Building & Renovating

RL Ideas: 12 Color Choices for the New Year (Part 1)

Get ready for 2015 with colors that intrigue, surprise, and delight. Take the color wheel for a spin, and pick new ones to grace your home


Read the original article ("10 Inspiring (and Unexpected) Color Palettes”) in the February 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Green Smoothie

Excited for a new shade? Try avocado green! The shade pairs well with gold and other earthy tones.

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Sugar and Spice

A feminine shade on the wall is the perfect choice for a girl's room. Complement the soft hue with whitewashed furniture pieces.

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Earthy Orange

For strong colors such as orange, a little goes a long way, so use it sparingly. Tame this striking hue by using it in a predominantly neutral room. 

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Seaside Frolic

The combination of light blue, yellow, and beige is a must for creating seaside ambiance. This palette reflects the colors of sky, water, and sand. Pair these refreshing colors with similarly laid-back furniture pieces and natural textures. Soften the mood even further with draping white fabrics for the windows and ceiling.

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Good Morning, Sunshine

Bright yellow can lend a familiar feel to any area of the home. It can instantly brighten up a space because it reminds one of sunshine.  

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Light and Bright

A rich color like vibrant blue adds a depth of cool sophistication to a room. To balance this color out, bring in warm shades such as gold, bronze, or wooden furniture and accessories. 

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