7 Popular Decorating Colors
by Julie Lohmeier
Description: Popular paint colors to brighten your home decor.
Picking the right color for a room can often be the most
difficult decorating decision. The best way to find a color you
like is to look at other homes, restaurants, and good
old-fashioned paint chips. Here are some popular colors in
decorating right now. The specific colors I refer to are from
Buff: This is the new neutral. It looks great with trim â€“
stained or bright white (my classic favorite), is neutral but not
boring off-white. I have this color throughout nearly half of my
house including hallways, foyer, and basement. Everything works
well with it. Buff can range from tan to deep taupe. Some
specific colors are Tyler Taupe, Porter Ridge Tan, and Shelburne
Buff. Also, consider Chestertown Buff, a designers' favorite.
It's warm, not too gold, not too taupe and not too bold. It
works well in many settings and any room.
Mocha: Similar to Buff but deeper in hue. This is the rich warm
color of coffee and chocolate and a very popular color for 2006,
used as an accent and alone as well as paired with turquoise and
Blue: Making a big comeback, blue is no longer the robin egg's
blue of your grandmother's house growing up or powder baby-boy
blue but either a slate or steel blue (Jamestown Blue) or even a
more vibrant Caribbean blue (see Ash Blue or Deep Ocean). It can
go from bedroom to bathroom to more formal rooms quite easily.
You'll often see this paired with white or red for a nautical
theme or with light yellow or gold in traditional patterns. In
our office, we used Summer Nights, a deep blue that's not navy,
not turquoise, not royal but really rich and vibrant.
Coral: I'm seeing this color used in dining and living rooms.
Use a pale color on the walls and a deeper hue as accents. Or be
bold and use it alone. Check out Crazy for You. This is
officially one of the hot colors for 2006.
Green: Green is big too--ranging from seafoam to lime
(Pleasant Grove) to almost army drab (Weathersfield Moss). Spring
Valley is a versatile soothing color, appropriate for living
rooms and bedrooms. You can use a variety of colors to accent--
from cream for an understated look to peach or plums for more
Red: A favorite of decorators. Use it in dining rooms or living
rooms where you want to make a bold statement. Great for
traditional or Asian styles. Take a peek at Ladybug Red or
Gold: Paired with every color imaginable--red, blue, purple,
or by itself. As an accent or as the predominant color. Very
popular in Tuscan decorating, especially with faux finishes.
Check out Concord Ivory--a very modern version of a
Bold colors still rule although lighter pastels are being shown
as accents and increasingly for dining and living rooms. Although
I have seen beautifully appointed rooms using purples and plums -
a really hot trend a few years ago - it seems that these hues may
be cooling off.
Julie Lohmeier is the veteran of numerous home remodeling and building projects. From working hands on and doing much of the work herself to hiring contractors and construction managers, she has seen the entire spectrum of home improvement. She shares her remodeling tips, home decorating ideas, and other various rants at http://www.myhomeredux.com. Subscribe to her free newsletter at: http://myhomeredux.typepad.com/blog/2005/09/get_my_home_red_2.html
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