Stuck in a color rut? Infuse your spaces with a color that’s hot now, but will create a look you’ll love for years to come. Our color decorating tips and top color trend picks will show you how.
Gray is still the neutral of the moment, and it has held that spot for quite awhile. Since it’s a neutral, gray is easy to live with and is an ideal backdrop for other colors such as blues. Try it where you otherwise might use cream or white.
In addition to being a versatile wall color, gray also plays well on accents. Incorporate natural textures in gray, such as wicker chairs or baskets and weathered wood finishes. These additions will soften a colorful room, but since they are textural, they’ll bring much-needed visual interest to blank spaces.
Blue never seems to go out of style. The shade on everyone’s lips now is indigo. When used as a wall color, indigo may come on strong, but since it’s a classic, it’s completely livable and won’t seem out of place a few years from now. To maintain a traditional air, pair it with rich wood floors, creamy white linens, and a touch of golden yellow. For an up-to-date twist, incorporate more modern patterns and geometric shapes.
Even as an accent, indigo has a “use it now, love it later” mentality. Infuse it as an accent in a room where you are already using shades of blue. Use patterns that pair indigo with white, such as this striped rug and ikat fabric, for extra style points.
The ghosts of trendy purples past (think mauve and eggplant) may share a color family with today’s orchid, but we think this sister shade has more staying power. Orchid lands right in the middle: It’s not too dull (like eggplant), nor is it overly grayed out (ahem, mauve). It’s bright enough to be unique, but restrained enough to come across as classy.
If you’re not sure orchid is the purple for you, take one tiny step to the left or right. To your left, you’ll get a beautiful lavender, which sports a little more gray. And to your right, you’ll land on plum, a richer, more traditional shade. Use one or both of these shades as accents in a white-and-gray room for a look that’s colorful, tasteful, and right on trend.
If earthy green makes you think moss and olive circa 1996, think again. These drab, cold shades are being replaced by brighter versions with a bit more yellow. Colors like grass and emerald inject earthy richness into a color scheme and work well with both neutrals and other colors.
For a small dose of earthy green, incorporate patterns in shades of green and cream, as well as in a few accessories or even a plant or two. This room uses a green leather sofa to tie the color scheme together. If you’re not ready to jump in quite that deep, a sofa matching neutrals already in your room would do the trick.
No shade brightens a room quite like yellow. Even muted versions like straw or honey have a cozy effect and can warm up the dreariest of spaces. Play with shades of yellow in a color scheme by incorporating tones that range from light to dark in saturation.
Even a punch or two of yellow can do wonders for a space. If you’re going the yellow-as-an-accent route, be sure to use the color at least three times. The yellow-and-white striped pillows on this sofa look smart, but would appear out of place if not for the yellow in the artwork, accessories, and chair pillow.