


Photo courtesy: Sherwin-Williams


Photo courtesy: Sherwin-Williams

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Lynn Yarbrough

    I’m afraid you got this wrong. Color of the year should be Drizzle SW 6479!!! Especially if you live in Florida!! Although it would go with your taupe

  2. Lynn, I just looked up “Drizzle SW 6479” and what a colorful pop that would make in a home! I love hearing others chime in with more great paint colors they’ve discovered!
    (Here’s a link for those curious about Drizzle:

    Thanks for sharing, Lynn!
    Melissa Tracey

  3. Melissa,

    I just bought this paint color yesterday. It makes the bright white pop. Keep the posts coming. This is great information.

  4. Dorothy Philipps

    I’ve always liked Taupe. Does anyone have feedback onValspar sandstone (Lowes) or brushed suede finish (ala Spitfire SU132 neutral grey brown, Ralph Lauren Paint)? I was impressed at an open house last year where living and dining room were painted in a light sandstone color. I have never seen the brush suede finish on an actual wall.

  5. Lottie

    Hello: Where is this beautiful floor mirror from?

  6. Donna

    The paint is very nice but I have been looking for this headboard for a while. Can you please disclose the manufacturer and where it can be purchased?