Fall Color Report: Warm Cognac

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Walls to couches, skirts, coats and headboards, cognac adds a warm energy to fashion as well as home décor (images from top left: Pantone.com, Pottery Barn, Brewster Home Fashions, Milk Magazine, Pinterest & Style.com)

Where brown is seen as dull, cognac is seen as glamorous! This warm, classy hue brings to mind autumnal bliss, where colorful leaves, cozy knits and days spent by the fire all lay at the forefront of our minds. So it’s no surprise that this toasty shade, reminding us of not only a steaming cup of coffee but our favorite pair of leather boots, has won a place on the Fall 2014 Pantone Fashion Color Report.

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Images via A Note on Style Blog, Brooklyn Blonde Blog & Pinterest

A perfect pair to so many colors, you might even call it a neutral! It has the ability to make black seem not so harsh, while also being able to bring out the true beauty of a vibrant red without making it too overbearing (as seen above). There are not many colors you can truly say this about, that can work so fluently alongside others while also being able to stand alone brilliantly!

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Images via Houzz, Pinterest & Brewster Home Fashions

What is seen in fashion can also transition over to the home décor market. From warm leather sofas, stand out headboards, vintage accessories and cultured brown walls, cognac creates an interior that is stylish and chic as well as pleasant and enjoyable to live in. Whether it is the main focus of a room or subtle addition, adding in touch of this feel-good color provides your home with a comfortable living space.

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Beautiful pairings with white, pink and black accents (images via Houzz, Rue Magazine & Pinterest)

The beauty of Cognac, is that it seems to break all the rules. It not only compliments black, but it looks great with white, even better with color, and yes, it even looks fabulous on its own! This is definitely one color we can get used to!

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Polishing the Perfect Wall: Why You Should Bring Your Favorite Summer Nail Shades to Walls

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The Tom Ford Summer Collection is a perfect match to this modern wallpaper that fuses a vibrant red, soft orange and warm beige for a sizzling brilliance on walls.

Most of us wait all year for those first signs of summer…warmth, sunshine, long beach days, colorful sunsets and updating ones wardrobe from drab winter tones to fresh, happy shades, including switching out that dark nail tone for a more vivid alternative. So why not do the same with your décor?

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A bright pink and orange shade as seen in the Essie Summer Collection, matched with its ivory and grey counterparts, make these energetic colors appear light and airy on walls.

If you’re afraid of adding to much color, or worried about how these electrifying shades will actually appear on walls, consider creating a feature wall as an alternative. This gives you the freedom to pick a bold design while making sure your room doesn’t appear too busy or chaotic.

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Consider pairing a fearless red with a coppery orange as seen in Butter London’s collection, for a wonderful mix of color and sass.

Dior’s colors of summer bring a cool vibe to your space that is filled with ocean blues, sea glass greens and a fresh pop of pink. If you’re looking to create a relaxing retreat that soothes and inspires, this pretty palette does just the trick.

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Dior’s colors of summer

From pastel pinks to a punch of peach to a lush grassy green, Zoya’s summer shades invigorate décor in tones that are calm and friendly. With a dash of contemporary flavor, this rich collection will bring effortless detail to walls.

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Perfectly mastered, Zoya’s six dazzling shades are ideal for any wall in your home

You may not have thought that polishing nails and polishing walls in the same hue would ever be something you would consider, however just like the changing of seasons, refreshing décor in a warm summer palette can easily change the mood of your room from bleak to vibrant and boring to magical!

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Nicole by OPI has polished the perfect red and pink combo that will bring a dash of romance to walls as seen in this pretty floral wallpaper

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Radiant Orchid in Decor

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“Radiant Orchid is a totally different direction from last year’s Pantone Color of the Year, Emerald,” says Paula Berberian, a Creative Director of Brewster Home Fashions for WallPops.  “The softer shade makes quite a statement when paired with neutrals like taupe and cream, and is even more striking alongside brighter hues like turquoise and yellow.” Here are some tips on how to incorporate this dazzling hue into your decor.

Create a Feature Wall

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It’s often intimidating to introduce a new color into your home, so starting on a smaller scale makes it easier to take the plunge. Instead of dressing an entire room in Radiant Orchid, focus on just one area to test out the shade. Choose which wall serves best as the center of attention, often the dining room provides an ideal arena. Pictured above, the Pandora Purple Botanical Vines wallpaper by Kenneth James from Brewster Home Fashions creates an enchanted accent.  After adding the ravishing wallpaper, which features swirling orchid vines, keep the rest of the design minimal so your Radiant Orchid accent wall will become the highlight of the room.

Add Accessories

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Accessories like throws, pillows and rugs can quickly turn any space into a coordinated design. Subdued colors such as grey, cream and taupe work well in the bedroom, but can often come up short when you are trying to create a bold design. Incorporate soft blankets, small pieces of furniture like the chair above, and textured decorative pillows in Radiant Orchid for a touch of sophistication and style.

Focus on Florals

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Caitlin Wilson via decorismo

The 2014 color of the year is a vivid tribute to one of the most coveted types of orchid blossoms. One of the best ways to integrate lush radiant orchid into your home is with a real plant!  With tropical leaves and exotic blooms, you simply cannot go wrong with a fresh orchid plant in any room. You can also fill vases with cut flowers to infuse a luxurious and invigorating pop of purple into and space.

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