We get palette predictions this time every year. I love that, some of the colors, and we’ll share some here.

Colors can be applied to rev up your environment, home or business, in many ways.
Paint is the most prevalent, but upholstery, drapes, rugs—even a new wardrobe piece or two, are great ways to test a color’s fit for you. New pillows are easy too, or small area rugs, to test how new colors might rock, or wreck, your world. So, for some of the new palettes, here you are.

From Dering Hall’s predictions by six designers.

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Green-Black is the choice of Elena Calabrese, of Elena Calabrese Design & Decor. She likes Pratt & Lambert’s Blackwatch Green, which is dark and intense without being black. It’s hard to even see the green onscreen, but it is there. And she adds it as contrast to very light walls, and in a gloss finish here as trim.

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Mustard Yellow Carter Kay, of Carter Kay Interiors says they are using mustard yellow and hits of turquoise this year. This is Benjamin Moore’s Eye of the Tiger. A rich color that still seems natural. I too love shades that bring our outdoors inside.


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Yellow-Green Jo Ann Alston, of J. Stephens Interiors, favors this deep yellow-green. I see very little yellow here, just enough to tone down a too strong green. I would use it in any day room or especially in a library. Two paints that achieve this look are Benjamin Moore’s Guacamole and Sherwin Williams’ Saguaro.

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Deep Blue From Caroline Kopp, of Caroline Kopp Interior Design likes strong color and this deep blue is essentially a neutral. Sherwin Williams’ Moscow Midnight is in the rear of the bookcase. It’s a perfect background for the brights she used and what a happy family hangout it makes!

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Saffron Yellow works for Elizabeth Vallino, of Elizabeth Vallino Interiors, who loves the rich warmth but still exotic feel of these walls. I am looking for a perfect place for this color myself. It’s so great with red art and accent.

There was the perfect place for a color close to it on an exterior wall we colored on a home outside Santa Fe. In the city center, one is limited to an extremely narrow palette ranging from “brown to a different brown” or “brown and round.” Working in the county is a different ballgame . . .  when outside a gated community.

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Similarly on this long walkway and reflecting pool. Beside it is the natural palette as inspiration for the homes exterior.

Also outside city limits, we were able to do a real red on an entry, using automobile paint that resists fading, at least for several years. (Red being one of those colors that fades most easily, and is why you often see “pink” handrails and trim in New Mexico.) The addition of one deep red burgundy wall and one coppery red wall to the left completed my fantasy of doing a red house! These are in a series of homes outside of Santa Fe in an area called La Mirada, designed by Robert Zachry, AIA, and built by Hurlocker Homes.

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In Albuquerque proper, and most of the region, colors appear frequently on residential projects. So I was able to do the red doors on an interior courtyard in a complex in that city.

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mid century colors“We hired Core Value Interiors to prepare and select exterior colors for our Albuquerque apartments Nob Hill Apartments. This was not a simple task as there are 12 buildings and we requested that a Mid-Century palette be used. Edy started with an excellent research piece on actual colors that were in common usage in residential applications during the Mid-century. Utilizing these colors of the past she created a new and fresh modern approach which is tasteful, professional and has resulted in increased demand.“Nob Hill Apartments

While on the streetside we did our best to blend with the neighborhood.

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Moving from a Local to a Global Scale

Every year the color company Pantone names their “Color of the Year,” and many more “colors of the year” for the paint companies follow that announcement.

 Pantone names Ultra Violet as colour of the year for 2018

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The color company Pantone has chosen a vibrant purple shade, named UltraViolet, as its colour of the year for 2018. Revealed earlier today, the Ultra Violet colour is described as “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade.” Says Pantone Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman: “We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is the kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to UltraViolet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level.
new colorsFrom exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

Even I as a designer was surprised by one of the many upcoming products using the shade! And I love it on one of my favorite chairs, the super clean lined “Jean” from B an B Italia.


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It is not too dissimilar to the color launched last year to pay tribute to pop icon Prince following his death. “The selection of Ultra Violet speaks to our shared desire for deeper understanding in an increasingly complex landscape, and our eagerness to experiment to reach that level,” said the company.

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My New “Old Favorite” Resource

And for a local resource I’m in love with, meet Sara Dean and her plaster colors for traditional hard trowel and beeswaxed or Okon sealed plaster. Her palette is a winner, and includes legions of neutrals not in this photo, but she can match your color just as well. Sara was the techie in this business and then took the reins over, with her husband Jona Dean, when Rob Dean passed away. They refreshed the showroom and studio into a welcoming, usable space for designers and homeowners. Call me for directions, it’s tucked away in a construction yard off Cerrillos Road.

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Now I’d love to hear your favorites. The Saffron is one of mine and I’m hoping it will be in someone’s home that I am working on, this year!

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