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May

“Bringing updated color into your decor is all about adding that unexpected ‘aha’ with an accent wall or cushions, rugs or piece of furniture,” says Leatrice Eiseman, director and color forecaster of the Pantone Color Institute, an industry leader in color trends. Inject new life into your living room — and your life.

The hot new style trend is ‘Vintage Hollywood Glamour’. Hollywood in the 40’s was decedent, with lots of gold, crystal and metallic lacquers. Now, we’re adding more contemporary elements, a little glamour goes a long way: a crystal chandelier over the dining room table or an ornate gilded mirror over the fireplace mantel can transform a room. The colors are muted and more restrained; for example, baby blue is out and gray-blue is in. Gray is big, in its thousands of variations, from soft gray to charcoal, to hematite.

Neutrals are now being used for the big-ticket items, from rich gray to camel, We’re using trendier colors, like acid green or amethyst, as accent pieces. As well as metallic and pearlescent accents.

Bold accent in black-and-white designs are also popular and being pared with hot accent colors like red and acid green. Look for pink in romantic bedrooms, the living room or even in the kitchen, from cabinetry to appliances.