10 Retro Colors Designers Say Are Making a Huge Comeback

We're traveling back in time, and our favorite spaces have never looked so good.

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There's a reason people say trends always come back in style — it's true. Case in point: kelly green, harvest gold, and dusty rose, which might remind you of your grandma's house, are popping up in interiors everywhere these days. And if you ask us (and these fabulous designers), that's a great thing!

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Harvest Gold

"The colors of my childhood in the 1970s are making a comeback, which were proudly autumnal, like harvest gold," says designer . "This time around, the color feels a bit more muted and subtle — not nearly as brash as my childhood!" This shade is also similar to the trendy marigold.

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Kelly Green

"We are happy to see a range of greens come back, including whimsical kelly green," says designer Gideon Mendelson of . He embraced the playfulness of the color in this dining room, which was inspired by his client's love of Lily Pulitzer prints.

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Dusty Rose

Don't confuse this hue with Millennial pink — it's softer and more muted. "The color has a very '50s and '60s vibe, and reminds me of my grandmother's bathroom," says designer . "In modern design, you can play it up with charcoal gray and crystals."

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Dark Burgundy
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Dark Burgundy

"This tone has always been associated with opulent interiors, however in 2018, it can also inject a playful sophistication within a space," says Ana Cummings of . She recommends pairing it with gold metallics.

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Mint

"To make mint more formal, try upholstering a chair in a mint textile or using it as an accent pillow on a white or soft gray couch," says Kayla Hein, creative director at .

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olive green
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Olive Green

The title of neutral isn't just reserved for white and beige anymore. "This color is a different kind of neutral with sophistication and depth, and can paired with anything," says Mendelson. "It has a sophistication that's ideal for millwork and trim." And this dining room is proof.

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Classic Blue

"There is a return to certain classics like blue paired with white which is is always perfect, whether it's in a formal setting with pops of strong color or a casual setting with ticking stripes," says designer . She notes her clients are asking for these colors in plush fabrics in particular.

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Classic Red

"A lot of people confuse red with being stressful, but if put in the right place, it's stimulating, especially in a social area where you want to keep the energy and conversation going," says designer and author, . In an office, this shade will help you stay inspired throughout the day.

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Teal

When painted on kitchen cabinets, this color will immediately transport you back to the 1950s. "In its origin, teal was never my favorite color, because it lacked depth, but now there are such beautiful tones that resemble more gemstone quality colors," says designer .

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Magenta

Magenta isn't just a reminder of the '60s anymore. "This color is bold and bright and would make for a great accent wall or unique upholstered piece of furniture," says Hein. She recommends pairing it with bold black and white stripes to play it up or a more neutral cream palette to play it down.

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