3 High-Impact Spots to Use Bold Color

Don’t hold back — bright, bold colors are on trend and easier to incorporate than you might think.

The next two years are all about the big, the bold, and the beautiful. While neutrals and metallics will always dominate interior color palettes, the new color trends are paving the way for a rise in fearless accents.

Adding pops of color to your home doesn’t have to be a daring feat. Bold hues in a few unique places make a world of difference. Whether it’s a new front door color or a festive case good, let’s dive into a few unexpected ways to use bold color.

Daring details

Subtle yet significant architectural details — like baseboard trim, molding, and wainscoting — are hidden gems when it comes to adding color in unexpected places.

A move as simple as swapping out a neutral trim for a bold, lacquered shade turns even the tiniest space into a prominent focal point. A new color on the old staircase railing stirs instant conversation with visiting guests, while a bright fireplace mantle breathes in new life.

Don’t forget your home’s exterior: Unique details like brackets, corbels, and hidden soffits are perfect places to add a fun, unexpected color pop. Spring gardening DIY calling your name? Shutters and built-in window planters are easy projects, and great candidates for your favorite fab shade.

A colorful front door sets the tone for visitors entering your home. Photo from Zillow listing

Go bold in the bathroom and kitchen

Tubs and sinks — who would ever think that the workhorses of the bathroom and kitchen could be prime real estate for a new splash of color? While avocado-green kitchen sinks are a thing of the past, modern counterparts are taking over the design realm in fun, bold shades.

For a DIY route, paint the underside of a farmhouse-style, wall-mounted sink or vintage clawfoot tub for a fun take on an old classic. Go for tubs and sinks that have lips — they make the new color application look seamless.

A deep egglant tub anchors an otherwise light and bright bathroom. Photo from Zillow listing

Color and case goods

What better way to add an unexpected hue in your space than with a custom case good? Case goods are extremely versatile — use them as a buffet in the dining room, a console in the entry, a dresser in the bedroom, or even a chest in the living room.

While most furniture pieces feature a beautiful, natural stain or a neutral shade, customizing a case good with a vivid hue is a sure way to turn that piece into a showstopper.

If a new case good isn’t in your future, a fresh coat of paint and some fun hardware on a well-loved piece is an easy way to bring new life into an unexpected place. Have fun with an emerald-green buffet in the dining room or a coral console for a festive entrance — whatever shade you choose, it’ll be a unique piece.

Matching aqua chests add a lively touch while providing handy storage. Photo courtesy of The Design Firm

Posted by Kerrie Kelly on Zillow


Styling a Layered and Neutral Living Room

Decorating with a range of neutrals creates a sophisticated yet comfortable living room look.

Nothing says classic design like a neutral palette. For a living room that you’ll still love years from now, throw out the pops of color and opt for soft shades of cream and gray.

Neutral pieces with a lot of layered texture are the perfect fall transition pieces. Your home will feel extra cozy, without compromising style.

1. Abstract Art, Minted, $22 and up | 2. Gray Sofa, West Elm, $1,299 | 3. Louis XIV-style Chair, Arhaus, $1,399 4. Faux Fur Pillow, Wayfair, $45 | 5. Wool Shag Rug, West Elm, $199 and up | 6. Graphic Quote Pillow Cover, H&M, $6 7. Gold Dot Pillow, Wayfair, $30 | 8. Copper Sequin Pillow, H&M, $18 | 9. Cream Tassel Throw, Open Sky, $110

A great sofa with a unique shape and a pair of statement chairs create a beautiful classic base that will really stand the test of time.

A neutral rug with an interesting pattern is a great way to liven up your space with a subtle pop. And abstract art is the perfect addition to this design. It’s graphic and modern, so it balances the traditional furniture well.

Layered textures like fur and cable knits are a must when going with a neutral palette. The varying textures and finishes don’t leave any room for bland or boring.

