(1034), Pratt &
WHY IT’S HOT: The most delicious of this season’s trendy vegetal shades, this sumptuous purple-red goes to
the root of both tones for a colour choice that’s both lush and down to earth. HOW TO USE IT: For such a
rich shade, beet is remarkably flexible. Use it on the walls of a small room, on a pair of boxy club chairs or in
tandem with silver and chrome accessories.
(AF-720), Aura by
Tansy Green (SW6424),
WHY IT’S HOT: Neither grey nor brown, this nuanced neutral offers the best of both hues, combining the sophistication of
the former with the earthiness of the latter. HOW TO USE IT: There are no decorative limits to this versatile shade, which
is ideal for both large-scale elements (walls, drapery, sofa upholstery) and small (toss pillows, throws).
Sourcing and styling by Madeleine Wong. Photography by Margaret Mulligan (except chairs, bowl, striped vase and striped lidded dish, car, electronics, perfume, dresser and washer/First View (clothing).
2008’s Top Colour Picks
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WHY IT’S HOT: Brighter than moss green but not as vivid as chartreuse, pea green strikes the perfect balance
between muddy and Technicolor. HOW TO USE IT: Apply this shade wherever you want a natural-looking hit
with a vibrant, energetic edge. Try it underfoot with area rugs, as a dominant or supporting tone in textiles or
as a complement to woodsy or rustic motifs.
WHY IT’S HOT: Previously relegated to nurseries and bathrooms, this pretty, ethereal colour has come of age, gracing
everything from graphic wallpaper to high-tech toys. HOW TO USE IT: While indisputably feminine, soft pink can also feel
fresh and unexpected in a living room, dining room or den. On walls, it is just as serene yet funkier than white. It also
partners beautifully with a host of stronger colours, including black, grey and red.
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WHY IT’S HOT: In keeping with the current
fondness for jewel tones, sapphire serves as a
richer, darker alternative to the watery blues
popular in recent years. HOW TO USE IT: As a luxurious
accent colour. Pair it with gold for a très swank look.
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