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What will be the coolest colour for 2013?

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The question

I am keen to repaint my living room. What do you think is the coolest colour for 2013?

The answer

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My resolution for 2013 is to stop using the words "coolest" and "hottest." (Which is better, anyway? Cool or hot?) Personally, I think the question should be: Now that I've survived the end of the world, what colour scheme speaks to me?

Perhaps it's all the recent talk of apocalypse, but I'm feeling inspired by the bold contrast of black and white – ebony floors, pure white walls and, to complement both, interchangeable accessories (accents in soft pastels, such as lavender and pale yellow, work best). If there are panels or inlays, make them true black. In such a setting, 2013 will be fantastic, striking and clear.

Forget shades of grey; give me checkerboard black and white!

Architect and interior designer Dee Dee Taylor Eustace's new e-book, Dee Dee's Rules, is available on iTunes. Follow her on Twitter: @ddtaylordd. Have a design problem? E-mail style@globeandmail.com.

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