To really take your color-free space to the next level, bring in some metallics. Copper and gold are both neutral, but layering them together creates a collected look. A graphic black and white quote pillow is the perfect final touch that keeps this design from feeling too formal and brings in just the right amount of fun.

The best part about choosing to design with a neutral palette is that you really can’t go wrong. The more layers the better, and all neutral shades mix well together. Have fun styling your neutrals!

Posted by Lindsay Jackman on Zillow


7 Decorating Ideas to Add Color without Painting

The easiest way you can redecorate your home is by repainting it, but dealing with moving furniture, priming the walls, painting and more will take a good bit of effort and work if you are not up for it. Changing the look and feel of a room can be completed with some alternative methods instead. The following ideas will give you some insight as to what you can do to make these changes happen if you are not up for painting the walls:

Using Pillows

If you have a relatively dark room, but you want to make it shine a bit brighter, then adding a few brightly colored pillows to accent the furniture and the room might just be one of the best ways to bring color into your room. It will not take much work to complete and you will have viable results in a really short time.

Treating your Windows

You can make your windows better-looking, but also quite useful simply by updating your window treatments. Spicing things up with some colorful window treatments will bring a new look to the whole room if you have a knack for this sort of thing. Adding your personal touches is something that you can do yourself if you have the skill. Try adding a colorful piece of fabric over a decorative curtain rod to create a beautiful new look to your windows. Simple, efficient and low cost. What more could you ask for?

Flowers as Decorations

You can pick your favorite flowers depending on the time of year and add them to a bowl or vase to bring the season indoors. You can also scatter individual flowers around the room, using some budding vases and single flowers to create a dash of color and freshness around a room. Always remember to dispose of them or even compost them when their colors fade and they wilt away to create an environment for sustainability.

Using Artwork

A common solution to enhancing a room and you have a much greater choice when it comes down to it. You can use a variety of artwork forms; such as a collage of kids’ drawings, artwork bought from a gallery, statue or sculptures, woven rugs, or something else that suits your taste and needs. Pick pieces that showcase colors capable of contrasting the rest of the room for optimal results. And find pieces that express who your personality.

Using Bookshelves

One does not simply use bookshelves for books; they can also be used for displaying of figurines, glassware, pottery, awards, prized possessions and so much more. Rearranging the current contents of the bookcase is one great way of ensuring you have a great-looking room that doesn’t require painting to make it so. Adding new pieces that bring a pop of color can also help a new dimension to a room.

Enhancing with Rugs

Rugs and carpets are another excellent way to change the overall ambiance of a room and what it has to offer. The best way to approach it is to look for a certain color and style that fits well with the overall color combination and shapes around it. Sometimes even affixing one to the wall will be a good way to break the monotony.

Using Slipcovers

A slipcover for your couch for every season can help create a new look every few months. Slipcovers can easily make a room and the furniture it covers a new experience.  Using slipcovers can also reduce the wear and tear of your furniture and potentially reduce your upholstery cleaning. Using light colors for the spring and summer months and deeper colors for the cold days of fall and winter cam also reflect the mood you might have during the seasons.

These are just a few tips to help redecorate a room without dealing with the hassle of organizing your room for a painting adventure.

Posted by Heather Roberts on HomeZada

7 Ways to Make a Bold Palette Work in a Small Space

Add some color to your home — and your life — with these tips from Sherwin-Williams.

Nothing energizes a personal space like a pop of color — and small rooms are no exception. Best of all? Painting is an easy DIY project that can make a big impact.

We consulted the Sherwin-Williams Director of Color Marketing Jackie Jordan for a closer look at the trends (and expert tips) for heading in a bold new direction.

1. Get to know bold

Bold colors range from dark to bright, adding drama — and depth — to a space. Think jewel tones or bright, summery shades. Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to making a room feel “bigger,” color is not the enemy … yet picking the right one is key.

