According to Better Homes and Gardens, this year’s hot color palette is both vibrant and subdued, and will leave you dreaming of a tropical beach vacation! Each color is gorgeous on its own, but together they will make quite a happy statement in your home. Perfect for a kitchen, bath, or just about anywhere, the secret to this pairing is a balance of cool and warm tones that are sophisticated with a touch of fun.
Blue: Ask any Interior Designer or Real Estate Expert and they will tell you the most timeless and popular interior color is blue. To achieve the look of 2016, start with a cool, smoky, mid-tone blue on walls to anchor your space, or opt for neutral walls in cool gray or sandy beige, paired with ocean blue accents and accessories. Think area rugs, throw pillows, blankets and lamps in the living room and bedroom, or natural-fiber linens, fabric valences, pottery canisters, and small appliances in the kitchen.
Gray: Cool gray is right on trend, and works well with all styles of decorating, from classic to contemporary. This muted neutral can look dreary if you go too dark, so stick with a silvery light gray with blue or green undertones. Remember, this year’s palette is upbeat and cheerful! Not just for walls, cool gray can also be found in furniture, granite or marble countertops, wood and tile flooring, and beautiful kitchen cabinets, like Roosevelt Dove Gray from Willow Lane Cabinetry.
Green: This neutral brings a touch of nature indoors. The popular green of 2016 is muted and has a hint of blue that pulls it towards the serene aqua color of sea glass. The perfect choice for walls that want a hint of color, this green gives off a spa-like atmosphere when paired with crisp white in a bathroom, and can be a stunning choice for the kitchen, working equally well with most kitchen cabinet finishes.
Pink: The right shade of gentle pink can be feminine and classy, without being overtly sweet. Select a cool, pale pink that leans towards light coral or salmon to achieve the look. This pink looks lovely on bedroom walls or incorporated into duvet covers, shams, area rugs and lamps. It is also a natural choice in a foyer or dining room.
Orange: Orange can be energizing without being brash. This year’s zingy color will leave you craving a refreshing, citrusy creamsicle. Add a little or a lot! Include a pinch of orange in bathroom shower curtains and towels, or add a colorful stand mixer or accent wall in the kitchen. This color can be used just about anywhere to liven up a space.
For a look that’s right on point, mix and match these colors to your heart’s desire, being sure to incorporate at least of a touch of all five in the palette. Choose one or two as the dominant colors, for example, gray and blue, and accessorize with a pop of the remaining colors, for example, pink, green and orange.
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