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Yellow named colour of the year

It can help provide focus and accent in neutral spaces

In our world, colour is critical.

Everyone, from car companies to fashion and makeup brands, work hard to develop colour palettes that reflect the pulse and mood of our culture.

Benjamin Moore has chosen Lemon Sorbet as its 2013 Colour of the Year. Here are a few ways to use it:

. Pastels, flattering in recent fashion trends, are emerging on the home front in the mint, coral, pink and vanilla families. The Lemon Sorbet paint colour makes the perfect backdrop to these hues.

. People are tired of the beiges, grays and every hybrid in between, so this refreshing lemon shade is a perfect transition colour to begin an invigorating change. . In neutral spaces yellow acts like a yellow highlighter - focuses your eye and provides accent.

. It can be bold and modern (in a graphic combo with black or deep inky blues and white).

. It can be soft and natural paired with neutral shades of tan, sand and soft grey.

. Yellow, in its many variations, is the colour of optimism and the colour of light and makes a great substitute for plain white.

. On the wall, ceiling, trim or a piece of furniture, yellow makes a lively addition to any space.