2. Pick your palette

First and foremost, skip the trends and start with hues that resonate with you, first and foremost. Not sure where to start? According to Jordan, Sherwin-Williams’ Indigo Batik SW 7062, Naval SW 6244, and Coral Reef SW 6606 are popular options, according to Jordan.

Inspiration can come from anywhere — including the fashion world. If you see a look you love on the red carpet, Jordan adds, take a few Color to Go® paint samples for a test-drive at home. You might love it there too.

3. Go natural

Draw inspiration from Mother Nature for amazing, bold colors that work well with neutral walls and natural materials like wood, linen, wool, and leather.

“Think of how a flower looks on a tree or bright blue sky pops against a sandy beach,” advises Jordan, who suggests pairing bold hues with neutral bases. “Try a bright yellow green [see Sherwin-Williams’ Sassy Green SW 6416] or a brilliant blue [consider Aleutian SW 6241].”

4. Look past the living room

According to Jordan, powder rooms and dining rooms are perfect for bolder palettes, from red and green tones leading into the kitchen — which have been scientifically proven to rev up or calm snack habits — to sunny yellows and bright blues that can elevate your bathrooms from a purely functional space to a spa-like escape.

Curious about what your room might look like in a fresh new hue? Snap a photo on your smartphone and then use this brilliant app to virtually paint your walls, or upload an existing photo here to preview the job on your desktop or iPad before you even start.

5. Keep the accent on the accent wall

“An accent wall should be the feature wall or the wall with the most interest in the room,” says Jordan.

Have a hearth or a gallery wall situation going on? Don’t split the difference — or the focus — by applying paint on yet another wall in the room. Double your efforts and execute attention-grabbing projects in the same spot as your bold hue.

6. Finish strong

Contrast is key to playing up a bold palette. For example, pairing orange ceramics against deep-blue walls, or trimming shelves or picture frames in white or metallic are great-looking ways to make bold backdrop colors pop.

7. Remember, it’s not all about paint

Renters and noncommittal types can — and should — still get in on this bold trend. A few simple mini-makeover swaps will keep you in love with your space from season to season (or design whim to design whim).

“Stick with a neutral wall color [try Accessible Beige SW 7036, Nomadic Desert SW 6107, or Amazing Gray SW 7044], then change out your pillows and a few key accessories to shift in warm, cozy fall colors, summer brights, or seasonal finds,” says Jordan.

Posted by Tiffany J. Davis on Trulia

This post was sponsored by Sherwin-Williams.


5 Ways to Warm Up a White Living Room

Nothing’s better than crisp, clean white walls, especially if you can add comfort and character with color and texture.

I’m lucky enough to have a summer place on Cape Cod. While the structure itself is fairly traditional, inside there’s an open plan with all-white walls, light oak floors, and plenty of sun. It’s sparsely furnished, by choice, with clean lines and white upholstery, and pretty much no art on the walls. And I like it like that.

The tufted teal ottoman is equally feminine, and potted plants bring the lush landscape in, making this room warm and inviting. Photo by Tessa Neustadt for Homepolish

The tufted teal ottoman is equally feminine, and potted plants bring the lush landscape in, making this room warm and inviting. Photo by Tessa Neustadt for Homepolish

Admittedly, in photos it looks slightly unfinished, almost stark, but it’s a getaway, not just from city life, but from the material possessions that clutter my life. As much as I’d like to live similarly at home in Boston, it’s just not realistic, especially with a family.

Aside from strict modernists, most people can’t live such a spare existence daily, or even want to. But still, that’s no reason to eschew all-white (or at least mostly white) interiors. Nothing’s better than crisp, clean white walls, especially if you can add comfort and character with — restrained! — color and texture.

Here are five ways to warm up white living rooms.

