If you looked beyond the severed heads at Gucci and the drones chauffeuring bags down the Dolce & Gabbana runway, you couldn’t help but notice the rainbow of colors at this past fashion month. From candy-colored pastels to deep, rich jewel tones, the runways of New York, London, Milan, and Paris were saturated with color. Which, on its own, is not a particularly groundbreaking feat for fashion; but being that we’re coming out of a particularly gray and gloomy winter season, it’s definitely refreshing.
And while the trends seen over the course of the month are technically meant to forecast the A/W18 season, we’re impatient. Why not start implementing some of the hottest hues in your home right now? Ahead, our favorite color stories from the month—plus, how to translate them into decor.
Last season’s street style trend has gone high fashion, and we’re all for it. The bold hue is also one of the most versatile, ranging from a bright tomato to deeper crimson. And while it can feel intimidating to add to your home, there are ways to dip your toe into the monochrome trend without completely overwhelming your space with such a saturated color.
Exhibit A: This contemporary studio apartment, designed by Hejm, which proves that a small space shouldn’t deter you from going bold. Create balance by keeping the ceiling and part of the wall white, and sticking to one uniform shade in everything from the cabinets to the colander.
Not feeling a full-on red room? Try your hand at monochrome in smaller ways. Commit to all-red bedding, layering a throw and pillows in similar shades or building a gallery wall full of exclusively red photographs and mementos.
We can officially call time of death on a certain trendy hue (in fashion, at least). The reigning pink this season seemed to be “literally anything but millennial pink”. While this manifested itself in many ways—dark corals at Dion Lee and so-subtle-it’s-barely-pink at Mansur Gavriel—the one making its mark the most prevalently had to be hot pink.
If you, like most people, decided to leave fuchsia back in the ’80s and ’90s where you thought it belonged, along with things like Polly Pocket and macaroni necklaces, rest assured. This isn’t the fuschia pink of your childhood, though it definitely lends a more playful vibe to interiors. Try it paired against moody tones, like deep charcoal or navy, for an instant statement that still feels elegant in its own way.
Alternatively, go tonal. Pairing a fuchsia pillow with a lighter pink sofa, chair, or bed is a cool twist on incorporating punchy hues, which are usually balanced out with demure neutrals. And when in doubt, there’s always dinnerware. These gorgeous hot pink melamine plates from Pottery Barn make the perfect tabletop accessory for spring.
Shades of Orange
From burnt, rusty tones to neon highlighter, shades of orange were out in full force once more this season. It might even be safe to say that it toppled yellow as the new sunny hue to inspire your wardrobe—and your decor.
Feel like making a cheery addition to your interiors? Start by dressing up your windows in this copper shade (terrible pun not intended): We love these worn velvet drapes from West Elm for a dramatic look and Anthropologie’s bright, breezy cotton curtains for something a bit more summer-appropriate.
And as this stunning boho kitchen designed by the one and only Justina Blakeney proves, orange is particularly perfect for any maximalist out there not afraid of going bold. Try a simple coat of paint in your favorite tone and offset your new walls with a complementary tile backsplash. From there, either keep the accessories neutral to make the orange really pop—though let’s be real, there’s little danger of that not happening when you have bright orange walls—or go the colorblocking route with colorful decor. The pale green Smeg refrigerator is a great finishing touch.
We found your millennial pink replacement, in case you’re not ready to let go just yet. Dusty mauve, a subtle pink-purple hue that’s just as Insta-friendly as its predecessor, enjoyed particular prominence on the runways this year. And while there were definitely some more feminine, romantic iterations of it, mauve was featured in contemporary silhouettes as well.
Take a note from fashion and steer clear of the cliché when using mauve in your homes. Instead of incorporating it in soft, flowy fabrics, go the modern route with something a smidge more unexpected. An architectural light fixture, for example. Or a contemporary sofa like the sleek one in this room designed by Avenue Lifestyle. Urban Outfitters makes a velvet sofa that’s a good dupe, and a great way to bring some texture to your space in the process.
At the risk of pulling a Miranda Priestly and going into some variation of the famed Cerulean Rant of 2006 (google it), let’s just leave it at this: If fashion month is any indication, blue is the cool tone guaranteed to be trending this year. Specifically, this pretty cornflower color; somewhere between a vibrant hue and subtle shade.
This is doubly good news for any homeowners looking to up the value of their houses: According to a 2017 Zillow report, blue-hued homes sell faster and at a higher price. And while painting your interiors cornflower blue is an easy way to bring this runway trend home—try Farrow & Ball’s “Cook’s Blue” or Benjamin Moore’s “Whipple Blue”—there are smaller ways to incorporate this color, too.
Our favorite way? Via textiles. Play up the calming properties of blue tones by choosing plush pillows, soft throws, and crisp linens to round out your bedroom and living room decor. For bedding, our favorite high-end option is made-to-order custom bedding company Flaneur (go for the “Forget Me Not” shade), though H&M Home has a more affordable pale blue washed linen set we love as well. This blue cable-knit blanket from Zara Home is an accessory you’ll love year round, both for cooler summer evenings spent on the patio and for cozying up on the couch in the winter.
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