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Homeowners Craving Bolder Colors

Monday, April 9, 2018   /   by Brian Ness

Homeowners Craving Bolder Colors

Neutrals no more! The main focus now in interior design is color, and it’s go BOLD or go home.

“People are craving more color,” said Anna Shiwlall, owner and principal designer of 27 Diamonds Design. The colors of the year in interior design represent the demand for more colors that convey deeper messages and ulterior meanings.

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The colors of the year were caliente for Benjamin Moore, oceanside for Sherwin-Williams and ultra violet for Pantone. Caliente is a strong, radiant red, while oceanside is a more complex, deep color that balances blues and greens together. The ultra violet shade is an enigmatic purple that shows people’s yearning to understand the unknown.

“We’re really working with a lot of jewel tones,” said Laura Edge, owner of L. Ruth Interior Design.

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For the spring, interior designers are looking to couple deeper tones with brighter colors. “In terms of your pops of color, coral is still kind of a fun mix in with the navies and emerald greens,” Edge said.

Coral is mainly used as an accent color or accessory in a home, and can be found in decorative pieces. “It is the perfect balance between something that is sculptural and organic,” Shiwlall said.

Although some homeowners may go lighter with coral, others are choosing to pair their deeper tones with metallics.

Metallic tones, which were popular in the ’70s and ’80s, are making their way back into fashion in interior design.

“Brass and gold accents I think have a very sophisticated feel to them,” said Tina Delia, founder and principal interior designer at Delia Designs. Metallics are easily matchable with grays, and are popular in the form of lamps and accent tables.

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While some interior designers are choosing to match jewel tones with metallics, others are mixing gray in with colors such as purple and pink to create saturated tones.

“A really beautiful heathered lavender is really on the market,” said Janine Dowling, owner and principal designer of Janine Dowling Design. “That incredible purple tone is much more soft and moody.”

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For the past few years, blush pink has been very popular, and has even been referred to as “millennial pink” for its admiration among the generation. It has dominated everything in interior design from paint choice to furnishings to appliances.

“The blush color is still prominent,” Dowling said. “It’s not a bright, happy, preppy Lilly Pulitzer pink. If I took a paint can of pink and cut it down with grays and whites, that’s how it would look. It has a luminesce to it like a pearl.”

Delia agreed that blush pink will stick around for 2018. “I think we’ll see it continue into this year in accents such as area rugs, artwork and pillows,” she said.

Colors may be making a splash in the current waters of interior design, but the fascination surrounding bolder colors will soon settle.

“In the next couple of years, you will see the pendulum swing back to warm tones,” Edge said. “Maybe not heavy colors, but very natural stone-type colors.”


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