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

Moody au­tum­nal pal­ette ‘em­braces noc­tur­nal shades’

The Hamilton Spectator - - STYLE - KIM COOK

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 spokesper­son Mon­ica Bhar­gava. “It can be a key point of in­spi­ra­tion that de­fines the mood and feel of a home.”

PPG’s colour 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.

In the mood

“I love dusky blues, plums, grey 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, New Jersey, 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 cosy li­brary.

“Us­ing a colour this dark in a small space is a favourite tool to make the edges of a room ‘dis­ap­pear’ and cre­ate a mysterious il­lu­sion of more space,” he says.

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

But brighter, sat­u­rated hues can be up­lift­ing and elec­tric; Sher­winWil­liams’ two new col­lec­tions are Affin­ity, in­spired by craft and trib­al­ism, and Con­nec­tiv­ity, in­spired by tech­nol­ogy.

Emer­ald city

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

“Colour 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 grey give it a crisp and trendy edge. A coura­geous colour, 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.

Colour 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 colour.

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 colour of deep wa­ter. In a con­tem­po­rary kitchen with sleek white cab­i­netry, Cardi­gan Red’s vi­brant warmth would be a ter­rific foil.

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.

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

If you’re in­ter­ested in dab­bling in any of these colours, don’t worry about the trend be­ing short­lived. PPG, 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 colour story for 2018 will be re­plete with deep, rich colours like smoky greens, lux­u­ri­ous pur­ples and charred grey-blacks.

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

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

FRIGIDAIRE VIA AP

Frigidaire’s Gallery smudge-proof, black stain­less steel col­lec­tion of ap­pli­ances.

PPG PAINTS VIA AP

Rich, ruby red turns Pot­tery Barn’s Rico Me­dia Con­sole into a star at­trac­tion in a room.

POT­TERY BARN VIA AP

Black Flame, shown on the wall, 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.

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