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Interior decorating trends toward rich color, vintage look

Economic extremes call for color extremes. Check the predictions for colors at Color Marketing Group, which has been predicting color trends with remarkable accuracy for over 45 years. So what is CMG predicting for this fall and winter?

Opposites attract. Ecological concerns mean fabrics are made with less dye, which gives them a vintage look. On the other hand, bright, ethnic colors such as sunny yellows, true turquoises and warm oranges are also popular. How do these two mix? "We are drawn to old-culture decor — a Tuscan farmhouse kitchen — but we want state-of-the-art appliances in that kitchen. So we are drawn to both vintage hues and new bright colors," said Jamie Stephens, executive director of CMG.

Patterns and textures. You will see black-on-black beading, stitching or embossing, and you will also see bright metallics with a matte graphic overlay.

Purple is back. And it has moved from a blue-based lavender to a red-based purple — almost a raspberry color. There is a convergence of red and purple that is high-energy.

Reds and oranges. Blue-based red in a sophisticated and complex shade is in. The popularity of the Summer Olympics in Beijing brings us a passion for orangey red. And intense lipstick berry red with a touch of orange is being used as a great accent color.

Gray fabrics and paint. If you're going for gray, keep that lilac idea in mind and opt for a lilacy gray. A truly classic gray, with no undertones, is in vogue also for the season. And silver with blue undertones works, too.

Vintage greens. The new greens are moving toward shades that are grayer and bluer.

Softer blues. Pale blues, spirited blues and inky navy blues will be seen this season. A bold, new European-influenced blue is now available in laundry room and kitchen appliances.

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Interior decorating trends toward rich color, vintage look 11/11/08 [Last modified: Friday, November 14, 2008 7:38pm]
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