This fall, rich hues are bolder in decor

  • This undated photo provided by PPG shows their color Black Flame on the wall and was named 2018 Color of the Year by PPG Paints. A statement-making black, infused with an undertone of the deepest navy, which evokes the privacy, hope and classic modernism that many consumers crave today. (PPG Paints via AP)

  • This undated photo provided by Pottery Barn shows their Rico Media Console. Rich, ruby red turns this media console into a star attraction in a room. Dramatic hues for both walls and furnishings are a hallmark of fall 2017 décor. (Pottery Barn via AP)

  • This undated photo provided by Frigidaire shows their new Frigidaire Gallery Smudge-Proof Black Stainless Steel Collection of appliances. Frigidaire offers a suite of appliances in black stainless steel. (Frigidaire via AP)

Associated Press
Friday, September 01, 2017

Deeper, richer hues are often part of decor’s autumnal palette, but this year they’re bigger and bolder than usual.

“Color is a powerful communicator,” said Pottery Barn spokeswoman Monica Bhargava. “It can be a key point of inspiration that defines the mood and feel of a home.”

PPG’s color marketing manager Dee Schlotter sees a trend toward interiors “that embrace nocturnal shades” in homes, hotels and stores.

Deep hues are often incorporated through matte yet soft materials, she said.

In the mood

“I love dusky blues, plums, gray of all types, and surfaces that have a mysterious effect,” said Jamie Drake of New York-based Drake Anderson Interiors.

For the guest bedroom of one project, Drake had Jonathan Kutzin of America Painting in Cresskill, N.J., create a strie effect with an iridescent blue top coat, evoking a moody retreat.

In another apartment, in Midtown Manhattan, Drake said his company used deep plum tones to anchor the high-altitude rooms, while another project employed dark navy walls in a cozy library. “Using a color this dark in a small space is a favorite tool to make the edges of a room ‘disappear’ and create a mysterious illusion of more space,” he said. (drakeanderson.com)

Some deep, dark colors evoke privacy, quietude and a feeling of being wrapped in warmth, designers say.

But brighter, saturated hues can be uplifting and electric; Sherwin-Williams’ two new collections are Affinity, inspired by craft and tribalism, and Connectivity, inspired by technology. (sherwin-williams.com)

Emerald City

Of the trending deepened hues, emerald green is especially dominant, Schlotter said. To her, “It represents luxury and emulates lush foliage.”

“Color palettes that range from darker shades like black and navy, to gold and coral, complement the depth of emerald green,” she continued, “while pale neutrals like white and light gray give it a crisp and trendy edge. A courageous color, emerald green also works well with a number of materials and textures.”

Emerald is showing up in upholstery. Furniture company Sauder has a little tub chair in the hue. CB2’s 50s-inspired Avec sofa comes in plush emerald velvet.

Color in the kitchen

Italian company Bertazzoni, known for its high-end ranges in rich shades like burgundy, orange, yellow and red, just introduced a new hue called Azzurro. Blending cerulean, turquoise, sapphire and cyan, it’s a positive, energetic color. (us.bertazzoni.com)

Both Frigidaire and Kitchenaid have suites of appliances in black stainless steel.

And look for countertops and cabinetry in deeper tones, too. Cambria Quartz’s Bala Blue stone is the color of deep water. In a contemporary kitchen with sleek white cabinetry, Cardigan Red’s vibrant warmth would be a terrific foil. (cambriausa.com)

Walls and floors

Intrepid decorators will love another aspect of this trend: dark walls.

At Kip’s Bay Show House a couple of months ago in Manhattan, Susan Ferrier dressed a bedroom in deep forest green. Organic objets d’art accents made it feel like a luxe nature retreat. (mcalpinehouse.com)

Kevin Lichten and Joan Craig cloaked a downstairs bar in charcoal silk, trimmed with bronze, creating an intimate, sexy space.