Color Spotlight

You want to know what makes a room very happy?  Colorful accent furniture! One of the things that struck me about the series of images below is just how cheerful these spaces are simply by introducing a bold and colorful piece of furniture.

Just about anything you already own can be painted any color you choose. If you’ve been considering painting an existing piece and introducing a fun color into the home, follow this step by step guide on how to paint furniture or these tips for using spray paint

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Brightly colored ottomans punctuate a sitting area and steal the show with their friendly color placed front and center.

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Another easy way to add a modern bold accent is with a brightly painted stools or end tables, they’re versatile pieces that work as a perch for setting down a book or glass, and often as extra seating. Play off the colors that exist in a rug or introduce a fun new shade to your space.


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When it comes to periods or styles, color never discriminates. Bright hues are right at home in many settings, from contemporary to cottage.  


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bright green hutch and end table


Neutral kitchens are another place to add a cheerful pop of color – choose brightly painted counter or bar stools to create a happy snack zone.

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I rounded up some bold and bright accent furniture for the home, many of these pieces are available in other colorful shades. 

 bold and bright accent furniture


From top left:  Honeycomb chairs; Overstock; Crocheted Apple Pouf; Crate + Barrel; Peacock Club Chair, Overstock; Pagoda Stool, World Market; Oomph side table; Zinc Door; Carlisle Stools, Target; Casbah Chair, Pier One; Slim Console, Room + Board; Chartreuse stool, Zinc Door; Bombe Chest, Kirklands; Pink Pouf, Jonathan Adler; Linon Curve Stool, Kohls; Orange Desk, CB2; Slim Cocktail Table; Room + Board


Have you decorated any space in your home with a brightly painted piece?  What color did you choose?



A child’s bedroom space is one of the most fun places to decorate in the home because children will always welcome bright colors and playful patterns. Last year I wrote an article all about color in boy’s rooms so today let’s focus on girl’s rooms, and all the ways to add color to these youthful yet feminine spaces. 

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I just finished up my own daughter’s room a few months ago in her preferred shades of aqua and lavender, adding layers of pattern and color with fabric, bedding, painted pieces, and accessories. Here’s a peek at twenty favorite feminine spaces from the archives, and five different ways to add color to a special little girl’s room in your home. 

Add Color With Paint.   Tried and true, a coat of paint on the walls is the easiest way to add a lovely shade of color to a girl’s room, choose a soft pastel or a vibrant hue to set the palette for the space.

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Spring decorating in this century avoids the sole use of saccharin sweet pastels often associated with the traditional Easter decor of decades past. Today’s modern spring palettes include fresh mixtures of classic hues and bold color. Here’s a peek at five spaces pulled from the archives to illustrate how to approach spring decorating in contemporary ways.    

Coral is a cross between pink and orange and is fetching when paired with complementary teal blue. Inject a dash of lime green for an invigorating combination sure to cheer any space.

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Refined plum balances the pastel lavender and pale celadon hues often associated with spring, together they make a chic bedroom space. 

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Yellow brings thoughts of daffodils and sunshine so it’s the perfect accent for a spring inspired room – pull in mellow gray and energetic tangerine for an invigorating place to begin your day.  

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Mocha is an earthy neutral and the perfect anchor to lighthearted blush and berry pinks. Dark wood balances the feminine hues on display in this contemporary dining space.  

  blush and berry spring palette


Shades of blue and purple are analogous on the color wheel – temper neighboring hues of vivid orchid and bright turquoise with a soft gray blue for a balanced approach.

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What color combinations are you inspired by this season? Do you have a go to hue you’re loving right now? Stop by to chat about it tonight at the Twitter Party, where the BH&G Style team is talking all about spring color palettes and decorating, details below.


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Talk soon!


Perhaps you’ve heard that the color Emerald was announced in December by Pantone as the Color of the Year for 2013 and it has taken the fashion and interior design world by storm.  Green has been lingering in the shadows for a while and this year is its turn in the limelight with vivid emerald at the forefront. 

Emerald is a rich, bold jewel tone that is beautiful as an accent nestled among neutrals and also as a complement to other jewel tones. All shades of green are reminiscent of nature and harmony, so I rounded up a few ideas for using green in your home in large and small doses.

Softer shades of green like celadon and sage are always soothing. In this coastal inspired kitchen, sea green is used on both the backsplash and kitchen island to create an inviting cottage feel.


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A deeper shade of olive brings sophistication to a kitchen finished in a glass brick pattern backsplash, playing off the foliage seen observed outside the window.


