Creative Ways with Color and Pattern

Sure, painting your room a vibrant red or a cool blue will add color pizzazz. But color can be incorporated without painting. These beautiful rooms pop with color in all the right places.

By Kaelin Zawilinski


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Pattern Perfect

    This cozy kitchen banquette mixes traditional elements, such as the antique wood table, with quirky design like the vivid pink diner chairs.

    Why It Works
    -- Saturating a corner with bold color is a great way to make a statement without taking over a room.
    -- The eye-catching Roman shade holds together the color scheme. Pillows in the same print dress up the simple banquette.
    -- The warm oak table is traditional but the exaggerated legs are almost whimsical.

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Art with Color

    In a room with dark walls, simple artwork creates a vivid focal point.

    Why It Works
    -- Art is an easy way to add small doses of color. Simple prints such as these can be presented in a small grouping.
    -- For additional color choose accessories such as pillows and live flowers.

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Patterns and Color, Oh My!

    Color comes in all forms in this bedroom. From a graphic wallpaper and rug to chic wool linens, this room's citrus vibe is playful yet chic.

    Why It Works
    -- Because the wall and rug have such a bold pattern, solid accessories calm things down.
    -- The wallpaper is very bold and dramatic and the rug's pattern is secondary to it.
    -- To make the bold color more livable, a white headboard, bed skirt, and lampshade give the eyes a rest.

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A Touch of Color

    With its foundation of blue-gray and white, the potentially cold room is warmed by pops of orange.

    Why It Works
    -- Saturated hues such as orange are perfect accent colors.
    -- Complementary colors like orange and blue create a dramatic look with a traditional vibe.
    -- Accent color is scattered throughout a room with small accessories.

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Mix and Match

    Wallpaper with an oversize tapestry pattern contributes to the warm hues of this living room.

    Why It Works
    -- From the wallpaper to the drapes, all the hues are similar, which gives the room a more formal look.
    -- Choosing wallpaper with a large pattern is a simple way to add color without many accessories.

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Vibrant Hues

    The red, orange, and blue in this fresh green rug draw together all the tones in this traditional and elegant dining room.

    Why It Works
    -- The rug becomes the foundation of the room, allowing the other colored elements to be featured beautifully.
    -- To add unexpected color to the room, red wicker and blue slipcovered chairs are pulled up to the table.

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Color Speaks Volumes

    In this all-white room, vibrant orange and pink accents create a fashionable living space.

    Why It Works
    -- Bold complementary colors against white walls and furniture grab attention.
    -- A wrapped canvas in a bold pink pattern makes for easy artwork in the simple room.
    -- The room's perfect symmetry is calming and chic.

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Small Doses of Color

    Pops of lime green paired with the chocolate brown walls and accessories give this bedroom a modern vibe.

    Why It Works
    -- The small punches of lime in the bed skirt, window treatment, and pillows give this room a sophisticated look. Just a few dashes of color can make a big statement.
    -- To tie in the chocolate walls, a simple trim was added to the white duvet.

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Pretty Pastels

    Soft blue hues are the foundation of this peaceful bedroom but interesting textures like the woven blinds and quilted comforter create sophisticated style.

    Why It Works
    -- The woven blinds spanning the windows add a natural warmth to the bedroom.
    -- The bedding is simple, but the quilted comforter looks refined. Simple stripe pillows with rows of buttons add a playful punch to the room.
    -- The orange throw and vase of tulips add color in the soft, neutral space.

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Citrus Vibes

    Twists of citrus yellow and pops of rich kelly green add personality to this sassy yet sophisticated living room.

    Why It Works
    -- Crisp white walls and a white sofa create a neutral base for bold colors.
    -- The symmetrical design adds a little formality to this bold living room.
    -- The large artwork holds together the bold color scheme by pulling in all colors featured in the room.

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Colors in All Forms

    The white walls fade away as the colorful furniture in a variety of fabrics takes center stage in this living room.

    Why It Works
    -- Even though each piece of furniture in this space is a different color, it is tied together with the simple artwork hung over the fireplace depicting all the shades.
    -- The oversize leaf pattern on the chair is a fun way to incorporate a color without choosing a solid.
    -- The leather ottoman and wicker side chair add interesting textural contrast.

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Wallpaper Chic

    Beautiful wallpaper in rich tones transforms this dining room into an elegant place to entertain.

    Why It Works
    -- Modern wallpaper often explodes the scale of classic patterns.
    -- The wallpaper's elegance comes from the combination of the rich, autumnal hues.
    -- To highlight the beauty of the pattern, the rest of the furniture was kept neutral and simple.

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Marvelous Monochromatic

    Shades of green in the furniture and fabrics give this bedroom a lively look.

    Why It Works
    -- The shades of green in the monochromatic scheme are cohesive.
    -- Neutrals such as the white bedding and lamp offer a break from the sea of green.

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Mix and Match

    Don't be afraid to mix and match patterns such as this gingham chair and vibrant patterned pillow.

    Why It Works
    -- The scale of the patterns is mixed. Otherwise the look would be too busy and cluttered.
    -- The solid trims on the gingham chair and white pillow bring in colors from the patterned pillow.

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Rustic Color

    This room filled with flea market finds gets a burst of color from the chartreuse window treatments.

    Why It Works
    -- The window treatments are the center of attention as the only vibrant color in this dining room.
    -- The windows are perfectly symmetrical so the bold color doesn't throw the room out of balance.
    -- The modern large-scale print on the draperies adds a modern, casual vibe.

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A Dash of Color

    Sometimes the biggest color boost comes in small doses, as illustrated by the lively accessories and blue occasional table in this room.

    Why It Works
    -- To create an easy, breezy look, the colors are kept subtle in this fresh white room.
    -- Painted wicker offers a classic look with a fresh personality.

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Rug Works

    This vibrant rug adds a dash of color in this modern dining room.

    Why It Works
    -- Pretty patterned rugs are a great way to add color and keep the rest of the scheme neutral.
    -- This daring dining room incorporates pattern through the rug and dinnerware.

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Striped Success

    This cozy kitchen banquet gets jazzed up with simple blue and green striped cushions.

    Why It Works
    -- Because the windows are left bare in this nook, the striped cushions soften up the space.
    -- Stripes are a classic pattern that won't date over time, especially in a soothing color palette.

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Rich Browns

    This cozy living room mixes many styles with modern fabrics, a rustic coffee table, and a traditional chair with classic lines.

    Why It Works
    -- Every patterned fabric in this room has modern personality and oversize prints.
    -- In contrast, a classic gingham-upholstered chair adds a touch of tradition.
    -- Accessories in ocean blue and chocolate brown add a modern touch.

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Vintage Finds

    This white hutch in a cottage-inspired kitchen is filled with colorful antiques store treasures.

    Why It Works
    -- Vintage vases and bowls come in exquisite colors and jazz up this neutral space.
    -- Folded flea market dishtowels add color in the top of the hutch.

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