If you’re thinking about revamping the look of your room, start with color. Don’t know where to begin? Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams both unveiled their picks for the 2018 Color of the Year. Benjamin Moore chose Caliente, a radiant and vibrant red, and Sherwin-Williams chose Oceanside, an elegant shade of beachy blue. Rick Lopes of INspiration Interiors gives a few tips on incorporating these colors into your home.

Caliente (above) is a bold choice, but Lopes is not afraid to work with color. “For someone adventurous enough to introduce the Caliente color into a space, I would suggest incorporating earthy tones and textures to balance the space along with live plants,” says Lopes. He suggests painting an accent wall in a social room of the house where natural light is abundant and mixing in shades of gold in matte finishes and contemporary shades of gray.

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A room painted in Oceanside, a strong but calming shade of blue-green. 
Photo courtesy: Sherwin-Williams

“Oceanside can easily be incorporated into any midcentury modern design concept,” says Rick Lopes. “This multidimensional shade of blue-green is strong but calming.” Lopes suggests utilizing jewel and glass tone furniture in a space where Oceanside is used, such as a velvet sofa or area rug. He also suggests pairing other colors like coral pink and mustard yellow to create a peaceful meditative space.

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