Color Your World with These Home Decorating Ideas

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You know how a new pop of color can perk up your wardrobe? It can do the same thing for your home. Maybe you can’t afford a pricey total make-over, but painting your home interior, a piece of furniture or just adding some colorful accessories can do wonders on a budget. And just like clothes you wear, colors for interior decorating follow trends. So grab your paint chips and fabric swatches and let’s see the color mavens say is in for home fashionistas.

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Blue is BIG.

The trend started in 2012 and is going strong. It isn’t a particular blue, either, although the experts at Panetone say the lighter blues and navy are important. Any shade or tone will do the trick. Go with the gentle, calming end of the spectrum to create a soothing effect or rock the drama with jewel tone peacock and turquoise blues. Interior designers really like blue for the kitchen and bath. Don’t want to paint an entire room? Try one of these home decorating ideas: a blue mosaic tile backsplash or single accent wall. See more blue trends like this kitchen at House Beautiful.


Experts say this could be the new black and you might expect to see it start showing up on everything from cell phones to cookware. Plum is softer and less assertive than purple. It works and plays well with other colors, too. Brock Design Group shows you how to pair plum with other colors.

Red Orange

Every shade of red can make a big color statement, but the trend in 2013 is toward the more orange-y shades. Think paprika, tangerine and dark burnt sienna. Properly applied, red can be a neutral or a bold accent. Pair it with solar yellow or hot pink for an intense pop. Afraid of being overwhelmed? Try it out as toss pillows, an area rug or an accent chair like this, one of 20 ways to decorate with red from Sunset.

Iced Pastels

Some like it cool. In that case, the trend is toward minty greens and soft lavender-grays. It works really well if you want to create a garden atmosphere. Tuck a bouquet of lilacs into a silver vase and see if this suits you. If you like it but don’t want to make a major investment, consider custom slip covers for a sofa. This dining room from also highlights another home decorating trend: stripes.

Soft Gray

Inject a fresh feeling into an all-white color scheme with touches of soft gray. It’s also great as a base neutral for splashes of bright colors like orange, yellow and lime green. See more monochromatic home decorating ideas featuring soft gray at House Beautiful.

Earth-Tone Neutrals

They’re back but in a more intense way. Chocolate browns, deep leathery tans, rich olives and mustardy yellow-tans are more vibrant than the earth tones from the 70s. They’re easy to live with, work well on large pieces of furniture and let other, flashier colors show off. Martha Stewart has 50 interiors like this one showcasing the new neutrals.

What’s your favorite color trend for painting your home interior or home decorating. Let’s hear your ideas.

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