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How To Add Color To Your Home - The Key to Using Bold Colors In Your Interior Design

It's easy enough to resign yourself to using a neutral white, beige, or grey color palette for your wall colors, but some people just need a little more spice in their life! Using bold colors for your home decor, whether they be pastels, jewel tones, or dark hues can be risky business. If you do it the right way and with enough intention, bold colors can really look great and set your home apart from everyone else's! Read on for some of our top tips and tricks for incorporating bold, saturated colors into your home!

Balance Bold Color with Neutral Color

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If you're not into painting an entire room one color, try using a "60-30-10" rule. Encompassing walls, ceilings, and furniture, this rule states that 60% of your room should be in one color family (likely a neutral tone), 30% should be in another color family, and 10% should be highlights of your bold color of choice! This allows your color to pop out without being over the top. Instead of blinding you upon entering the room, your color will stand out in specified areas.

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designer-tips-on-using-bold-color-palettes-in-your-home-decor

Balancing out your bold color can be done in a variety of ways. If your walls are sporting your color, then try painting the ceiling neutral, or putting down a neutral rug underneath. Or, follow the example of the above photo and bring in bold color through smaller accessories, rather than an entire wall.

Keep a Consistent Theme Throughout Your Home

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the-importance-of-selecting-the-right-color-palette-for-your-home

If you paint one room (yes, I will be dramatic in my example) pastel pink, another room bright green, and another room dark red, then your house is not going to flow very well. It is best to pick a single color palette, or even a single style such as all pastels to paint your interiors - just  colors to maintain consistency throughout. This will make your home feel more cohesive, regardless of the color you've chosen.

You certainly do not have to paint every wall the same exact color, but colors that look good together will be fantastic! Just imagine looking through a doorway and seeing the colors of the next room as well as the room you're in. You're going to want those two colors to complement each other well, not look unplanned and erratic.

Start Small And Go Bold There

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If you're afraid of making a room too bold, then start out with a smaller room, like a guest bathroom. Try out your color ideas here before taking them into the living room or bedroom where they will be more noticeable. If you don't like the end product, it will be easy enough to paint over it. Additionally, it will be a lot easier, less expensive, and less time consuming if you start with a smaller room. And if you do like your chosen color, you can feel free to paint more rooms in your house (but don't forget to stay cohesive!).

Frame Your Bold Colors

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To keep multiple colors separate and attempting to frame and highlight your chosen color, make sure your trim stands out against it. Usually this means painting trim a crisp white. Not only will white trim bring out the color but it will also refresh your eyes as they travel to the next room. If the next room in your house has a different color, it may look odd to have those two colors "touching" in your vision, and a white divider in between can refresh your palette. As mentioned above, this process is much easier if your colors between rooms are cohesive and complement each other well!

Using bright or bold colors may seem like a challenge too daunting to take on, but you should not be scared to break out of your comfort zone and try something new! As you have seen in this blog today, being bold with colors can result in a beautiful and welcoming home. Adding a bold color somewhere could be just what  you need to rekindle your love for your home. Let us know if you use a bold color in your home, and how you've implemented it!