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January 20, 2015

Smoky Hues Are the New Black

by Annalisa

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Hunter Douglas Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Home decor trends are warming up in 2015. Gold is the new chrome, organic wallpaper is the new paint, and smoky hues are the new black.

When it comes to smoky colors, you aren’t just limited to 50 shades of gray. These neutrals range from ebony and charcoal to deep blues and rich browns. Keep a smoky color palette from feeling gloomy by choosing hues that are warm and inviting rather than shades with cool undertones.

Living Area with Smoky Colored Decor
Erin Gates Design on Decorpad via Pinterest

For instance, look for rich ebony instead of flat asphalt; or if you like charcoal, search for a color that is closer to campfire smoke than cold slate. You can also warm up a space by incorporating shades like mocha or cinnamon.

Make Your Space Smoky

Are you ready to integrate this decorating trend into your home? The easiest ways to introduce a new hue into any decorating scheme is to update the room’s wall color, window treatments, furniture, or decorative accents.

Carole Fabrics window treatments
Custom Window Treatments | Carole Fabrics 

Paint your walls greige (a beigey-gray that I love) and find smoky-colored accessories that complement your current décor. Greige is a great color because it works with other smoky shades, and coordinates well with vivid hues and pastels.

Hunter Douglas Heritance® Shutters in Espresso

If you’re drawn to something darker, explore the moodier end of the smoky color spectrum. Start with ebony hardwood floors and custom wood shutters, adding in light gray walls and white trim for a clean finish.

Perfect Color Pairings

To create a sophisticated color palette, consider combining darker smoky shades with lighter ones for contrast – indigo or deep charcoal with greige, for example.

For a monochromatic look, pick one color and scale it along several shades – charcoal walls with softer gray furniture and light gray accents, or vice versa. If you decide to try this design idea, three or four shades of the same color will do just fine.

Monochromatic Family Room by Burlingame Architects & Building Designers Scheinholtz Associates | Houzz

If you want to add a pop of color to a smoky color scheme, charcoal looks great with lime, mint, or chartreuse. For a space that uses navy or indigo as a neutral, add visual interest with pink, coral, or orange.

Modern Living Room by Chicago Photographers Cynthia Lynn Photography | Houzz

Invest in the New Neutral

Smoky shades are easy to incorporate into your décor because they’re flexible enough to work for a range of styles. For that reason, design elements in these colors make for a smart investment. Consider these new neutrals if you’re ready to update your flooring, kitchen cabinets, or window coverings. Not only will you be able to work the colors in with your current décor, but they’ll also easily transition as your design style changes over time.


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