Nifty Shades for the Coming Year

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By Mary Boone

For 2013, the pros predict blue will become the go-to color for home décor. Experts say its popularity will be aided by the fact that it appeals to both men and women.

When it comes to the perfect shade of blue, AkzoNobel, the world's largest paint and coatings company, is pinning its color hopes on a rich shade called Indigo Night. The company, which produces a portfolio of brands including Glidden, Dulux and Ralph Lauren paints, describes Indigo Night as a “regal, tranquil and introspective hue (which) also conveys a sense of trust and authority.” The color, suggests company literature, pairs well with brights of a similar saturation, citrus colors, other blues, purples and greens.

There are plenty of ways to incorporate some blue into your home without painting a single wall. Here are five simple, color-boosting ideas:

1. Panels with Pizzazz. Curtains, hung above your windows and reaching down to the floor, will frame your view and add a focal point to any room. Think about the statement you’re trying to make: Subtle colors will create a classic, more sedate look while brights and bold patterns will denote a more youthful vibe.

2. Accessorize. Think sky-blue vases, royal blue photo frames or periwinkle pillows. The key is to choose wisely and not overdo it with too many items in too many different shades. Once you’ve created or invested in the perfect accessories, arrange them to add pops of color throughout your home.

3. Look down. The color and design of a rug can change the personality of a room in a snap. Remember that area rugs look best on hardwood, tile, bamboo, sealed concrete and other such floor surfaces. If you plan to lay a rug on top of carpet, look for one with a thicker weave.

4. Artwork. No matter what your budget, you can afford to add pops of color to your home by hanging art. These don’t have to be costly masterpieces – invest instead in prints or work by regional artists. Frame a kimono or beautiful scarf. Take photos of your favorite local landmarks. Or, buy an inexpensive canvas and let your kids create a one-of-a-kind art installation for you. Over time, you’ll add to your art “collection” so that pieces can be rotated in and out of display.

5. Don’t forget the kitchen. Use new kitchen towels, spoon rests and canisters to add an inexpensive splash of color. Paint the backs of glass-front cabinets or line them with bold decorative paper to add a colorful backdrop for plates and glassware. Increase your color impact by adding a bright tablecloth or placemats fabric to your bare wood or glass table.


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