When Colors are Discontinued

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WHEN COLORS ARE DISCONTINUED

By Margaret Riley

Each year we have a new palette of colors thrown at us. Do any of you remember when Mauve and Colonial Blue were the “in” colors? When people started seeking those colors for their home décor, so did our paint companies. Each company had various shades of Mauve and Colonial Blue for home décor accents to be created.

As paint companies created the “in” colors, many colors had to be taken out of the manufacturing line. Retail stores only have so much room to display and sell paints. If you have tried to find a specific color and couldn’t, it probably was a low selling paint color for the manufacturer. It might be your favorite color but manufacturers can’t keep every color in their “line”.

It’s hard on an artist/designer that creates pattern packets. They specify colors to use and then down the road those colors are discontinued. Most companies will have a combination to mix to achieve that color as close to the original color. But when an entire brand of paint is taken off the market, it is hard on everyone in the industry (artists, publishers, etc.). It can’t be avoided as colors come and go.

It is a good thing to have some colors discontinued. You have to look at the positive side that you have a company that keeps up with the trends and the going rage of specific colors. Most paint companies can be contacted to see discontinued paint colors for that year and see the new paint colors. One company has already announced its colors that will be discontinued in 2019. New colors will be introduced in January with all the paint colors you are familiar with.

Meanwhile, relax and enjoy the multitude of colors you have! Trying to keep up with the colors available can cause you to go insane (people think artists are a little weird anyway!).


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  • Margaret Riley on

    Most paint companies can be contacted via email to find out how to mix for a discontinued color. And it can be found on the internet, too. There is a book available that shows how to mix for a color: Decorative Painting Color Match Sourcebook by Bobbie Pearcy. You might try to find it on Amazon. It is worth the investment.

  • Betsy Levels on

    I have seen color example “swatches” pictured in patterns with the color list when colors have to be mixed. It would be helpful if publishers would include that with all listed colors so that we had a reference even when the desired color is no longer on the market, or if we have to substitute from our own paint supplies. I have suggested this to a couple of publishers before, but haven’t seen much of it in print.


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