Fresh Colors for Your Home

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Few things in your home affect mood more quickly or more powerfully than color. Whether it takes its form in flooring, accessories or a room's four walls, color can make a space feel warm and cozy or cool and airy. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.

Color in home decorating is becoming simpler and cleaner, yet more intense and vibrant at the same time. Neutrals and whites are brighter: glossy whites and creamy almonds dominate. Darker hues are richer: Chinese red, deep purple and cobalt blue each make a big impact. Color palettes for 2003 are based on a variety of influences. Feng shui, with its simplicity and earthiness, is still generating popularity for such colors as celadon and sky blue. But a strong nod to the past-the glamorous 1920s and eye-popping 1960s in particular-is spinning many popular colors into bright, intense, graphic variations of themselves. These influences are developing some intriguing palettes as serenity, opulence and neon citrus merge into crisp, clever combinations.

If you want to give a room in your home a fresh look, consider one of these stylish color palettes. But don't be intimidated. Infusing a room with color can be as simple as a bringing in a new area rug, piling on colorful pillows or covering one wall with a single hue. Today's colors are grouped into unexpected combinations, some of which are listed below. Keep an eye out for accessories and wall treatments available in these exciting colors, and then try some in your home for the New Year.

Hot (and Cool) Colors

  • Victorian pink
  • Red - bright, fiery and some with blue undertones
  • Coppery orange
  • Tangerine
  • Lemon yellow
  • Chocolate brown
  • Khaki - especially with olive undertones
  • Lime green
  • Silvery navy
  • Tropical blue
  • Robin's-egg blue
  • Cobalt blue

Colorful Combos

  • Lime green - Purple - White
  • Lime green - Chocolate brown
  • Pink - Rose - Red
  • Purple - Lavender - Lilac
  • Robin's-egg blue - Chocolate brown
  • Cobalt blue - celadon
  • Shades of white (in addition to pure white, the same hue with tints of pink, blue and silver)

These How-To's are provided as a service from Lowe's, the Original Home Improvement Warehouse of How-To Information for the World Wide Web. The information in Lowe's "How-To" clinics is intended to simplify jobs around the house. Tools, products, materials, techniques, building codes and local regulations change; therefore, Lowe's assumes no liability for omissions, errors or the outcome of any project. The reader must always exercise reasonable caution, follow applicable codes and regulations, and is urged to consult with a professional if in doubt about any procedures.

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