Color, Design Trends

Decorating with Bold, Bright Beautiful Color

The future looks bright (really bright) for color lovers. Bold, bright hues are setting the stage for summer this year. Deep cobalt blue, vibrant pink, saturated green and sunshiny yellow are just a few of the happy hues that are showing up on walls, ceilings, furniture, tile, appliances, even the edge of your door trim! There is no surface that this bold color trend is not embracing. Vivid colors represent excitement, energy and optimism. They can instantly refresh a space and pack a serious statement-making punch, even when used in small doses. So be brave. Go for the bold. You’ll be so glad you did.

Ready to color your world? It’s never been a better time to step outside your comfort zone and embrace this dazzling design trend. Here’s how!


Start with the front door

Your entry, specifically your front door, is one of the very first things people notice about your house. Colorful front doors can give visitors a glimpse into the personalities of those who live behind them. What does your door say about you? Does it tell people you are boring or exciting? If you do choose to make a colorful statement on your front door, make sure the color complements the rest of your exterior. I’ve seen some really bad door paint choices on brick homes. Here are a couple that get it right.

Create a statement ceiling

Taking full advantage of the “fifth wall” is really hot now. Dress yours up in a shocking color, like this gorgeous teal or energetic orange, and you’ll create lots of interest overhead. (For more ways to dress up your ceiling, CLICK HERE).

Accent your walls

Choosing a vibrant hue for an accent wall is a great way to try out the bold and beautiful trend without going all in right away. I recently stumbled upon the work of Camille Javal, a multi-disciplinary artist and designer originally from Melbourne, Australia. I love how her abstract murals awaken these spaces without overpowering them. Like this look? We don’t have to bring someone in from Australia. I gotta guy.

Love the zebra and purple mix here, and what a great wall panel idea!

Make it pop

Bringing in pops of color with furniture, textiles, rugs, flowers and accessories, gives an otherwise neutral space just the right amount of zing to make the space come alive.




Design by Chango & Co.
Photo by Sarah Elliott
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Design by Sam Allen
Photo by David A. Land

Give tradition a twist

The William Hotel in NYC- Here’s how you do traditional-mod with color!

Or add a jolt to minimalism

Color isn’t just for over the top rooms. It can be the exclamation point in a minimalist room, like this simple metal table in a watermelon hue.

Elle Décor
Design by Nate Berkus


Add some pattern on the walls

The black and white chevron tile in the first photo is the perfect backdrop to make my favorite mirror of all time by designer Bunny Williams jump off the wall. And the colorful contemporary wallpaper in the second photo is an awesome partner to the bright orange powder room vanity.

Those gorgeous yellow window panels in the first photo are stunning against the blue, white and yellow geometric wallpaper, and Domino magazine has named the whimsical new Gucci wallpaper in the second photo the “It” pattern of 2019!

Design by Alice Lane Home


Or some pattern underfoot

The master bath in the first photo is masterful design. The brightly colored tile floor set in a chevron-esque pattern is definitely a striking focal point. In the second photo, dark green floor tile continues onto the vanity top and partially up the wall creating stunning contrast with the dark wood.

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Give vibrant hues a quiet foundation

In both of these kitchens, soft gray is a quiet complement for the citrusy bright yellow accents on the cabinetry and countertop.

Interior Collective
Photo by Elizabeth Arhaus


When life (or your designer) gives you lemons…

Go all out. In this kitchen, designer Rafe Churchill chose Farrow & Ball’s Babouche for these sun-drenched cabinets.

Or just use a slice. Here are three different ways just a slice of lemon yellow makes all the difference.

Make your room a reflecting pool

Rich, bold color is spectacular in shiny, shimmering finishes.

Want to go all in?

If you’re ready to go bold in a big way, here are some amazing spaces that might just inspire you to take the color plunge.

Invigorating bright pink walls, purple upholstered chairs and colorful contemporary art enliven this eclectic dining room. And what about those two stunning chandeliers? In the second photo, a beautiful blend of jewel tones makes this cozy reading spot a pretty, luxurious place to be.

Deep cobalt blue paneled walls in the first photo are a vivid backdrop for the aubergine velvet sofa, colorful patterned rug and a variety of throw pillows. In the second photo, more aubergine, this time lacquered on bookcases is a stunning color choice in this library. Loving the blue and white striped window panels, too.

Photo by Debi Treloar


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Turquoise is a nice and softer change of pace when using brighter color on the walls.



Colorful appliances? Oh yeah.

Kitchens take on a retro look with brightly colored appliances.

Still can’t commit?

If you’re still having trouble going bold, try dipping your toe in the paint can and just paint the edge of your door a bright color.

And last but not least…

This foyer is over the top “colorlicious” (is that even a word?) What do you think? Would you do it?

Big, bold, beautiful color is a trend I really love in interior design this year. What about you? Does color rock your world? Let me know in the comments below. And if we can help you develop a colorful (or not) palette for your new home or remodel, give us a call at 314. 395.1114 or CLICK HERE to contact us.

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