Today, Dee Schlotter, the National Color Brand Manager for PPG Pittsburgh Paints, shows off Heartland’s model home in the North Hills Community of Pinecrest and discusses how to choose interior paint colors for your home, with paint tips featuring paint trends for 2013.

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Hi I’m Dee Schlotter, National Color Brand Manager for PPG Pittsburgh Paints.

We are at a beautiful Model Home in a Heartland Homes Community called Pinecrest, here in the North Hills. This living area and this living space has become the new living space for homeowners today. It’s not your traditional living room; it’s an open space area that opens into the kitchen and into the eating area. So you have a space to gather with your family, a common space. And the space has very high ceilings typically. And it’s a very open space that a family can be together, no matter where there are.

How important is color?

The color is extremely important throughout the entire house, in every single room. And especially now, even though you continue to see neutrals through the house, which are very common colors, colors that people are very comfortable with and that go with any furniture fabric, or flooring; we’re still seeing a lot of opportunity for accent walls, like the blue wall behind me. Or pulling in color other ways, like through pillows and accessories.

What are the color trends for next year?

We see the continual revival of color in the trends coming for 2013. The last two years we’ve seen, again moving away from the greys, and the really almost somber depression era colors, to a much more robust, fun, big color.

For example, 2012, the biggest color the year was a clean red, so it was a very beautiful clean, bright red that we saw a throughout all the textile market, pillows and fabrics; that we saw coming in fashion. The other big color of the year was Tangerine Orange, which was this is really nice bright clean orange, very happy colors… big colors; based on where we were two years ago. In 2012 that trends going to continue.

The blue you see behind me is going to be one of those trend colors. It’s less green, those aquas become a little more blue, for next year. So it’s a great color to use. Again these colors that we see in this room the beige, the cream colors are still very popular colors, in fact our most popular paint colors. But the trends are still moving towards those big, bold clean colors.

The other piece that we see in color trends for next year are pastels; and a lot of people cringe when they hear the pastels because, they’re worried about the eighties those awful pastels! But they’re much more creamy pastels, so they’re softened. You’re going to see a lot of that coming in fashion for next spring and those colors will come into home décor the second half of next year!

Like the home shown? See more new homes in Pine Township !

About Adam Packard

Adam Packard has been a marketing professional for over 10 years. During that span he has spent time in the gaming, racing, entertainment and real estate industries. Outside of the office, he enjoys all types of sports, including basketball, baseball, golf & harness racing. He resides in Moon Township, with his wife Jackie and two sons Nicholas & Jacob.