Natural elements can bring warmth and texture to a space. Photo by William Waldron

Contemporary natural

The Southampton, NY, home of interior designer Kelly Behun is a sleek, modern marvel by architecture firm Sawyer | Berson, but the interior, which Behun designed solo, reflects that casual air of its beach locale. With all that openness and sunlight, the room could quickly seem stark, but the wood-framed floor-to-ceiling windows, wood dining table, and living room chairs add a pared-down taste of nature. The subdued yet traditional rug, whimsical sofa, and chunky macramé plant hangers infuse additional warmth, textural interest, and an air of casualness, while still maintaining a contemporary vibe.

You can black in an all-white room to soften the overall look. Photo by Maxwell Tielman for Design Sponge (left) Photo by Christine Francis for Yatzer (right)

Anchor with black

Pairing white and black can often be a recipe for hard-edged minimalism, but these all-white rooms use black to help ground rather than provide jarring contrast. In the Catskills getaway on the left, which is painted in Pratt & Lambert “Silver Lining,” the black-painted brick fireplace holds one’s attention as the room’s focal point, while the ebony wood credenza provides a clear border on the right. The brass sputnik chandelier, salvaged raw wood floors, and whitewashed beams above add patina.

An overdyed black rug grounds and softens the minimalist living room on the right, in a Victorian home in Melbourne, Australia, designed by Georgina Jeffries and Pip McCully of Wonder Design.

Use beautiful accents to bring a bit of glam. Photo by Tessa Neustadt for Homepolish

Glam accents

Designer Orlando Soria, the West Coast creative director of interior design service Homepolish, put together this casual glam living room in Palm Springs belonging to best-selling author Kelly Oxford. Surrounded on every side in white, with frameless floor-to-ceiling windows with plain white curtains and glossy white wide-plank floorboards, not to mention modern white sofas, the space could easily read as sterile. The neutral rug (love that he resists the same-old, same-old sisal) adds a homey touch and honey glow, while the triple-tier brass side tables announce a glam girl lives here. The tufted teal ottoman is equally feminine, and potted plants bring the lush landscape in.

Pastels in an all-white room can help create an inviting environment. Stoffer Photography for The Everygirl (left) Photo by Anne de Leeuw for VT Wonen (right)

Pretty in pink

Danielle Moss, founder of popular lifestyle site The Everygirl, committed to using color in her new Lincoln Park, Chicago, apartment, seen on the left. The walls, painted Conforth White by Farrow & Ball, are actually the palest whisper of gray. Gold sconces and accessories add shine. The piece de resistance is a painting by fellow designer/blogger Jen Ramos.

In the living room on the right, styled by Marianne Luning, pink tones (and undertones) in mottled finishes match the almost unfinished character of the concrete walls. The soft lines of the sofa and plush fabrics, from the rug to the velvet pillow to the shaggy sheepskin ottoman, complete the inviting effect.

Mix vintage and modern design elements for a cozy feel. Photo by Paulina Prcklin for The Style-Files (left) Photo by Pernille Kaalund for Femina (right)

Rustic chic

Danielle de Lange of interior design blog The Style Files swathed her 100-year-old farmhouse in neutral colors and natural textures, creating an earthy feel she describes as rustic chic. Combining vintage finds and modern pieces, including antlers and a table that still resembles a tree, aboriginal artwork, and wooden stools, the room is both primarily white and absolutely cozy.

On the right, Danish fashion designer David Anderson uses vintage finds, like a movie lamp spotted in Copenhagen, to lend an industrial feel to his otherwise modernist white house. Safari chairs draped in animal skins add to the rawness.

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Introducing the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year

The year of Radiant Orchid is winding down, and the Pantone Color Institute has just announced its 2015 Color of the Year: the wine tone Marsala.

Introducing the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year

“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, in a press release. “This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

Marsala provides a unifying element for interior spaces, the press release notes.

“Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture.”

Marsala is also a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room, such as tabletop accents, small appliances and linens.

“The hue will be especially prominent in striping and floral patterns found in printed placemats, dinnerware, bedding and throws,” Pantone states.

This post was originally published Cicely Wedgeworth on realtor.com

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