Bringing Color Home

Wherever there is a color choice – walls, fabrics, accessories, or art – there is a design opportunity.

Colors even affect your mood and health. Did you know that red increases your heart rate, while blue lowers blood pressure? And studies have shown that orange stimulates your appetite! (Perhaps we should swap out our orange dinnerware to help with those New Years Resolutions…)

Color trends in interior design always begin on the fashion runway. And with the rising popularity of the “Pantone Color of the Year,” color trends seem to come and go more quickly than ever. So how can you be confident about injecting color into your home without becoming tired of it?

Here are our top 10 tricks for bringing color into your home:

1. Fresh Flowers and Greenery

Topiaries on Tabletop Nandina Aiken Interior design

Flowers and plants are the simplest and least expensive way to add fresh color to your home. A bowl of fruit is a wonderful option, as well.

2. Pillows and Accessories

 Brookwood Highrise by Latham Gordon

Pillows, lamps, vases, and decorative objects for your home are the equivalent of makeup or jewelry for your outfit. In this Atlanta high-rise designed by our Atlanta interior designer Lathem Gordon, the accessories in various shades of blue tie the room together and add dimension to the elegant space.

3. High Impact Area Rug

John Ishmael Inman Park Design Bungalow

One of our favorite ways to inject color into a room is through a beautiful rug. Opting for a bold color helps to visually define the space (especially in an open layout), like in this Inman Park bungalow designed by our lead Atlanta designer and co-owner John Ishmael.

4. Paint an Accent Wall 

Sue Shannon orange accent wall

If you want to paint your walls but don’t want to be totally surrounded by one color, consider painting an accent wall (or even a ceiling!) to highlight an important area of the room. Lead Aiken interior designer and co-owner Sue Shannon’s design in this bedroom uses an orange accent wall to warm the space, complete with coordinating bedding.

6. Neutral Investment Pieces 

Kay Douglass interior design House Beautiful

For more expensive furniture items that you plan to keep in your home for a while, we recommend investing in classic, neutral hues. By keeping a neutral palette for large furniture pieces, you can create a dramatic color statement with your pillows, accessories, or window treatments.

5. Bold Furniture

Orange Accent Woodside Showhouse

An exception to our tip above would be using a colorful piece of accent furniture. While the large sectional in this recent model home we designed is grey, the orange chair instantly livens up the space. The patterned bench and orange vases complete the look.

7. Art as the Focal Point

Art focal point Susan Victor design

Colorful pieces of art are a fabulous way to elevate the look of a room. Lead Aiken interior designer and co-owner Susan Victor’s design for this living room with neutral furniture allows the stunning artwork to get the attention it deserves.

9. Textured Neutrals

Textured neutrals interior desin

White, cream, black and beige are colors too! If you opt for a neutral palette, use a variety of textures and patterns to keep the space from feeling flat. Durable sisal rugs, rattan chairs, and natural wood finishes are great examples of this.

8. Color on an Unexpected Surface

White kitchen green backsplash

The cheery green tile in this stark white kitchen makes the space feel fresh and welcoming. A surprising color choice on one element of a room’s design brings great personality to your space.

10. Saturated Color

Susan Victor Teen bedroom design

For you brave souls who love to be surrounded by bright colors, a la Lily Pulitzer,  don’t hesitate! Using a set color scheme, like in this teen’s bedroom designed by Susan, maintains a cohesive and polished look.

Does your home need a color refresh? Stop by Nandina to pick up some beautiful accessories and chat with our designers about your home.


  1. Posted by Donna Lovelace

    Sue and Susan,

    Your presentation was so wonderful because the two of are so very nice. Your presentation (unlike some designers) did not contain the “you must, or you should no” do it our way or any way, but what might be best for your tastes and the rooms. Loved that you explained a bold color goof and then how you made the clients happy with the makeover. Can’t wait to visit you in person.

    Thanks again,
    Donna Lovelace

    Posted January 31, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • Posted by Susan Victor

      Hi Donna,
      Thank you so much! We really enjoyed speaking with you all, and we’re glad you enjoyed it as well. Come visit us soon!
      Sue & Susan

      Posted February 1, 2014 at 9:34 pm | Reply

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