July 01, 2013
There are some colors that homeowners tend to shy away from, or don't think about at all, when it comes to home design. It's the same as choosing a rich, exotic wood like copaibas, a hardwood from Paraguay that's used in Anderson's Southern Vista collection. Bold colors and exotic woods can create a unique style for adventurous home decorators.
While it's good to use neutrals and dark colors as main colors, being open to new ideas about room design can lead to an interesting mix of hues and eye-catching accessories that are the mark of personal style. Even neutrals can go beyond white or beige to various shades of gray or light brown to yield a richer background for bolder accents.
Orange is an ideal shade to offset nature colors such as brown and green, but it often gets overlooked in favor of more subdued shades. When homeowners embrace the vibrance of orange, they can include its derivatives - peach or brownish sienna - to go with a range of citrus colors from lime green to sunny yellow. In outdoor spaces, it's a natural complement to flowers and greenery.
When used as an accent, orange coordinates well with virtually any neutral from gray to beige, strikes a vivid contrast to darks such as navy blue and adds flair to a contemporary black-and-white ensemble. In every case, it warms up the color it accompanies. Deep brown tends to tone it down to an amber shade.
Wide range of shades
Another hue that's often discarded as too opulent for home decorating is purple. But it's one member of the color spectrum that's versatile enough to be a neutral when it has a gray undertone and a bold accent in shades that have a touch of pink. A thoroughly contemporary hue, it works well with both vintage and modern furnishings.
Testing various shades of purple in a design scheme can yield some interesting combinations, according to Real Simple magazine. Light purples resemble pale gray in a monochromatic design plan or combined with darker shades for contrast. The range from lavender to plum shows the color's versatility and really pops when set against a complementary color like green.
For homeowners who are planning to install new floors, purple is a good complement to many wood tones. Versions with red undertones tend to work best with dark woods, and lighter purples are a good match for light woods.
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