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Energetic to restful tones of blue win the popular vote as colors of 2013

  • Associated Press
  • Published Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 8:10 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 8:17 a.m.

The color of the year as named by Pantone has not been greeted with unanimous enthusiasm this month.

Emerald is the color of 2013, and its boldness doesn’t seem to have the appeal that the fresh colors of the past two years have had — Tangerine Tango (a reddish orange) in 2012 and honeysuckle (a reddish pink) in 2011.

Color expert Maria Killam wrote on her blog Colour Me Happy that she thought the color of the year would be a blue. Indeed, many color marketing and manufacturing groups have named some version of blue among their 2013 colors of the year. AzkoNobel likes indigo; Pantone does include Monaco Blue, a mix of royal and navy, in its top palette; Color Marketing Group chose mid-range blues. That means that lots of home retailers will be singing the blues this spring, in a good way.

Blues range from energetic to restful. They can call to mind the graduated blues of the sky or those of the oceans, rivers and lagoons.

Blues play well with most colors, textures and room styles.

Rustic woven elements bring indigo home with a traditional, often global sensibility. Canadian designer Windsor Shaw pairs indigo silk drapes with a jute rug, for example. Sleek lacquerware and silver accessories take blue into smart city-modern territory.

Blue and white is a combination with lots of possibilities. Sara Peterson, HGTV Magazine’s editor in chief, says, “We love soft blue-grays in master bedrooms, with white linens and dark wood furniture. Light blue is really pretty on painted kitchen cabinets with white countertops. In a kid’s room, cobalt blue is fun when paired with painted white furniture and bursts of bright accent colors, like fuchsia or lime green.”

RH Baby and Child has a reversible navy and natural braided wool rug, while Restoration Hardware offers Ben Soleimani’s heathered navy pinstripe rug; both would be great bases for other navy touches in a room (www.rhbabyandchild.com; www.rh.com).

Crate & Barrel and CB2 have some peppy peacock-blue pieces in the spring collections. The latter has the low-slung Avec sofa, skinny John floor lamp, and the Yolo flat-weave rug in a fresh, fun peacock and white circle print (www.crateandbarrel.com, www.cb2.com).

This spring, Target’s Threshold collection will feature an array of landscape blues, focusing on one in particular.

“As we traveled through Europe and Asia on our trend trips, teal started to become more prominent,” says Julie Guggemos, vice president of product development.

Target’s spring collection will include an ikat print shower curtain, a floral door mat and a ceramic lamp in teal (www.target.com).

Indigo, an inky shade often found in dyed textiles, works with a variety of interior styles. It anchors neutrals less harshly than black, and it’s a sophisticated counterpoint to bright colors or pastels.

Homegoods has well-priced, indigo printed upholstered chairs, fabric-covered storage boxes and ikat patterned towels (www.homegoods.com).

Deep water or blueberries come to mind with Monaco Blue. It pops against many of the season’s more playful shades, such as nectarine, pea green, violet, poppy red and lemony yellow.

Turquoise, which held sway over much of 2012’s color story, stays strong into spring. The color is pretty, yet carries an edge. Modern decor looks great in turquoise: Ikea’s Klippan sofa comes in a version that will have you thinking of the tropics. Go with that vibe by pairing it with textural white and cream accessories evoking sandy beaches, nubby shells and palm bark (www.ikea.com).

Safavieh offers the Paris ceramic table lamp in a gentle light blue or the more emphatic navy. An upholstered ottoman in powder or ink would be a chic addition (www.safaviehhome.com).

Contributing: Washington Post

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