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Think Green!

Instead of the typical yellow, use green instead! As an ASID Interior Designer specializing in residential interior design, I simply love using the color green. Why? To sum it up in a single word, "versatility". Not only can green be paired with so many colors, there are so many shades and tones of greens to choose from. One of my favorite shades of green to use is the color of Jalapeno pepper (Cathy's 076-6 Limeade is the perfect choice!). What I love about this rich shade is that its deep yellow undertones not only creates a bright, warm interior, but also looks so amazing with a myriad of colors, from pure white to eggplant and other citrus colors such as orange and yellow. The color green, also adds a level of sophistication to an interior especially when paired with other strong neutrals like white, black, and chocolate brown.

Hurray for Orange!

Orange is my all time favorite color. In fact it is my "signature" color that I sneak into nearly all of my designs. Orange to me is lively, sophisticated, trendy, yet timeless at the same time. I also feel Orange is a happy color that inst antly brightens a room. I especially love pairing orange with pure white. Looking to use a rich, elegant shade of Orange in your décor? I suggest Cathy's Optimistic (Color 100-5).

Consider Yellow

As an interior designer, I especially love using different shades of yellow and pairing it with other citrus colors such as green or mixing it with chocolate, black or charcoal gray to create a high contrast color scheme. One of my favorite shades of yellow is a rich mustard, such as Cathy's Serengeti Sunrise ( 095-5) but if you are feeling more bold, you could always go for Cathy's Citrus (083-6).

When it comes to yellow as well as other bold, vivid colors use different tints, tones and shades of the same color. One example with yellow would be to introduce a natural sisal rug into the space in order to bring in some rich mustard, caramel yellow tones.

Layer your décor using different shades of the same color and carry it through the accessories and furniture. Try selecting woods like walnut that have a lot of yellow tones and then incorporating toss pillows or accent pieces such as pottery or pillows. One of my favorite decorative tips for the table using yellow, is to fill a tall vessel with apples or lemons, it brings in a wonderful burst of color.

The wonderful thing about yellow is that, like a great black dress, you can pair it with so many things! Match it with warm colors to create a space that is cozy and cheery or cool it down using shades like chartreuse and pairing it with grays or black. From accessories to decorative elements such as pottery to artwork and natural elements like woods and ropes, there are so many different ways to incorporate yellow into your decor!

Trendy turquoise

Turquoise in the last few years has really been a popular color that is on trend with a lot of designers. I love using turquoise especially in bathrooms as it reminds me of the color of water. Turquoise also works well in living rooms when paired with black, charcoal or brown. Looking for the perfect shade? Consider Cathy's Caribbean (Color 045-4)

Use an accent wall

Afraid to paint a whole room a bright, bold shade; why not paint a single wall a bold color. I use "accent colors" for a specific purpose, to incorporate a bold color into a space without "over doing it" by painting every wall. Accent colors not only add interest but can also help to define a space architecturally. Accent colors can also highlight particular features of a space and serve as the foundation of a color palette.

Stumped about which colors would make great accents? Think warm and inviting or bright and bold. Yellows, Oranges, and Greens all make great accent colors and can easily blend with lots of color palettes. Stay away from muted or pastel tones as they do not make great colors for an accent wall and are best suited for all over color. Accent walls should make a bold statement so that they stand out as opposed to blend in.