Sometimes I think fashion has the edge when it comes to new trends. Whatever the flavor of the day, it seems there’s a thrifty or cautious way to incorporate it into your look. Take for example the explosion of neon accessories I’m seeing everywhere. Where fashionistas have belts, socks and manicures, there’s not always an equivalent for home decor enthusiasts. That said, I think I’ve found some fun and relatively inexpensive/low-commitment ways to inject a little neon into your life.
I enjoy all of these goodies, but I’m the most sad to have missed out on the neon extension cords in college. For some reason, dorm rooms have a real shortage of outlets, and even with power strips, I feel like I constantly had to use extension cords for things like the TV. Some hot pink and electric green cords really would have jazzed up the joint. (And maybe the shock of color would have kept me awake while I was studying for finals!)
Walk into any store in Anytown, USA and it’s impossible to miss: saturated, stage-stealing colors are everywhere. Maybe it’s in reaction to the hopeful upturn in the economy or maybe we’re all just over the greige (lookin’ at you, Restoration Hardware). Either way, I’m tickled pink by the season’s hot hues and we’ve picked one of the hottest to feature this month.
Ready to meet your new color crush?
Our color team’s goal each month is to introduce you to a hue that’s on the rise but may not be pinging your design radar — yet. For March, we selected a color to inspire both the traditionalists and modernists among you (and everyone in between!). This hip hue brightens indoor and outdoor spaces equally well while providing a dramatic counterpoint to spring’s traditional colors.
This color is sexy, bold and, depending on what it’s paired with, can read either feminine or masculine.
Wanna know what it is?
Pantone, the international authority on color trends, recently announced the color spectrum that you’ll see in both fashion and home decor in Fall 2012. With a mix of neon hues, dark moody shades, and soft neutrals, the color spectrum for this Fall will have a little bit of something for everyone. I always look to the Fall color reports to see what shades we need to incorporate into the AphroChic collection for the upcoming season, and fell in love with a few shades on this list that are sure to bring both bright and warm colors home, even as the weather becomes a little bit cooler.
Shades of Pink Flambe, French Roast, Honey Gold, Rhapsody, and Tangerine Tango all stand out to me as must-have colors for Fall 2012. They can be mixed and matched, or used alone to create a colorful impact no matter what the season. These are the types of comforting hues that you will love living with all year long.
via Design Sponge
I am a huge fan of hot pink, and am so glad to see the color back in action again in the form of Pink Flambe. It’s time to up the pink ante this year, and instead of saving this vibrant hue for small accessories, it will also look amazing on big pieces of furniture like a sofa or side chair. Set inside a room with neutral whites and browns, pink is sure to be a classic this Fall.
Last week, I shared photos of my embarrassingly bare bedroom. (Remember that mattress on the floor? I certainly do.) Since sprucing it up is our first real project, I’ve spent hours upon hours this week holding up paint chips and scouring Pinterest for THE perfect shades. Besides getting a really great arm workout (fan decks can get mighty heavy…), I’ve managed to narrow the field down to two possible palettes.
Our master bathroom has ’50s-era aqua tile that’s not going anywhere anytime soon, so I wanted to incorporate that color into the bedroom palette to create a cohesive look. Overall, I”m looking for a modern natural feel, with flashes of bright colors alongside more muted hues. Which do you prefer?
Palette 1: Energetic Greens
I’m a little obsessed with yellow, so it’s not surprising that this look-at-me hue made into one of my palettes as an accent color. Chartreuse and aqua give this look a vintage feel, while warm neutrals keep it feeling modern.
Pillows via Coastal Living; bedding from Urban Outfitters
Palette 2: Tangerine Dreams
Tangerine (Pantone’s color of the year!) and aqua are color wheel opposites, but they’re a classic combination. I love the idea of bringing in a bright orange, vintage leather chair as an accent piece. Soft mocha paint (or a subtly-patterned wallpaper) would make the walls warm and inviting.
Peaches via Laura Vegas; Chair from Rate My Space contributor NYDesignGuy
Which color swatch should I use? Cast your vote in the comments below!
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The days are getting longer and, here in the Southeast, the early signs of spring have sprung. Granted, it’s a premature spring and the brave early blooms are likely to be hit by an inevitable cold snap. Which leaves us in a seasonal no-mans-land that has inspired our choice of a color that’s still wintry yet holds the happy promise of approaching spring. This color is fresh, playful and will add a cheery pop to any room. Wanna know what it is?
When I’m looking for a paint color, I get obsessive. It’s not enough to pick a general hue or even a good-looking paint chip. I want the exact yellow featured on the mod artwork in that living room I love. If you’re like me, Sherwin Williams’ new Chip It! tool is like a (color) match made in heaven.
Here’s how this Pinterest-inspired idea works: Go to the Chip It! website and drag the bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar. Then, when you find a photo you like, just click the “Chip It!” button on your browser bar to create a custom palette from more than 1,500 shades (including the fabulous HGTV HOME collection.) You can save favorites to the site or print them out.
Warning, color hounds: it’s addictive. Check out some of the palettes I created using inspiration from HGTV.com:
A sophisticated, (mostly) man-friendly palette inspired by this vintage-modern bachelor pad:
A relaxing, muted color scheme inspired by the exterior of the 2012 HGTV Dream Home:
A classic combination inspired by this bold bathroom designed by De Meza Architecture:
Craving more colorful spaces? Browse more than 150 bright and inspiring spaces with HGTV’s free Color Guide app.
I may not be wild about the phrase “pops of color,” but I certainly appreciate them in practice. Take, for example, this neon yellow door with the mod house numbers, industrial light and sleek mail slot from Arch Daily.
Talk about curb appeal! This door would make a great first impression on me. It’s a playful, yet bold statement, and I’d want to know more. (Don’t you wonder who lives here and what the rest of the place looks like? It’s probably pretty cool inside, I’d think.) I only hope they they also have a hot pink sink in place.
Let’s all raise a glass to 2012, a year that’s full of promise! In honor of the many parties we’ll attend this month and the heady feeling of endless possibilities a new year brings, we selected a color that’s fresh, effervescent and downright bubbly.
Wanna know what it is?
Hard to believe but the holidays, with their familiar color palettes, are almost upon us (where has the time gone?!). We thought we’d shake it up a bit this year and introduce you to a hue that pairs well with the traditional red, green, blues and metallics while adding a sophisticated, cheery pop. Wanna know what it is?