Color Trends: Try It Now, Love It Forever

Stuck in a color rut? Infuse your spaces with a color that's hot now but will create a look you'll love for years to come. Our color decorating tips and top color trend picks will show you how.

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    Dusty Rose

    It's never been easier to dress your home pretty in pink. Today's muted shades are sweetly subtle and so versatile. Coat your walls in a soft shade, and enhance it with accessories and accents in darker intensities. Use a neutral hue, like cream or soft blue, for contrast.

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    Dusty Rose: Just a Little

    Delicate doses of dusty rose evoke a mood that's both playful and comforting. Not ready to splash the shade onto your walls? Incorporate blush tones into large-scale and graphic patterns, which make pink look more mature.

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    Earthy Green

    If earthy green makes you think moss and olive circa 1996, think again. These drab, cold shades are being replaced by brighter versions with a bit more yellow. Colors like grass and emerald inject earthy richness into a color scheme and work well with neutrals and as well as other colors.

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    Earthy Green: Just a Little

    For a small dose of earthy green, incorporate patterns in shades of green and cream, as well as in a few accessories or even a plant or two. This room uses a green leather sofa to tie the color scheme together. If you're not ready to jump in quite that deep, a sofa matching neutrals already in your room would do the trick.

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    Soft Blue

    Blue is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Today's plucked-from-the-sky shade has enough gray that it doesn't look babyish, and it works just as well as a neutral as it does center stage. Promote tranquility with a soft shade of blue on the walls. Balance with white trim and textiles.

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    Soft Blue: Just a Little

    Set off cool blue accents with a creamy foundation. Rich neutrals like caramel and brown keep things warm and cozy while letting soft blue accents like pillows, window treatments, and artwork pop.

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    Use Color to Set a Mood

    Color can affect the way you feel in your personal space. See how to achieve the right mood for you.

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    Jade

    A pleasing blend of blue and green, rich jade exudes opulence. The midtone hue easily transitions between warm and cool, ensuring there's an application for everyone. For a serious style statement, bathe walls in the jewel tone, or take a step back and feature jade on fabric and furniture.

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    Jade: Just a Little

    Nervous for a full-blown jade statement? Try small strokes in varying scale. The sumptuous shade works especially well with other jewel tones, including amethyst and ruby; blend the colors in punchy patterned pillows and upholstery.

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    Gray

    Gray is still the neutral of the moment, and it has held that spot for quite awhile. Because it's a neutral, gray is easy to live with and an ideal backdrop for other colors. Try it where you otherwise might use cream or white.

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    Gray: Just a Little

    In addition to being a versatile wall color, gray also plays well on accents. Incorporate natural textures in gray, such as wicker chairs or baskets and weathered wood finishes. These additions will soften a colorful room, but because they are textural, they'll bring much-needed visual interest to blank spaces.

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    Purple

    The ghosts of trendy purples past (think mauve and eggplant) may share a color family with today's orchid, but we think this sister shade has more staying power. Orchid lands right in the middle: It's not too dull (like eggplant), nor is it overly grayed out (ahem, mauve). It's bright enough to be unique but restrained enough to come across as classy.

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    Purple: Just a Little

    If you're not sure orchid is the purple for you, take one tiny step to the left or right. To your left, you'll get a beautiful lavender, which sports a little more gray. And to your right, you'll land on plum, a richer, more traditional shade. Use one or both of these shades as accents in a white-and-gray room for a look that's colorful, tasteful, and right on trend.

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    Indigo

    Blue never seems to go out of style. The shade on everyone's lips now is indigo. When used as a wall color, indigo may come on strong, but because it's a classic, it's completely livable and won't seem out of place a few years from now. To maintain a traditional air, pair it with rich wood floors, creamy white linens, and a touch of golden yellow. For an up-to-date twist, incorporate more modern patterns and geometric shapes.

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    Indigo: Just a Little

    Even as an accent, indigo has a "use it now, love it later" mentality. Infuse it as an accent in a room where you are already using shades of blue. Use patterns that pair indigo with white, such as this striped rug and ikat fabric, for extra style points.

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    Sunny Yellow

    No shade brightens a room quite like yellow. Even muted versions like straw or honey have a cozy effect and can warm up the dreariest of spaces. Play with shades of yellow in a color scheme by incorporating tones that range from light to dark in saturation.

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    Sunny Yellow: Just a Little

    Even a punch or two of yellow can do wonders for a space. If you're going the yellow-as-an-accent route, be sure to use the color at least three times. The yellow-and-white striped pillows on this sofa look smart but would appear out of place if not for the yellow in the artwork, accessories, and chair pillow.

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    Nature-Inspired Color Palettes

    Bring the great outdoors inside! Take your hue cues from Mother Nature and build decorating themes and color schemes that are sure to please through every season.
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