Last year, I wrote a post showcasing the before and after of my home, and I received an anonymous comment asking, “Do you hate color?”.
I thought this was funny, because it depends on one’s definition of “color”. Bright colors? Dark colors? Neutral colors? To me, gray and beige are colors, and they just happen to be my favorite colors for interiors. However, this could change at any point.
I really do like the occasional use of a bright color. I recently added 2 orange Hermes “H” pillows in my gray guest bedroom. It gives the neutral room a “pop” of color.
Last year, I was bored with my gray TV room. I still loved the walls and sofa, but it was a little bland. I decided to add bold orange touches to brighten the room.
I added an orange and gray Hermes Throw, 2 pillows in Schumacher’s Betwixt, and many orange books.
I placed stacks of books in shades of orange on the console below the TV to add an extra “pop” of color.
I bought as many books with orange covers as I could find at the BD Jeffries store in Charlotte. They have an amazing collection of coffee table books. The rest I ordered from Amazon.
And what do ya know? “Tangerine Tango” is Pantone’s 2012 color of the year! According to the Pantone website, “Provocative Tangerine Tango, an enticing juicy orange, is a vivacious and appealing refresher to enliven anyone’s outlook this spring”.
It’s true. Sitting on the sofa in my orange and “tangerine tango” accessorized room makes me feel refreshed!
I recently added aqua accents to my living room by painting the back of the bookshelves, hanging aqua sconces, and placing aqua colored pillows on the linen sofa. The room is still very neutral, but the added “pop” of color makes it feel very fresh.
I went to look at my pinterest boards, and I saw that I had already “pinned” many fabulous neutral rooms with “pops” of color.
WAYS TO ADD A “POP” OF COLOR TO YOUR HOME:
Frame art in different sized colorful frames
Add a few throw pillows to your sofa.
Add contrasting bold trim to pillows.
Cover a baking sheet with fabric to make a fun (and inexpensive!) tray.
Add contrasting trim to furniture.
Add bright pillows in contrasting colors to beds.
I’ve made some design mistakes in my homes in the past using color (i.e. bright yellow walls and red sofa in my old townhome in college… liked it for about a day).
My advice would be to keep big purchases in neutral, classic colors (sofas, rugs, bedding, etc). This way, you can add different colored accessories according to your moods, the seasons, or even pantone color trends. Believe me, it’s a lot cheaper this way!
So I guess my answer to anonymous’ question is NO, I don’t hate color, but i do prefer it in moderation and usually just a “pop” of one bold color.