In my recent tour of Erin & Kyle's U Street apartment, I especially liked Erin's yellowy bedside vignettes. Repeated in the flowers, tray, and frame, the accent color is drawn from an orderly stack of National Geographic magazines.

While many companies have a signature color, magazines are attainable and feel much less showy than, oh, say, an Hermès box. Nevertheless, Erin is still in high-class company in her use of old Nat Geos as a colorful accent. Here, find examples from Elle Decor, the Hampton Designer Showhouse, and fashion designer Rachel Roy's home.

Images: 1. Kim Rinehimer for Apartment Therapy 2. Elle Decor 3. Elle Decoration South Africa 4. Tilton Fenwick via Little Green Notebook 5. Rachel Roy's living room in American Fashion Designers at Home via Sight Unseen