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What are the hot color trends for 2007?

Tips for incorporating the new looks into your home decor.
/ Source: Weekend Today

What are the coolest colors of 2007? If you think it's bright red and fluorescents, think again. From clothing to Kleenex, fabrics to furniture, this year it's all about the environment. After extensive research and focus groups conducted nationwide, Color Marketing Group predicts the most powerful color trends for 2007 are more subdued shades, evoking images of a cool day at the beach or a walk through the park.

This shift in the color palette is being driven by a number of influences. For starters, there's a growing concern and recognition of the environment. Issues in the news (global warming, hurricane seasons, even a milder winter) have an influence on the colors people are attracted to, and many are looking for ways to bring the colors of the outdoors inside the home.

There is also a big shift towards colors already popular in other countries. India is becoming an important player on the world market, and people here in the U.S. are now finding themselves drawn to colors associated with that country, soothing oranges and yellows and warm, rich reds.

Specifically, CMG predicts these trends:

  • Green rules: Look for softer, more botanical greens inspired by nature.
  • Nature blues: The color of the sky, the color of water, true blues from nature will be everywhere.
  • Rich, ethnic accents: Add punch to more neutral settings with accent colors from a rich mix of countries and cultures. Deep, rich ethnic reds and warm, glowing oranges are the “hot” colors for 2007.

In the kitchenLeslie Harrington, a color consultant with CMG and LH Color, says these new shades are already turning up in the kitchen, but not from floor to ceiling. It's all about adding a burst of color to catch the eye, so go ahead and keep the stainless steel refrigerator and stove! Instead, you can use colorful appliances and accents to create a pop of color.

One brand new item displayed in a fresh green or mango color can become a great focal point in your busiest room. Try mixer, $169, ; panini grill, $79.95 .

Living it up

When it comes to the living room and new colors, it's easy to go too far. You can paint the walls, recover the sofa and change the carpets. Don't get carried away!

If you love this year's new colors, there's no need to buy an entire new set of living room furniture. A few accents go a long way to give your room a fresh look. Try picking out two or three matching colors that you like and stick with them. Pillows, blankets and vases can easily be replaced when the next hot new color comes along. You don't want to be stuck with a lime green sofa do you? Try pillows, $20-35 and Oliver throw, $79.95, .

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