Bold Color Inspirations: Recession Chic

Bold Color Inspirations: Recession Chic

May 27, 2010
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All week we've been highlighting color trends from our Fall Colors Contest and House Tour archive, and today we're getting seriously chic. The no-nonsense greys, blacks, and browns seen in these homes aren't about to slink back into the shadows: rather, they're defining themselves as bold, fearless players in a sea of garish brights. Check out our Valspar paint color picks below to help get this look for yourself.

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Kendra's bedroom is dramatic without being overbearing through the use of gold-yellow and plum against the dark stone-colored background. Get the look with Valspar's Cooper Adobe Brown 3011-9 and Bugle Call 3006-5A.

Lital's living room came together using different shades of earth tones, and the end result is a calm, relaxing environment. If you want this look, try Valspar's Magic Lamp 3005-9A and Treetrunk 3009-10.

Kayla's inspiration for her room was "old city in twilight," a bit grimy, worn down, melancholic, yet life is teaming underneath the streets. Try it out with Valspar's Twilight Jungle 3007-9A and Bullfrog 6007-4B.

Jesse's space is composed of rich blacks, browns, and violets, which seem to come alive under glow of his vintage lamps. Get the look with Valspar's Classical Violet 4001-4B and Sienna Red 3011-7.

There really is nothing simpler or less gradiose than a black and cream color scheme, as seen here in Jennifer's home. The dark wall commands all the attention, but the cream furniture keeps it from becoming too depressing. Try your hand at it with Valspar's Lincoln Cottage Black 4009-2 and Saffron Silk 7003-21.

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