The Trick to Using Bright, Bold Colors in Interiors
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Take a step out of your color comfort zone and make a statement with the bright and bold—without overwhelming. The trick? Create a base palette for the space and add in colors to add character and emphasis.
Take this stylish kitchen for example: grey and yellow create the foundation of the room, while vibrant accent colors, the red and turquoise, make the space truly unique.
Whether your color craving is on a statement wall, furniture, artwork or accessories, you can use playful color in every corner of your home to create a space that’s uniquely you. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use bolds in interior design:
DARK & DRAMATIC
Spaces with lots of natural light can be drenched in darker, more dramatic colors.
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BRIGHT & SATURATED
Brighter, more saturated hues work well in spaces with less light, as they naturally reflect more light.
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Using complimentary colors, those that oppose each other on the color wheel, creates maximum contrast and stability.
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Colors don’t always have to be opposing, either. Using analogous colors, or colors that are side-by-side on a 12-part color wheel, creates a tranquil but eye-catching look.
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POP OFF NEUTRALS
Using rich and strong neutrals act as an anchor when used alongside bright colors In the photo below, the brown and black balances the stylish pops of orange.
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WANT TO START SMALL?
If you want to experiment with bold colors without a big commitment, start small. An accent piece in an otherwise monochrome palette can make for a breath of fresh air without transforming the entire space.
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What color will you choose to make a statement in your home?