From the bold look of the 60s, to the earthy tones of the 70s and pastel hues of the 80s, paint trends through the decades have been anything but boring. With the help of some experts from leading paint companies, we’ve rounded up the must-have shades through the years, starting in 1965. Which paint color was the most popular the year you were born?
Home interiors in the 1960s were filled with vibrant colors, including a bright, neon blue. Experts from Benjamin Moore and Behr agree that electric blue walls showed up in homes everywhere during this time, creating the bold, colorful look associated with the 60s today.
The pink walls of the 1960s were a far cry from today’s subtle millennial pink. Fuchsia and magenta walls, like Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore’s , made a statement in homes across the country in 1966.
From walls to carpets, orange was the hottest home color in 1967. From Behr’s to Benjamin Moore’s and , no late-1960s home was complete without this color on its walls.
Following the popularity of citrus orange, lemon yellow and lime green walls had their own moment of popularity. Benjamin Moore cites “” as one of their most popular colors during this time, while Sherwin William’s “” and PPG’s “” were popular interior colors.
Beginning the move away from poppy neon colors of the 1960s, Benjamin Moore says was the popular color that closed out the decade.
With the first-ever Earth Day in April 1970, the early 70s saw a shift from the bold, bright colors of the 60s to toned-down earthy shades like beige, avocado, rust, and brown. Behr’s “” and Benjamin Moore’s “” and “” covered the walls of 1970s homes.
Experts from , , , and agree that Avocado Green was the “It” color of the early 70s. This mild green color showed up on appliances, carpets, doors and walls, and was the color of choice for the living room in “The Brady Bunch,” which ran from 1969-1974.
As the earthy trend continued throughout the 70s, Harvest Gold emerged as a popular home color, lightening spaces dominated by wood-paneled walls.
Experts from , , and point out the dominance of rust-colored decor in the mid-70s, a subtler alternative to the bold orange walls that dominated a decade earlier.
From stained wood to nearly-black walls, homeowners in the mid-70s weren’t afraid to dabble in the dark side. Benjamin Moore’s “” was one of the company’s most popular colors this year.
Despite the popularity of avocado green, terracotta orange, and dark gray interiors, off-white and beige walls had their time to shine in the late 70s, as seen on the set of ‘All in the Family,’ which ran from 1971-1979.
Earth tones maintained their popularity throughout the 70s, but sandy emerged a popular choice for paint colors as a new decade approached.
For the first time this decade, cooler tones make a big comeback. Benjamin Moore’s was the brand’s most popular color as the 1970s came to a close, ushering in the pastel takeover of the 1980s.
Out with the heavy earth tones of the 1970s, and in with the frothy pastel palette of the 1980s. From country-style decor to chintz, was another interior trend that was welcomed with the new decade.
walls allowed bold furnishings – like artwork, furniture, pillows and rugs – the chance to stand out.
A few years after the 1981 premiere of MTV and its bold purple logo, this pale purple color was also a popular interior color in homes across the country.
With its pastel palettes, the 1984 premiere of ‘Miami Vice’ took this soft peachy color to new heights. , , and all agree its popularity translated to interior colors, as well.
Halfway through the decade, the trend of “soft” colors doesn’t seem to be slowing down. walls were popular, and can be seen throughout the set of “The Cosby Show,” which premiered in 1984.
Homeowners favored soft blues and greens throughout the decade, and was especially popular in the mid-1980s.
Pastels remained popular for most of the decade, but the once peachy-pink gave way to a subtler, , pink.
As the popularity of pastels faded, gray walls emerged as an alternative neutral to off-white. For two years in a row, Benjamin Moore’s was their most popular.
A new decade brought an end to the beloved pastels of the 1980s, bringing back earthy tones more reminiscent of the 70s. Beige, brown, terracotta, deep red, and green were the most popular during this era, starting with a
Benjamin Moore’s most popular color in 1991 was “” a deep reddish-brown color. Sherwin-Williams also has a similar that was popular during this time.
Call it a throwback to the 70s or its own bold look, but green was everywhere in the 90s. was especially popular in the early 90s.
From Pantone’s “” to Benjamin Moore’s “,” this subdued alternative to forest green had its own moment in 1993.
Orange seems to take the spotlight every decade. From Sherwin-Williams “” to Benjamin Moore’s “’” terracotta was the color of choice in 1994.
While the eclectic style of Monica and Rachel’s apartment from ‘Friends’ (which premiered in 1994) was a signature style of the early to mid 90s, so was its dark walls. From deep purple to , this dark look was popular in the middle of the decade.
French, country-style kitchens were all the rage in the early 90s. French blue emerged as a popular interior color, especially when it was used as an accent against beige or neutral walls.
While the decade was nearing its end, dark walls were still in fashion. Benjamin Moore’s ‘Otter Brown’ was its most popular color in 1997.
The dominance of the color green stayed strong throughout the 90s. From Sherwin-Williams’ “” to Benjamin Moore’s “,” green walls remained a popular choice for homeowners.