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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.