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Sunday, August 13, 2017 1:00 am

This fall, paint's deep, rich hues are bolder

KIM COOK | Associated Press

Deeper, richer hues are often part of decor's autumnal palette, but this year they're bigger and bolder than usual.

“Color is a powerful communicator,” says Pottery Barn spokeswoman Monica Bhargava. “It can be a key point of inspiration that defines the mood and feel of a home.”

PPG's color marketing manager, Dee Schlotter, sees a trend toward interiors “that embrace nocturnal shades” in homes, hotels and stores. Deep hues are often incorporated through matte yet soft materials, she says.

“I love dusky blues, plums, gray of all types, and surfaces that have a mysterious effect,” says Jamie Drake of New York-based Drake Anderson Interiors.

For the guest bedroom of one project, Drake/Anderson had Jonathan Kutzin of America Painting in Cresskill, New Jersey, create a strie effect with an iridescent blue top coat, evoking a moody retreat.

In another apartment, in Midtown Manhattan, Drake says his company used deep plum tones to anchor the high-altitude rooms, while another project employed dark navy walls in a cozy library.

“Using a color this dark in a small space is a favorite tool to make the edges of a room 'disappear' and create a mysterious illusion of more space,” he says. (www.drakeanderson.com)

Some deep, dark colors evoke privacy, quietude and a feeling of being wrapped in warmth, designers say. But brighter, saturated hues can be uplifting and electric; Sherwin-Williams' two new collections are Affinity, inspired by craft and tribalism, and Connectivity, inspired by technology. (www.sherwin-williams.com)

At Kip's Bay Show House a couple of months ago in Manhattan, Susan Ferrier dressed a bedroom in deep forest green. Organic objets d'art accents made it feel like a luxe nature retreat. (www.mcalpinehouse.com)

Kevin Lichten and Joan Craig cloaked a downstairs bar in charcoal silk, trimmed with bronze, creating an intimate, sexy space.

Of the trending deepened hues, emerald green is especially dominant, Schlotter says. To her, “It represents luxury and emulates lush foliage.”

“Color palettes that range from darker shades like black and navy, to gold and coral, complement the depth of emerald green,” she continues, “while pale neutrals like white and light gray give it a crisp and trendy edge. A courageous color, emerald green also works well with a number of materials and textures.”

Don't worry about the trend being short-lived. PPG, Olympic Paints and Glidden announced their 2018 Color of the Year choices: Black Flame, Black Magic and Deep Onyx.

And Schlotter reports that PPG's color story for 2018 will be replete with deep, rich colors like smoky greens, luxurious purples, and charred gray-blacks. They've given the palette an intriguing name: “Brave.”