Three Outcast Colors Poised to Make a Comeback

Get ready to change your tune about these unloved hues.

What goes around comes around. It's true for fashion trends, Justin Timberlake, and, of course, interiors. And there's nothing more exciting for us color lovers than when an unpopular or dated hue suddenly looks fresh again. Here, three we see making a comeback. Are you ready for some color karma? 

Photo: Loews Regency Hotel
Photo: Loews Regency Hotel

1. Ah, teal. It was the preferred hue of tropical-print track suits, airport terminal carpets, and rolled-arm recliners. So we've been pleasantly surprised to see the color shaking its '80s associations and even looking super luxe, as it does in this Nate Berkus-designed dining room. Painting out the ceiling and molding in this space and layering in nearly-neon artwork give it a futuristic jewel-box vibe. 

Photos: Genevieve Garruppo; Lonny
Photos: Genevieve Garruppo; Lonny

2. We've waxed poetic about marigold on more than one occasion—whether it's to redeem the much-maligned '90s favorite Harvest Gold or pronounce mustard the "it" color of Pre-Fall runways. Long associated with midcentury style, the saturated hue is looking undeniably contemporary paired with crisp white and chrome (as seen in Viyet's chic headquarters, at left), or with perma-popular slate gray (right).

Photos: Lonny
Photos: Lonny

3. Blues never seem to experience an ebb in popularity, whether they're pale and icy or classic nautical. But one particular shade hasn't fared so well of late: cornflower. The love child of periwinkle and cerulean, this purpley hue is maybe just a little too reminiscent of a Lisa Frank landscape to be considered a serious design option. But if the two talented ladies whose homes are pictured above (that's designer Michelle Smith and color forecaster Pepa Poch) are any indication, there's about to be a cornflower renaissance. 

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