Gray is the New Beige: Update your Home’s Color Scheme

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Home's Color Scheme

When we talk about updating your home’s color scheme, that doesn’t always involve going out and buying a bucket of paint. Your color scheme includes everything from your bedding and curtains to your rugs, throw pillows, wall decor pieces, and more. You don’t have to go all out and replace everything, especially if you love your current color scheme. Instead, there are simple things you can do to update the look of your home, like change out your throw pillows, add a slipcover to your old sofa, or add new contrasting artwork to the walls. These are simple tasks that will keep your home looking updated and on trend.

Shades of Gray

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In the first decade of the millennium, beige was all the rage. People just couldn’t get enough of the color. Walls were beige, back-splashes and tile flooring were beige, everything was beige. This day and age, another color has taken the top spot of being the most used color away from beige – and that color is gray. Although gray has acquired bad rap over the years for being a depressing color, it is currently the most popular neutral color, being substantially used in monochromatic color schemes. Luckily, gray’s bad reputation has now been cleared. Now you don’t have to follow the trend, but it’s a good way to add a sophisticated, contemporary touch to your home.

In addition to gray walls, the color is also being used in furniture pieces. Who can resist a charcoal gray sofa or a medium gray upholstered bed? These pieces can really make a statement. The great thing about utilizing a gray color scheme is that it can be understated; there are many colors that complement gray such as white, yellow, green, blue, orange, red, and, purple. The hue can definitely tolerate bold accent colors, but one of the most popular trends for 2016 involves incorporating whites, metallics, and mirrored pieces with a gray color scheme.

Go Bold

Home's Color Scheme

Tired of your drab living spaces? Try experimenting with bold colors. Vibrant colors are filled with personality and can create a different atmosphere in your home. Some people are afraid of bold, bright hues and think they’re only for modern designs, but it really doesn’t matter what your decorating style is. Bold colors can be used in homes with rustic, transitional, eclectic, mid-century modern, art deco styles and more.

Instead of using bold colors on accent walls or large furniture pieces, try using them as pops of color in art, vases, throw blankets, and pillows. Even a clear vase of brightly colored flowers will do the trick. These items are also interchangeable, which makes it easier for you to update your home’s color scheme. Swap them out each season or every new year for a fresh start. Bold colors on accent walls are still popular, but consider your living space’s focal points and use color to highlight and define them. The bold color trends for 2016 are blues, greens, and oranges.

Whatever color scheme you go with, make sure it reflects your true style. Don’t pick up a color scheme because it’s trendy; pick up a color scheme with yellow hues because it makes you happy, or blue hues because they exude peace and tranquility in your space. Do what makes you happy. What color scheme trend will you be picking up and incorporating in your living space? We would love to know!  

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