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This fall, decor’s deep, rich hues are bolder

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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)

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

PPG Paints ‘ 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 says.

Rich, ruby red can turn this Rico Media Console from Pottery Barn into a star attraction in a room.

Photo from Pottery Barn



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

For the guest bedroom of one project, Drake/Anderson 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 says 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 says. (

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. (


Of the trending deepened hues, emerald green is especially dominant, Schlotter says. 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 continues, “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. (;


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. (

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. (


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.

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


Black Flame, shown on the wall, was named 2018 Color of the Year by PPG Paints.

Photo from PPG Paints


If you’re interested in dabbling in any of these colors, don’t worry about the trend being short-lived. PPG Paints, Olympic Paints and Glidden announced their 2018 Color of the Year choices: Black Flame, Black Magic and Deep Onyx.

And Schlotter reports that PPG’s color story for 2018 will be replete with deep, rich colors like smoky greens, luxurious purples, and charred gray-blacks.

They’ve given the palette an intriguing name: “Brave.”

“These colors,” says Schlotter, “reflect consumers’ growing yearning for protection, strength and stability; to feel safe during uncertain times.”


Earlier this year, PPG Paints unveiled a new Frank Lloyd Wright color palette in celebration of the world-renowned architect’s 150th birthday.

Based on a palette developed by the architect in the 1950s, the color collection has been updated by PPG’s color experts in collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

One of the organic green paints from PPG Paints’ Frank Lloyd Wright palette was used on this home.

Photo from PPG Paints


“The colors chosen more than 60 years ago stand strong today and coordinate with modern textiles and materials – a true testament to Wright’s timeless design sense,” Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager, said in a news release.

The palette is full of earthy neutrals that elicit thoughts of lavish greenery, serene bodies of water and rich woods, and it combines various natural elements known to have inspired Wright during his design years.

In addition to deep reds and browns and organic greens, PPG Paints colors that are new to the palette include: Moth Gray, a brown-gray blend that works well with granite and trending metals; Violet Verbena, a chameleon-like mix of violet, gray and blue that emulates the verbena flower and works well with neutral materials; and Antiquity, a classic butterscotch beige that ties in yellow-based woods used in many Wright-inspired designs.

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