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Vail Design at Altitude column: Pantone releases fashion report

It's that time of year when Pantone releases its fashion report. It's so much fun to take a look at these colors that can spur us to think a little bit outside of the box. A lot of times it's challenging to figure out how to use a color or where it will look smashing … so read on.

Pantone's Riverside Blue is a beautiful slate blue that can be used in many ways. It can be a neutral or a bold pop of color. Best of all, it works in any room in your home. Riverside Blue adds a burst of color in an otherwise sedate living room. The blue doesn't overwhelm or distract; it simply adds calmness to the space.

Try it in the kitchen. Bursts of Riverside Blue peppered throughout the backsplash add a bit of fun, without overpowering: It adds warmth that catches the eye.

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Airy Blue is another fun color to try this winter. When the world starts to feel gloomy, Airy Blue brings a hint of summer. It creates a lightness we love. And this color works across the country — at the beach, in the mountains and in the city. We suggest pairing it with something unexpected: A reclaimed wood wall with blue accessories creates a certain elegance, a high-end, yet homey, feel.

Pair paint and accessories: Airy Blue armchairs with an ottoman, add an accent wall in the same color, and it all works together perfectly. It shows a bit of playfulness but remains a quiet retreat.

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Green with envy, indeed. Pantone Green feels like spring itself. And as we go into the drab winter months, it's good to remember that there is life under the frozen tundra. A bold green ceiling certainly won't be forgotten. What a fun, unique way to bring color into your home. Green walls paired with a bright white chair and rug works well together. Finally, crisp, white linens could be boring — well, maybe — but they simply shine when paired with greens.

Let's be honest, mustard got a bad rap in the '70s, but we're welcoming back its spicy older sister with Pantone's Spicy Mustard. Best taken in small doses similar to mustard on a sandwich, it adds a burst but you don't want to be swimming in it. Pair it with neutrals such as ivory or gray, and Spicy Mustard warms as it invigorates.

Bodacious! Best taken in small bursts, this warm pink adds a feeling of festivity to any room. Even classic design needs a boost, which is just what it gets with Bodacious (pink) where it's not necessarily expected. Think about using it in different ways: through art, lamps, throws. … It's pink all grown up.

Pantone's Potters' Clay is warm and perfect for fall. It's like pumpkin spice lattes for your home. It picks up other colors throughout the room — it's neutral in a bold way and a great way to dip into new colors.

Aurora Red is earthy and sedate; it's not the red accent wall that was so pervasive in the 1990s. It works with warm stone or wood walls. Add it in for a pop of color with a throw pillow or throw, or try it in a piece of art. It's warming and energizing.

Sharkskin, we adore you. Shades of gray; a gray by any other name … Sharkskin calms but is definitely not boring. Clean and warm, what is not to love? Whites and blacks look lovely with Sharkskin.

Warm Taupe is the staid older sister, no flash but it works so well with clean whites. The outside views can steal the show here, so why compete when a clean, easy room speaks volumes?

Dusty Cedar is completely unexpected. It shows playfulness, a sense of risk-taking while not living with the regret of an unfortunate design decision. It brings a smile to your face and warms the home.

Not ready to change your home? Remember, all of these colors work well in fashion, too. Try a swanky scarf or funky hat. Mix it up and get out of your comfort zone — show the world you're ready to be bold, daring and you know what's hot in fashion. These colors are a great launching place. Hopefully they will inspire you to try something new, something you've wanted to do but haven't had the gumption. Pantone says go for it.

Yvonne Jacobs is the president of Slifer Designs. She loves finding new ways to use color and new colors to use.