How to Make Color Work for Your Home Interior

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How to Make Color Work for Your Home Interior
How to Make Color Work for Your Home Interior

Make color work for your home interior in surprising ways.  There is much to say about color and many ways to bring it into your home.  Selecting colors and employing them in your home can seem quite intimidating at first glance.  Let’s break it down and explore the many ways to use color in your interiors.

A fresh color palette makes this room inviting (rmz-me.com)
A fresh color palette makes this room inviting (rmz-me.com)

Primary Plus One

If the use of color in your home makes you nervous, start small.  Choose a primary color and add a few accents in a different color.  You can keep this scheme or gradually add more accents in the same color.

Pops of orange complement this gorgeous room (businessinsider.sg)
Pops of orange complement this gorgeous room (businessinsider.sg)
A green sofa complements the blue of this space (interiordesign2014.com)
A green sofa complements the blue of this space (interiordesign2014.com)

A Pop of Color

If you have a color scheme already in place and you want to add some zip, bring in a piece that contrasts.  This pop of color can make a big difference in your room.

Lime green invigorates this serene white space (sdcnursing.com)
Lime green invigorates this serene white space (sdcnursing.com)
A red chair adds a pop of color to this blue and coral room (Pinterest.com.au)
A red chair adds a pop of color to this blue and coral room (Pinterest.com.au)

Color Under Foot

One quick way to add color to a room is with an area rug.  If you don’t want to make a big change, like painting or investing in a new sofa, an area rug can serve you well.  Choose one to contrast your current color scheme or use a multi-colored rug as a point of inspiration for throw pillows and accessories to use in the room.

A bright rug grounds the space and introduces color (home-designing.com)
A bright rug grounds the space and introduces color (home-designing.com)
An abstract rug brings color to this room (galeriemagazine.com)
An abstract rug brings color to this room (galeriemagazine.com)

Art Inspiration

There is nothing quite like art to make a statement and send your imagination soaring with creative ideas with color.  Take advantage of paintings and sculptures to be the starting point for making color work for you.

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A painting can be the inspiration for color in a room (decoist.com)
A painting can be the inspiration for color in a room (decoist.com)
An abstract painting inspires color (rilane.com)
An abstract painting inspires color (rilane.com)

A Softer Palette

If you prefer a softer palette, pastels are a wonderful way to go.  Create a space that is calming but never boring with a combination of lighter hues.  Add darker shades with accessories such as vases, artwork and pillows.  Metallic accents also do wonders to raise the aesthetic quotient of pastels.

Soothing colors in this lovely room (freshome)
Soothing colors in this lovely room (freshome)
Beautiful colors highlight this bright room (joystudiodesign)
Beautiful colors highlight this bright room (joystudiodesign)

Simply Elegant With Shimmer

A great way to make color work for you on a more minimal scale is to use one color with neutrals and add touches of gold or brass.  The shimmer adds texture and elegance to a space, while keeping colors to a minimum.  You will find a space highlighted with metals to be quite sophisticated.

A simple color palette with gold accents is elegant (Pinterest)
A simple color palette with gold accents is elegant (Pinterest)
Touches of brass bring elegance to this room (Pinterest)
Touches of brass bring elegance to this room (Pinterest)

A Perfect Balance

Creating a perfect balance of two colors makes for a stylish space.  Bring together two contrasting colors such as red and blue or two complementary colors such as blue and green.  These combinations work equally well in a room and are an easy way to work color into your design.

Purple and green mesh for elegance in this room designed by Alexa Hampton for the Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2014
Purple and green mesh for elegance in this room designed by Alexa Hampton for the Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2014
A balance of blue and green give this dining room welcoming style (ntrjournal.org)
A balance of blue and green give this dining room welcoming style (ntrjournal.org)

Mix it Up

If you want to truly make a bold statement with color, mix it up!  To make it work, use a palette of complementary colors (purple and pink) and add contrast (green, blue) with a few accessories.  For more impact and a lighter feel, keep the wall color subtle.

Lively color and modern seating make a comfortable spot (designstudiomk.com)
Lively color and modern seating make a comfortable spot (designstudiomk.com)
A colorful living room (impnerd.com)
A colorful living room (impnerd.com)

Surround Yourself in Color

Take a color risk that pays off with positive impact.  Paint the walls of a room and keep furnishings and textiles neutral.  Add color through accent pieces and accessories.  Use touches of black or white to ground the space and offer color “relief”.

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Heather walls create a warm and welcoming space (icanhasgif.com)
Heather walls create a warm and welcoming space (icanhasgif.com)
Bold aqua walls (cybball.com)
Bold aqua walls (cybball.com)

Splashes of Color

You can’t go wrong with splashes of color in unexpected places.  An accent chair is expected, but a colorful lampshade is not.  Floating shelves in various colors can lighten up a wall and give your accessories the spotlight, as can wallpaper or paint on the back of bookshelves.

Colorful fabrics add splashes of color (placesinthehome.com)
Colorful fabrics add splashes of color (placesinthehome.com)
Bring color in unexpected ways (interioridea.net)
Bring color in unexpected ways (interioridea.net)
Paint the interior of shelves for a splash of color (Olympic.com)
Paint the interior of shelves for a splash of color (Olympic.com)

Neutral Background

A neutral background gives you a blank canvas from which to work your color magic.  Use colorful pillows, throws and artwork to accentuate a tan sofa.  For an open concept home, create a seamless flow of color throughout by using one color against a neutral background.  For a contrast to this method, use neutrals to accent a deeply hued wall.

Neutrals balance color to make color work in this room (zionstar.net)
Neutrals balance color to make color work in this room (zionstar.net)
Yellow flows through this neutral room (ihotb.com)
Yellow flows through this neutral room (ihotb.com)
A balance of color and neutrals (homestratosphere.com)
A balance of color and neutrals (homestratosphere.com)

Use Black to Pull Colors Together

Black accents in a colorful interior have the power to ground a space and pull colors together.  Black also adds depth, giving the room added dimension.

Explore color in your home (sophierobinson.co.uk)
Explore color in your home (sophierobinson.co.uk)
Make color work with painted walls (samhomedecor.com)
Make color work with painted walls (samhomedecor.com)

Make color work for your home interior by experimenting and taking inspiration from artwork, rugs and even the color wheel.  By observing contrasting and complementary colors, you can easily decide which colors work best together.  Don’t let color intimidate you.  Simply take a bold step and embrace the surprising ways that color can enhance your rooms!

 

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