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Flooring Ideas to Compliment the 2017 Color of the Year

By Jill

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 4:08 AM

Photos from Sherwin Williams website

“Weathered, woodsy, complex, cozy.” These are the words emphasized in Sherwin-Williams’ promotional video for their 2017 “Color of the Year.” What color palette comes to your mind when you hear those words? Certainly not last year’s “Alabaster” white…

This year’s “Color of the Year” is “Poised Taupe SW 6039.” Part earthen brown, part conservative gray, Sherwin-Williams’ comments on its choice as: “both modern and classic, and a beautiful balance of warm and cool.” Essentially, Poised Taupe has been defined as “the new neutral.”

Since traditional neutrals have been monochromatic greys, there has been a recent shift in the design world to more complex taupes and browns, according to Sherwin-Williams. Influences include: “natural or organic materials, weathered and worn finishes and global cultural preferences,” denoting its worldly essence. House Beautiful observed that Poised Taupe, “definitely strikes the balance between bold and subtle.”

Floor Covering Weekly recently noted that the design world is seeing a trend in calmer, more peaceful spaces. Largely due to the fact that our lives are busier now than ever with technology and multi-tasking, people want to come home to a place that is the opposite of what they experience during the work day: Serenity. Colors have a huge impact on our mood -- a color like Poised Taupe has the potential to both inspire and pacify.

At Barry Carpet, we embrace Poised Taupe as a gender neutral hue with a polished modern twist. Sherwin-Williams has offered color pairing templates on their website that compliments Poised Taupe in any setting. Here are some examples below:

Wine & Taupe

Deep wine, purple and Poised Taupe bring warmth to the dark tones favored in 2017. Silver grey and intense teal provide balance and drama to this rich, mysterious palette.

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Perhaps if you are re-decorating for fall, you may want to pair Poised Taupe with deeper wine and purple hues as in the Sherwin-Williams’ recommended palette: “Wine & Taupe.”

Some beautiful carpet options to pair with the color of the year are:


  • Nourison - Texture Weave, Charcoal
  • Stanton - Migrate, Mercury
  • Fabrica - Chez Cote, Blackberry Sorbet


  • Rosecore - Supreme Envy, Shiraz
  • Bellbridge - Impressions, 20/8007 Volo
  • Louis de Poortere - The Vintage Collection, Forget Me Not

Some classic hardwood options to pair with the color of the year are:

  • California Classics - Mediterranean Collection, Calabria, French Oak
  • Mirage - Imagine Collection Old Hickory Barn Wood

Interested in finding out which style of flooring is most suitable for your home or office? Come in to our West LA showroom and one of our highly skilled sales associates will guide you which direction to go!

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