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In the bedroom, a punch of shamrock green is introduced with tailored upholstered headboards and bed skirts, while fern green duvet and shams brightens an otherwise neutral space below.


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Paint is an easy way to bring a dose of green into your home – a fresh lime green painted dresser will perk up any bedroom.  


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Consider painting mismatched chairs in a distressed apple green finish for a French farmhouse inspired dining space. 


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Mint is another color that showing signs of popularity this spring among the design community and it’s a perfect choice for vintage style chairs layered on a fun striped rug.


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For an unexpected twist on a traditional hallway, paint your gallery of frames a vivid Kelly green and finish off the staircase with a painted runner to match. 


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Chartreuse is a sunny shade with the obvious presence of yellow in the mix and looks fresh in a white bathroom paired with a colorful shower curtain to complement.


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Whether it’s tile, paint, textiles, or accessories you choose, incorporating shades of green into your home’s decor is sure to brighten and invigorate any space. 


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What is your favorite shade of green and how have you used it in your home?



The latest issue of Better Homes & Gardens is all about color!  What perfect timing, since we’re all feeling the chill of winter and longing for spring to come again.  The pages of the February issue are filled with inspiring palettes including citrus shades, ocean colors, and several other fresh combinations to inspire your own refresh at home. 

One of my favorite features was on a single page – 23 expert tips for choosing color on page 66!  Today I’m highlighting a few great quotes, together with some images from the galleries to illustrate the point.  Enjoy!

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“Colors close together on the color wheel are analogous and will make a calm room. Colors that are farther apart are complementary and add drama.” ~ David Bromstad

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“Give yourself permission to use bold color. You don’t have to love it everywhere – one throw or pillow might be just enough.”  ~ Nate Berkus

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“When you shop for paint, take along an existing pillow, a piece of drapery fabric, or a photo of your space.  You’ll make informed color decisions.”  ~ Alejandra Bernardez

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“Play with intensity.  I love monochromatic rooms that use a single hue in a variety of ways.”  ~ Sarah Richardson

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“What’s more livable than the colors found right outside your back door?  Look to earthy natural colors, blues, greens, beige, and taupe – when choosing color for your room.   ~ Sehra Han

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“When rooms open to one another, avoid choosing radically different colors, or the space will look choppy and small.”  ~ Courtney Price

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Your home is made up of more than walls – ceilings, floors, stairs, and doors, are also great places to have fun with paint.” ~ Bob and Cortney Novogratz

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Are you bringing more more color into your home this year?  Will it be paint, fabrics,  accessories, or all of the above?



One of the best things about this time of year is all the spring catalogs that start to arrive in the mailbox, and inevitably the doses of color being featured inside the pages include something in the alluring shade of aqua blue.  Color trends come and go but one hue that continues to be popular year after year is aquamarine or “aqua” as we’ve shortened it to over the years.

Aqua is a watery shade of blue, not as vivid as it’s popular sister turquoise – and perhaps a bit more calming and refreshing.  It’s guaranteed to bring cheerful color to any space and a perfect color choice for bathrooms, bedrooms, offices and kitchens.  


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As an accent, aqua pairs perfectly with so many bright colors, yellow, bright pink, lime green are all easy partners. 

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With its cool tones, decorating with aqua blue also brings a welcome contrast to spaces filled with warmer colors and wood trim or accents. 

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A shapely piece of aqua pottery is a perfect vessel for brightening any tabletop with seasonal fresh flowers.

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Here’s a roundup of a few of my favorite decorative accents in this alluring shade:

 aqua accents for the home

Thibaut Marathon Wallpaper, available through dealers; Jamaican Aqua paint, Benjamin Moore;  Aqua Glass Pendant, Shades of Light, $159; Rest Giclee, Ballard Designs, $179; Sunburst Clock, Target, $30;  Kitchen Aid Mixer in Aqua Sky, Chef’s Catalog, $349;  Stripe fabric, Spoonflower, $18/yard; Trina Turk Sunburst Pillow, Amazon, $102;  Aqua Leaves Pillow, Overstock, $75; Feather Dinnerware, Macys, $40; Cambria Platter, Pottery Barn, $32; Balloon Jug, Viva Terra, $79; Geo Blanket, Zinc Door, $150; Aqua End Chair, Wisteria, $389; Stray Dog Accent Stool, Belle & June, $425; Table Lamp, Lamps Plus, $253; Jaspar Rug, Crate + Barrel, price varies.

Don’t forget to check out BH&G Shop for even more aqua accents for the home! 



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