The 10 accent colors that designers love to use the most
"I use a lot of blue in decorating, so I can't resist its complementary color: orange. I love this lacquer bar cart from Oomph. It really adds visual punch to the whole color scheme." —Ashley Whittaker
Bar Cart in Knockout Orange, $1,595. oomphonline.com.
"Red is a powerful accent, but you don't need a lot to make a big impact. Try it on a vase, a lamp, or dishes for the table — even just some flowers." —Shelia Bridges
"My rooms can be very colorful. To soften the overly sunny disposition of a buttercup-yellow bedroom, I recently used gray throw pillows and silver accessories from Christofle." —Marshall Watson
Malmaison Bowl, $600. christofle.com.
"I'm mad about coral this year. I use it on throw pillows and bolsters, and adore washing a ceiling in a pale shade of this rosy hue. It always adds a romantic warmth to a room." —Jamie Drake
Hudson cotton velvet in Color 29, by Sahco. donghia.com.
"Kelly green is cheerful and fresh. I've used custom-made green picture frames to unify a wall of family photos for a client, but store-bought ones can work too. The color lends a fun and happy mood to the room." —Katie Lydon
Kate Spade New York Chamber's Bay Frame, 5"x7", $50. bloomingdales.com.
"I'm so tired of hearing about adding 'pops' of color — unless, of course, I'm the one saying it! Right now, I'm into purples, and these amethyst rock-crystal votives are just great." —Alexa Hampton
Amethyst Votive Candle-holder, $475. lizobrien.com.
"A touch of black stabilizes a room and gives weight to accessories. This wire bear cub–head sculpture looks great mounted with an arrangement of black-and-white photography, and adds an interesting sculptural element." —Ghislaine Viñas
Cub Geometric Animal Trophy Head, $99. bendseating.com.
"Pratt & Lambert's lilac-hued Souvenir is very elegant with wood, stainless steel, and glass. Unlike the aggressive colors popular with the bling crowd, it's a beautiful, elusive shade that wears well over a long time." —John Saladino
Souvenir 30-30. prattandlambert.com.
"A shot of blue grasscloth or raffia lining the back of a bookcase will bring a sharp contrast in texture and color to any room." —Meg Braff
Raffia in Iznik Blue. megbraffdesigns.com.
"A binding or serging tape in an alternate color gives a carpet snap. Putting a burnt-orange border on a brown rug takes away the blandness and can lift a room." —Jeffrey Bilhuber
Tweed Runner with Burnt Orange Border, $169. cb2.com.