Decorating with Bold Colors

Ready to take a leap into bold color? Follow these tips and tricks for decorating with bold colors and your rooms will look stylish, vibrant, and gorgeous.

Decorating with jewel tones packs a visual punch and makes a seriously bold statement. But the trick is to make that impact without it turning garish. So how do you do that? Make sure your colors stay sophisticated by choosing shades that aren't too bright. Paint colors with muted tones are going to feel more visually soothing. Additionally, determine your level of commitment to the colors you've chosen by containing it to a powder bath or small space. If you're not too sure you want to go all in, experiment with accessories such as pillows, bedding, and throws. A space can also be made super cheerful just by introducing a bold and colorful piece of accent furniture.

Living room overall

The navy blue walls in this living room are almost a neutral backdrop that can pair with almost any other color. Try navy with hot pink, pale blue, bright red, grass green -- the sky is the limit. This room pops with the perfect amount of contrast thanks to all the red accents. Want an easy update? It's easy to decorate with bold color without spending a lot of money. Switch out the lampshades, or try an interesting throw. Found frames at a thrift store could easily be spray painted for a low-cost update.

Desk in living room

Experiment with bold color in smaller spaces like hallways or powder baths. A vintage piece of furniture that's gotten a fresh lease on life with new paint can be a low cost solution. Just about anything you already own can be painted any color you choose for an instant refresh. When you're ready to try something new, just pull out a can of paint! Here's a step by step guide on how to paint furniture and some tips for using spray paint.  

living room

A pop of peacock in the form of an accent chair and small accessories is the perfect example of experimenting with color without having to commit to it in the form of an entire room. There are slight echoes of blue in the curtains, but again, they read as a neutral in the background.


The bold peacock walls in this living room provide the perfect backdrop for a pair of chartreuse club chairs. By painting the trim the same color as the cabinets and walls, it recedes into the background to create a cohesive, sophisticated feel. Any contrasting woodwork would have been visually jarring to this entire room due to the amount of cabinets and shelves. Gold hardware and accents are the perfect accessories to take this from playful to downright chic.

Navy living room

There is so much to love about this delightful Palm Beach-inspired dining space. The rug provides the perfect color inspiration for the entire room. High contrast white woodwork and accent furniture pop against the warm sapphire blue walls. Metallic hardware and lighting lends high sophistication and vintage glamour -- it's like the perfect vintage costume jewelry for the room.

blue yellow and grey living room

Brightly colored ottomans punctuate a sitting area and steal the show with their friendly color placed front and center. Another easy way to add a modern bold accent is with brightly painted stools or end tables. They're versatile pieces that work as a perch for setting down a book or glass and as extra seating. Play off the colors that exist in a rug or introduce a fun new shade to your space.

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

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.

About Rachel

Designer and blogger Rachel Shingleton has never met a color she didn't love. A self-proclaimed color enthusiast, she's on a personal mission to banish the beige and help people understand how to make a serious style statement. Visit her blog, Pencil Shavings Studio.


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