We love designs that involve clean lines, minimalism and soothing earthy and neutral colors, but our homes should be anything but boring. Even if you enjoy a muted aesthetic, you can still do clever things and pack a punch with your interior design by using bold accent colors in strategic places throughout your home. These colors could accentuate a particular space, make an expressive statement or start a fun conversation. Luckily, a few small, affordable changes can go a long way toward giving your home’s design a fun twist of bold color to show your personality while also maintaining a minimalist aesthetic.
Bold color should be a go-to choice if there is a particular feature in your home that you love and want to highlight. Is your crown molding particularly stunning and intricate? Draw the eye up to it with a rich purple or neon yellow. Does one of your favorite rooms have exposed brickwork or an ornate fireplace or mantlepiece? Give it a splash of dark green or bold red to accentuate it. Are your pocket doors original to your historic home? Give the edge a quick hit of orangish-red or teal. Take a stroll through your space and make mental notes of places that inspire you or give you joy. Then think about how bold color could work to complement it and give a fresh look or pop of color to your home.
Paint Windows and Doors
If you have a neutral or cool-colored wall, brighten up your window frames, door frames and entryways with pops of yellow or orange, which will reflect and emphasize natural light. If your walls are a darker tone, like a blue or green, try adding a little rusty red or a bright white. However, if painting a frame by itself doesn’t give you the effect you want, you can paint the whole door or window a different color. If your room is cream-colored with natural accents, try a dark blue or green for a door to make it really stand out. Painting in this way is also a great opportunity to make patterns and shapes that convey an artistic message in a bold color.
Paint A Corner
If there’s a spot in one room that you want to separate from the rest for a special purpose, a simple way to designate the theme or use of that spot is to paint it a different color than the rest of the room. Remember to match your colors as you do this. If the rest of the room is a dark blue color like our Color of the Year, Parkwater, try making the corner into its own space with a bit of warm yellow (like our Color of the Year, Bright Idea) or fresh green.
If bold colors are the way you roll and you want to do more with them, more power to you! Go all out and make your walls look exciting and creative. There are several quick ways you can add bold color to your favorite space.
Paint A Single Wall
Accent walls are a great way to make a room feel lively with a bold color pattern without painting the whole room in that color. If the room is meant to be a peaceful neutral or cool tone, paint one wall black or navy blue. Or go the opposite direction and paint it a pale, minty green. Painting one wall will offset the rest of the room and balance it out while also drawing attention to that space, which, since it’s already eye-catching, would also be a good place to put some of your favorite decor items.
Paint A Specific Room
Small rooms like bathrooms, closets, entertainment rooms and offices are a great place to paint a color that isn’t present anywhere else in the home. In this way, you can visually set aside this space that is already set aside with walls and a door. If you have young children, paint primary colors on the walls of their playroom or nursery. If you work on creative projects in an office, paint a color that relaxes or inspires you, like our Color of the Year, Modern Blue. If the room in question doesn’t have a physical door, you can lead into it by painting the entryway the same color as the room.
If you don’t want to actually paint but still want to change the atmosphere of the room in a subtle way, try using different colors through rearranging or replacing decor, rugs or furniture. This can make for a fun restoration project or decor refresh. If you have a piece of antique furniture that you want to display or refinish, like a table or shelf, complete the project and set in in a place where it will be plainly seen. Swap out the coverings on your couches and chairs and add some boldly colored throw pillows. Or find a new favorite piece of artwork or two to hang strategically on the wall.
Pick A Specific Color Theme
There are many popular modern color and decor themes being used right now, such a monochromatic, minimalism and floral design. Painting in bold colors with these aesthetic choices is definitely possible, and it will add your own personal flair to make it unique. These themes can give you a helpful structure to build upon or change to suit your needs.
We Can Help!
If you want to make a creative statement in your home using bold color, but you’re not sure where to begin, let us know! We want to help you make the best choices for making your space fully yours. Creating themes and matching colors is one place in which we excel. It’s for this reason that we offer design consultations, now available in a virtual video conference format. Contact us today!