The creative palettes in this story are recommended by Amy Wax, author of Can’t Fail Color Themes (Creative Homeowner, $20, amazon.com); Kristan Cunningham, host of HGTV’s Design on a Dime; and Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute. Decorating tip: Of the trios of colors that follow, choose one for the walls, then use the other two shades for accents and trim.
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Vivid hues of citrus, berry, and sky blue make a bright but not saccharine palette.
Mimosa, Strawberry Ice, and Little Boy Blue by Pantone EuroLux Interior ($40 a liter, pantone.com).
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Chocolate brown mixed with candy colors creates an irresistible kid's room.
Lavendula, Absinthe Green, and Chipmunk Brown from Pantone EuroLux Interior ($40 a liter, pantone.com).
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Island colors evoke the endless sunshine of a tropical vacation.
Jamaican Aqua, Yellow Rain Coat, and California Lilac from Benjamin Moore Natura ($50 a gallon, benjaminmoore.com).
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Juicy hues of orange, lemon, and blueberry create an energizing atmosphere with a modern edge.
Tangelo, Tropical Cabana, and American Cheese by Benjamin Moore Natura ($50 a gallon, benjaminmoore.com).
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Taking inspiration from the natural world, grass green, sunshine yellow, and tree-bark brown make a surprisingly sophisticated statement.
Asparagus, Golden Glow, and Jute from Olympic Paints Premium Interior ($17 a gallon, olympic.com).