Decorating Color Trends

Designer Steven Gambrel describes how he used some of the new color trends. Pantone Paint's Winter Sky was used on the walls and the edges of the walls were 'outlined' with the richer hue, Niagara to add architectural interest (in lieu of crown molding). According to Gambrel, "The Winter Sky And Niagara Slate blues have a slight tension that makes this combination interesting." He adds, "I never paint walls white." (Photo, left)

Walls: Winter Sky,

Border: Niagara, Pantone Paints

A vibrant family room or library: pale teal walls, a tobacco ceiling, plum trim. Accent with: nubby textiles and woven-straw accessories.

Wall: Hyacinth Dream #22-10 Paint

Trim: Ombre #31-20 Paint

Ceiling:Wendigo #33-18all,

Fabric: Kravet

"I'm painting my dining room these cream and aubergine colors and putting nail-head-studded burlap on the door," according to Designer Ruthie Sommers

Eggplant walls: trimmed with luscious off-white trim:

Pointing #2003, Farrow & Ball for stores

Walls: Eggplant #1379, Benjamin Moore for stores