Decorating with Bold Colour
This certainly doesn't mean that you have to pick one crazy colour per room for every room in your home, but incorporating colour is something to keep in mind when planning a space. The easiest ways to add colour are through:
If you aren't comfortable using bold colour, always keep big tickets items neutral and classic (furniture, upholstery, cabinets, etc) as these items are WAY more costly to switch out if you tire of them. BUT.....if you are considering adding colour in unexpected places and various items throughout your home, keep in mind some of the great spaces below!
This green upholstered sofa by Jonathan Adler is AMAZING! The neutral palette paired with different metallic pieces work together and allow the couch to stand out. A solid rug would also work great with a coloured sofa.
This glam city condo designed by Sarah Richardson Design pairs a neutral sofa and rug with warm gold tones, green accessories, and light green paint on the walls. Even though the walls have colour on them, the space still has a light and neutral feeling because of the neutral sofa, drapes, side tables, and rug. If you are looking to add a bold colour to your walls, always do a test with sample paint on at least two different walls in the room AND always sample two shades lighter and at least one shade darker. Paint chips from the store will not look the same as actual paint on the wall - often people end up choosing a lighter shade.
This custom Jonathan Adler desk used in a space by Allison Crawford is stunning. The Hermes orange colour is everything and paired with a framed Hermes scarf above adds so much interest (I am definitely on the hunt for a vintage Hermes scarf to frame for my own place!) The ghost chair, which allows the focus to remain on the desk works great with the neutral accents on the desk.
Blue is definitely one of the easiest colours to work with. It seems to be EVERYWHERE and in my opinion, is just amazing! Blue is a great colour for upholstery projects, like the stools below as seen in the Serena & Lily flagship store in Westport, CT. The table, rug, paint, and even lighting are simple and neutral allowing the blue stools to really stand out in the space.
This family room designed by Sarah Richardson Design has blue in the pillows, accent chair, art, and rug and it WORKS! Being open to the white kitchen, adding colour to several elements still keeps the room light and airy. If your space is open concept, think about adding colour to several items while keeping larger pieces neutral.
Patterned drapery! Feared by many....but when done right can be so so so amazing! Here designer Andrew Howard used the same indigo blue fabric on the drapes and the upholstered club chair and it looks great with the solid blue sofas. The white in the drapes and the warm, natural materials of the coffee table, accent chair, and rug balance the space so that is doesn't end up looking too blue! Obviously the ceilings are gorgeous and make the room feel larger, but hanging the drapes as high as possible over both sets of windows also draws the eye up and makes the space feel larger (even with a patterned fabric).
Make a bold statement in your entryway! Guests will certainly notice and a bold colour will make a great first impression. Not sure about investing in an expensive piece of furniture? Look for something second hand or vintage that is well made. Think thrift stores, flea markets, or garage sales. You can play with different colours and finishes and can easily re-paint a different colour down the road. Adding new hardware can also give an old piece of furniture a completely different look!
OBVIOUSLY most people use colour one way or another in kid's rooms. What kid wants a white boring space?! That doesn't mean that you have to paint every wall purple with dark purple trim (flashback to my childhood bedroom......), but colour can be added as it would for any other room in your house. Think drapery, upholstery, bedding, wallpaper.
This nursery by Emily Henderson is BEYOND AMAZING. The chartreuse drapes are so unexpected in a child's nursery but work so well with the stunning wallpaper. The furniture pieces are neutral and can be passed on to the next baby if needed, while the colours used in the drapes and wallpaper can grow with your child for many years. This definitely ain't your typical nursery!
Another great space by Sarah Richardson Design! The red accents throughout paired with a light violet bunkbed are really cute. Yet another kid's room with wallpaper - it's fun, what can I say. The white drapes, bedding, rug, lamp, and side table keep the balance and can be kept even if you decided to go with a new accent colour.
Maybe not a colour that many would choose for a living room, but this pink room is fabulous! The pink items really stand out, but aside from the upholstered chairs - the colour is only in the accessories! Such a simple fix if you want to incorporate a new colour at some point. This room feels anything but bland and the majority of the items are neutral! Keep texture in mind in a space like this. The grasscloth on the walls and the woven chair add visual interest and complete the room.
Lesson here: Don't be afraid of using bold colours in your home!!!