- Choosing a color palette for your interior decorating project can be a daunting task. One way to simplify the process is to see which colors today's interior design experts are recommending, and then picking your favorites from among them. It is important not only to choose colors that are in fashion but also ones that you truly like and can live with. The best color scheme is the one that makes you happy to be home.
- According to House Beautiful magazine, blue wins all the popularity contests, and is an "in" color for 2010. Blue is a color of nature associated with the sky and water. It is calming and soothing, and a good choice for a bedroom or bathroom. Aqua blues are particularly "hot" this year. Benjamin Moore's "Dolphin's Cove" and "Blue Toile," and Farrow & Ball's "Blue Ground" are shades of aqua blue that are highly recommended by some of today's top interior designers.
- "Going green" is not only environmentally friendly, it is also a color trend for 2010. Green is the color of balance and harmony, and the color most associated with nature. Green works well inside the home because it goes with almost every other color. Gone are the kelly, lime and sage greens; today's greens are earthy and mossy. Greens that are "hot" for 2010 include Benjamin Moore's "Aganthus Green," Pratt & Lambert's "Clover," Donald Kaufman's "DKC-23" and Pantone's "Young Wheat."
- Gray is the new neutral, taking the place of beige and taupe. In the past gray has been used with caution, but today it has become a very versatile neutral in its many cool and warm shades. Gray can have a peaceful, calming effect on a room. Grays that are recommended by today's top interior designers include Dutch Boy's "Cathedral Gray," Fine Paints of Europe's "Silhouette Gray," Sherwin Williams' "Magnetic Gray" and Farrow & Ball's "Pavilion Gray."
- Yellow, the color that reminds us most of sunlight, works well in any room where you want to feel energized and uplifted. It sparks creativity and imagination. Yellows range from bright and bold to soft and golden. Top picks for yellows by some of today's top interior designers include Farrow & Balls' "Babouche"; Benjamin Moore's "Showtime," "Dalila," "Golden Honey" and "Golden Straw"; and Donald Kaufman's "DKC-30."