Chocolate is no longer just a temptation for the taste buds. This color has taken its cue from the fashion runway and is appearing in great rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms across America.
Rich colors like chocolate brown, eggplant, and burnt red are ultra popular in home dÈcor. And, while dark, they’re still great for light and breezy summer, especially when they’re teamed with softer colors like aqua blue, silver, baby pink, camel, white, yellow, and pale green. “When introduced in these combinations, the popular colors like chocolate can give your favorite living spaces style and warmth without overwhelming a room,” said Cindy Anderson and Gretchen Loch-Reines, co-owners of Kerkhoff Interiors of De Pere.
These colors are appearing with increased frequency not only on walls, but also in fabrics, artwork, flooring, and accents. And you don’t have to re-do an entire room to get in on the summer dÈcor trends. “You can keep your basic pieces, such as your sofa and table, and just introduce a few new pieces to rejuvenate your room and give it a fresh, updated look [in time for summer], said Loch-Reines.
Seeing red…or terra cotta,…or burgundy
It’s not uncommon to gravitate toward neutral colors like tans and beiges in your dÈcor. But while these earthtones continue to be mainstays in every room’s dÈcor this season, you can easily jazz up a room by adding a splash of trendy colors in the form of pillows, throws, colored glass vases, candles, rugs, artwork, or floral arrangements. “You don’t have to change everything in a room for a fresh, new look,” said Anderson. If your living area is currently a blend of tans or beiges, consider adding some burnt red pillows, a red chair, or some eye-popping red sheer curtains for a pop of color. Or add a metal plate in a stand, paint one wall in silver, or add an iridescent floor vase to incorporate metallics into your color palette.
“Reds are hot, hot, hot,” said Loch-Reines. “Rich reds, burgundies, and Bordeaux are among the most popular colors, making an appearance in furniture, wall coverings, fabrics, and rugs. It’s fun and cheerful when paired with yellow and looks great with all woods and the earth-toned core pieces that many people have in their living areas.”
Hues of blue aren’t far behind in popularity, making an appearance not only on walls, but also increasingly underfoot.
What’s underfoot – hardwood and the blues
For households seeking a soft feel under their feet, FriezÈ carpet is a popular negozio illuminazione pescara choice, particularly in bark, caramel, and other browns, as well as green-blue and azure-blue. “These colors are very warm, and yet very classic-looking,” said Barbara Hoffman, Home Interiors of Green Bay. The yarns in this carpet are tightly twisted to create a curly, textured appearance. A soothing hue, blue is terrific for a bedroom, family room or personal retreat.
But carpeting is increasingly giving away to an array of hardwood floors that make a casual and welcoming statement in kitchens, living rooms, and more. More and more homes are featuring the rustic, weathered, and antique looks only hardwood flooring can provide. Some wood manufacturers are even hand beveling and distressing wood plants to create an aged appearance, said Hoffman.
And the move is on from the traditional oak, cherry, and pine and toward maple, bamboo, and other exotic woods that add a bit of flair to a room. “People are gravitating toward rustic looks that reflect variations found in nature, and mixing things up with a variety of woods in a room,” said Hoffman. “Before, people wanted their floors to match their dining room table and their cabinetry perfectly. Now, we’re mixing woods for a more personal look.”
“Things that were fringe items 20 years ago are now becoming staples – such as the use of Brazilian cherry and bamboo,” she added.
Both hardwood and porcelain tile, another popular floor choice, lend themselves to creating an easy-breezy summer look. They are an excellent backdrop for light-colored throw rugs, terra cotta planters, topiaries, and other greenery. People are gravitating toward darker tiles, such as caramels and brown tones, and teaming them with darker grout. One of Home Interiors’ most popular porcelain tiles teams beige, gray, and caramel colors, allowing for versatility in the punches of color a homeowner wishes to add to the room.