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Home décor adopts steamy new palette for 2018

PPG Paints’ Red Gumball packs a stylish punch on an accent wall, providing drama and energy. (Associated Press)

While it seems like white, gray and other cool neutrals have taken over many shelter magazines and blogs, there’s starting to be little rise in temperature.

Here and there, dollops of hothouse pink, sultry red and sunset orange are showing up in decorative accessories, rugs and upholstery.

Misty Yeomans, PPG’s color marketing manager for Glidden paint, says a recent company survey found that red is one of the most popular paint colors. That may be because of its range.

“Each red can give off different impressions,” she says. “A dark red implies sophistication, whereas bright red can be considered more powerful and romantic.”

These include Benjamin Moore’s Exotic Red, Sherwin-Williams’ Heartthrob, and Farrow and Ball’s Rectory Red.

“Lighter reds – like pinks – are often thought of as more youthful,” says Yeomans.

A lamp like this glass midcentury modern one from Lamps Plus is an inexpensive way to experiment with intense hues.

That may partly explain the ubiquity of millennial pink, which has shown a lot of stamina over several décor cycles. But there are some new kids on the block.

“Looking ahead to 2018, we’re seeing a shift toward burgundy, and oranges are becoming brighter,” says Dee Schlotter, PPG’s senior color marketing manager.

Orange hues like Olympic Paints’ Orange Poppy and PPG Paints’ Caramelized Orange are cheerful and contemporary, she says.

Corals are also starting to emerge as a transition from the pinks, reports Yeomans, noting Glidden’s Coral Beach and Roseland as examples.

Color specialist Leatrice Eiseman, the author of “The Complete Color Harmony: Pantone Edition,” names a few of her favorites in the “hot” spectrum: “Pantone’s Cayenne, Molten Lava, Fuchsia Purple and Mimosa are all exuberant, dynamic and energizing hues,” she says. For those who want some heat, but not too much, she recommends peachy tones like Pantone’s Canyon Sunset or Coral Sands.

Benjamin-Moore just named Caliente, a rich spitfire of a red, as its 2018 Color of the Year.

There are lots of ways to bring these energetic colors into a room.

“You can easily tap into the trend by adding an accent wall,” Yeomans suggests. “If you’re not ready to add these bold tones to walls, the back of bookshelves, interior and exterior doors and accent furnishings provide great alternative spaces.”

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