Adding color to a challenging time

What’s one of the hottest trends?  Hot colors (reds, oranges, yellows) as well as warm earth tones and really any shade that makes a statement, from dusky pink to vibrant blue-green. Indeed, Benjamin Moore, the paint brand, has declared Aegean teal to be the color of 2021. And anything that reminds us of the Aegean and our time in Greece is OK by us.

The idea is to brighten the home as a way to brighten the heart in a time of darkness.

“There is a huge wave away from gray,” Joa Studholme, the color curator for English paint company Farrow & Ball, told The New York Times recently. “There’s nothing about gray that evokes wellness.” Instead, she added, “There is a tendency to crave warm tones in challenging times,” she said. “It’s all about being warm and earthy and choosing deeply saturated color. It’s about trying something that gives you a great big hug.”

We’ll have more on decorating with color in Cami Weinstein’s Wares column for WAG’s December “Visions of Light” issue. But in the meantime, why not take the plunge by starting small, with maybe one wall or a bench in a pop of color to see how you like it? After all, there’s no point in stressing out over de-stressing colors.

Start with one item or a small room. Then pour yourself a cup of tea and step back to consider your handiwork – and consider yourself hugged.

Georgette Gouveia

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