I’ve long been a fan of bold citrus-orange colors, but they usually need to be limited to small doses so they don’t visually overwhelm. When I want to inject a larger dose of orange in a space, I’ll pick what I refer to as an orange sherbet, an orange that’s been knocked down a bit with some white. It’s not a pastel, but it’s definitely less intense than pure orange.
This delightful color is a blue-kissed deep green that, for me, is a logical evolution of long-popular turquoise and lime. I still enjoy working with those midcentury modern hues, but jade feels a bit fresher because it’s not quite as common for home interiors — yet.
Periwinkle, one of my favorite crayon colors as a kid, is an unusual choice for home decor, but I prefer it over the more (currently) popular pink. It can be cool and sophisticated or light and fun. Here it appears in small accents — on the front door and light fixture — but it can also be used in larger doses, especially if you go for a lighter and grayer shade.
Lest you think I decorate only with bright colors, here’s my latest favorite dark neutral. I have previously leaned heavily on dark gray and navy, but many homeowners are now clamoring for warmer hues in their homes. True black could be a bit harsh here. A brown-black brings the drama but also creates a warm and cozy atmosphere.
Sealskin from Sherwin-Williams veers a bit cooler and is an excellent elegant substitute for pure black when the latter would feel too heavy and stark. Cambridge from Pratt & Lambert is lighter than the other two but still deep, earthy and comforting, like a cup of morning brew.
Leafy and lime green shades have been my favorite colors for some time now. My car is lime green! Lately, though, I’ve been moving to lighter, crisper versions. I call them golden greens because they have a sunny yellow twist to them. They feel so fresh and, in lighter tints, can serve as a neutral.
Use a golden green with other shades of green and yellow for a harmonious color scheme.
Your turn: What color are you decorating with lately? Tell us in the Comments.