Often a client will tell me, that as much as they love a bold color, they are unsure on how to make it work. Or that they have used one in the past and it feels too overwhelming in their room.
I get it.
The only reason that designers may know how to work with boldness and make it work, or anything else, is that we’ve experimented enough in our own homes and have dealt with the disasters (and rewards of an awesome design discovery) first hand. Sometimes, those “disasters” are actually the best part. They wind up teaching us new ways to look at our space.
If I haven’t tried and failed, or succeeded with something in my own home test lab, I would never bring it into the conversation with a client.
Bold color can an have energize effect on your existing furniture and your mood.
You don’t have to use it everywhere, but the key is to bring it in enough in a room so that it doesn’t feel like an after thought, or an unsure decision.
Here are 3 simple ways to make whatever color you’re thinking of incorporating in your home work for you:
1) Start with a neutral foundation. Keep your larger pieces classic and in a more universal color choice so that as you evolve your style with accessories and smaller items, your room can still feel harmonious.
Wall colors, flooring and hardware finishes can also be in a more neutral palette. It makes for easier color layering down the road.
2) Repeat your accent color choice throughout the room. This allows your bold choice to feel like it belongs in the room, instead of looking out of place and random.
3) Use more than one hue of the color you’ve chosen as your bold accent.
Sometimes we pick a color and we get a certain view of that hue stuck in our head.
Check out the paint chip area of your hardware store. When you see the color you want to use as an accent, notice all the other similar colors that are up and down the color scale next to it. There are at least 3-5 choices around your favorite color that can work with it.
Use that as a guide of what is available for you to play with.
Also, it’s important to remember that there aren’t any real mistakes when it comes to doing this or anything else about putting your home together. It’s just decorating. It’s meant to be fun and make you feel good. If you don’t love something, don’t force it. The beauty if experimenting is that when you stumble across something that’s right for you…you’ll feel it when you see it.
Go Forth and Design Well. -angelo