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Michael Wurm, Jr.

From My Home to Yours: Livable Color

I love color. When it comes to making styling choices, I have always been drawn to bright, bold, and energetic colors. It just so happens that the April issue of BHG is all about color. I could hardly wait to get my hands on the issue and soak up all of the inspiration. Needless to say, it didn’t disappoint. I know that I’m ready to make a few color swaps in my own space.

One thing I’ve learned over the years is the difference between the bright, bold colors that attract me and color that I can actually live with. Because I work from home and spend a lot of time in my space, I tend to get bored easily with some of my bolder color choices. And since I can’t completely redecorate a room every year, I’ve learned a few tricks. First, I stick with a more neutral color palette for my walls. This allows me to readily swap out accessories, throw pillows, lamps, etc. anytime a space is feeling ho-hum or I want to change something up for the season. Second, when I’m investing in larger pieces like a dining room table or a sofa, I again try to go with a more neutral palette: grays, tans, whites, or wood tones.

Now, I know this may sound boring or the opposite of colorful, but if you take a look at a few of the rooms in my own home, you’ll see that my spaces are bursting with bold, yet beautifully livable color. Whether it’s a green cabinet, a teal lamp, or yellow pillows, these colors come to life against a neutral backdrop. I’m able to use the colors that I love without having them take over the whole room, causing me to quickly tire of them.

And although each room or space has its own unique palette, my style is pretty consistant throughout my home, This allows me to move pieces around when a certain area starts to feel stale or tired. To me, that is truly the definition of livable color. Anytime I’m out shopping for a new bold piece I try to think of two or three locations where it could work in my home. If it doesn’t look quite right in the place where I first envisioned using it, I have other options. As long as I love the piece and its color, I’m bound to find a spot for it in my house.

I thought it would be fun to pull together some neutral pieces and some colorful accessories to show you how you might quickly change up the color palette in your own home.

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This is just an example to get you started and inspired. Since, color is such a personal thing, you ultimately need to decide which colors will make you the happiest in your home.

What new, yet livable colors are you loving for 2014?

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm