The Latest Trends and How to Use Them
Metallic Paint: Today's metallic paint is not the artificial looking gold or silver flaky stuff of past; for starters, you have more choices in color than ever before when it comes to metallics and you can use them to create bold sparking effects or subtle sheens of shimmering opulence. Pairing metallics with deep bold colors like red gives a room a glamorous effect. You can use it on the walls to give a room a brighter appearance or on accents and decorative objects to add just as much shimmer as you desire. Cool combinations like blue and silver or gold and white produce a sophisticated look.
Shades of Gray: From nearly-black charcoal to striking platinum, gray is an easy-to-use neutral that complements any color scheme. It adds a stately serene look to a space when combined with white and/or black and it offers a grounded backdrop for bold accents such as teal or yellow.
Boldly Retro: Retro-inspired hues like turquoise or pink could be overwhelming if used exclusively or to excess, but as accents against a neutral color or a monochromatic palette of black and white, they add a bold pop of fun vibrant color and personality. To keep the focus on the bright color, choose your accessories and their placement carefully, and don't overdo it.
Restrained Color Palette: A restrained palette of two or three colors is an easy way to update the look of your home. Closely related colors, like black, brown and white, look sophisticated and fresh. Use different textures in the color group to add interest: Mix smooth with woven fabric, glossy surfaces with texture, glass with stone, and so forth. A single accent color for accessories can also be chosen for a particular space, such as tangerine for the living room or turquoise for the bath. This gives you continuity throughout your entire home while adding individual touches to each room.
Earthy Hues: Earthy tones like beige, stone and sand provide a soothing backdrop that allows bold modern colors like aubergine or cobalt stand out even more while adding warmth to a space.
Decorator Tips for Designing with Color
The color scheme in a room can be tied together by choosing a mix of a neutral color, a dominant color and two or three colors for accenting. The neutral color provides the backdrop, such as the walls and flooring and the dominant color is used for large pieces in the room, repeated in major pieces of furniture or perhaps used on a focal wall. The accent colors are repeated throughout the room in accessories and smaller furnishings that are pulled together in an area rug or large work of art.
A color formula for success is the 60-30-10 rule for scattering color throughout the space. The dominant color provides 60% of your palette, the secondary color is used in 30% of the room and the accent color is sprinkled in as 10% of the color combination.
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