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Hardwood floors and bold colors are a winning combination

May 17, 2013

"Sex and the City" was a landmark TV series for many reasons, and the bold colors on Carrie Bradshaw's apartment walls may have been one of them. Coupled with beautiful hardwood floors, similar to Anderson floors' Urban Loft collection, those colors may have led the show's fans to start choosing adventurous hues for their own homes.

"It got people excited about color, and that's what color is meant to do," Sonu Mathew, senior interior designer for Benjamin Moore, told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Many options
Gone are the days when homeowners refused to paint their walls in distinctive colors. While they may not choose to saturate their rooms in bright hues, there are plenty of accent colors that are being tried along with traditional neutrals.

Colors like wine, a deep purple with undertones of dark brown, for instance, are great accompaniments to wood floors and furnishings. The same can be said of deep reds, bright orange, periwinkle and violet blues. Yellow is a great complement to green, gold and camel.

However, HGTV designer Candace Olson adds one caution for her viewers. She recommends choosing one category of colors - all jewel tones or light pastels - for a good "flow" from room to room. Otherwise, the overall home design can end up as what she calls "a patchwork of opposite looks."

Not just for little girls
A sophisticated variety of rosy pinks, from salmon to red violet, have become popular in recent years as gray emerged as a neutral favorite in many homes. According to Sarah Cole, marketing director at Farrow & Ball, pink has a warm tone that creates a casual, relaxed feeling in a room design. It's especially effective in rooms that get lots of natural light.

At Sherwin-Williams, a new variety of reds are favored by many paint shoppers. As Jackie Jordan, the company's director of color marketing, told the newspaper, the new variations go well beyond the stop sign red that was popular on exterior doors about a decade ago and now have more subtle undertones.

Colorful accents
For those who are stepping gingerly around using bold tones, the experts suggest trying them in unexpected places - the inside of a bookcase or on the rear wall of glass-door kitchen cabinets.

Soft furnishings such as slipcovers and window treatments are another way for homeowners to introduce a bright color if they don't want to commit to one on their walls.