Color: How to Go for the Bold!
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Using a neutral color palette that highlights texture is very popular in contemporary design right now, and it's a great way to go. However, after living in an ecru environment for awhile, you may find yourself craving a serious dose of bold color in your home. Here are some eye-popping examples of how to embrace the color wheel.
I haven't seen red and purple look this good since Jane Fonda worked out in legwarmers in the Eighties.
Here the designer is so confident in the combo that she amped up the violet with gloss and the red with plaid.
While some prefer a serene bedroom environment, others prefer an electric combination, like mustard and cardinal.
You can make a bold move with just one color, like this designer has with kelly green.
Feel free to pair two complementary colors like orange and blue with bold stripes.
This chandelier brings the light and the color!
Bright and bold colors are great for a kid's room, especially when bold graphics are involved.
Here the designer has used complementary colors - chartreuse and purple, and the result is very sophisticated.
Yellow is one of my favorite colors to use when brightening things up. It makes a huge impact when combined with black and white or shades of gray.
Here the bold color is brought in via the artwork and the accent color of red in the niches.
Here's another space that has brought in the bold color via accessories. This is a great way to go if you aren't really ready to commit.
If you're looking for an inexpensive way to add colorful modern art to your home, stretch classic Marimekko fabric over a canvas. This pattern is called "Kivet" and was designed by the Marimekko master, Maija Isola.
What's so great about this space is that you can use any palette. If these people ever tire of the bold color, they can reupholster their furniture and switch out the dining chairs.
Even though most of the pieces in this room are white or a light shade of tan, the overall effect makes one say "HOLY COLOR!" Just a few bold pops accomplish this effect.
If you want the world to know you love color, announce it with your house numbers...
...or put a yellow exclamation point on the exterior of your home!
Another exterior idea: An array of outdoor throw pillows in primary colors.
Fuchsia paint is certainly a commitment, but if you tire of it or decide to turn your daughter's room into your meditation room when she leaves the nest, it's nothing a can of Kilz can't transform.
This person has truly committed to bold color. Tile is perhaps the toughest thing to switch out. Kudos to them for embracing bright color.
Ideabook updated on Nov. 17, 2010.
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