Interior Home Color Trends That Are Hot Now
The color of the year, as decreed by Pantone (world-renowned authority on color), is a vibrant shade known as Tangerine Tango. If you're feeling brave, try painting an entire accent wall and watch your space come alive. But if a wall of electric orange feels like a little much, don't fret -- all it takes to transform a room are a few strategic pops of color, like throw pillows or neon-colored knick-knacks.
Whether you call it electric blue, royal blue or Mediterranean blue, it's making waves around the world this season. Pair it with white to evoke the sun-drenched Greek isles, or turn up the heat by pairing it with complementary colors like crimson or orange. (Tangerine Tango, anyone?)
In the pink
Blame it on Barbie and Nicky Minaj: hot pink is a hot color this summer. Give this sweetheart of a color a retro look with graphic, black accents that hearken back to the '80s. Or throw yourself into a delirium of carnival color and mix it with reds, oranges and even purples.
The color of sunshine and caution tape, brilliant yellow is everywhere this year. Those who like things sunny and warm will love it with reds and oranges. If you prefer more restraint, the industrial-chic combo of yellow and grey is a surefire winner.
Hint: Yellow supposedly speeds up the metabolism, which makes it a perfect choice for the kitchen or dining room.
Once a staple of 1950s interiors, mint is making a huge comeback. The latest look is retro-chic, yet thoroughly modern. Mint can feel a little icy, so be sure to balance it with soft, warm colors like blush, chocolate brown, black, gold and cream.
A hint of tint
Pastels offer a more subtle way to play with color. Sherbet colors play nicely with others, so it's a cinch to mix and match your hues. White accents lend an airy, cheerful look to your pastel décor, while black or chocolate brown accents anchor the room and add a more intimate feel.
Forget taupe and greige -- metallics are the new neutral. From silver wallpaper to gold lamp shades, metallics add an element of luxe to your décor.
They also brighten up your space, literally, by reflecting available light. Bonus points for accent pieces that render brilliant colors in a reflective sheen.
Block by block
One of the most popular ways to play with color this year is called color blocking. Not for the faint of heart, this bold effect is easy to achieve: just pick two or three strong colors and arrange them in large blocks. For instance, an orange accent wall, yellow rug, and electric blue sofa. Too much? Start on a smaller scale with throw pillows and Rothko-style wall art, and work your way up from there.
Mix it up
Floral prints and graphic patterns are another fun way to use color. Fashion-forward designers have thrown the old rules out the window, and are mixing stripes, florals, plaids, and polka-dots with wild abandon. They call it pattern clashing, and it can be a little tricky to pull off. Start by keeping every pattern in the same color family, then slowly add contrasting colors as you gain confidence.
Amy Leigh Morgan lives in Seattle, in a house with yellow walls, green chairs, and multi-colored tribal rugs. She's excited about the latest craze for color.