Bright, bold colors can revamp a room

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Bold color is the most cost-effective way to make a big impact in a space. The use of bright, bold color is an art in itself.  DecorDemon.com’s Brian Patrick Flynn lends some advice for using these hues successfully.

 

 

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Take it Outside!

Too shy to go bold inside? I always suggests first testing bold colors on outdoor spaces. This outdoor family room was given new life with orange draperies and a portion of the deck that was painted orange to resemble an area rug. Plastic tiki stools also offer a striking pop of color throughout the space. If you find you are not comfortable bringing bright colors indoors, get your daily color fix outside with your morning cup of coffee!

Experiment with accent pieces

I use bold color in nearly every space I create. For a client who is hesitant to use red on walls or full furniture pieces, for example, I spray-painted flea market farmhouse pendants fire-engine red and updated Danish modern chairs with red vinyl cushions. I also suggested keeping the walls in muted tones to allow accent colors to stand out. The intensity of the red is a great contrast to the toned-down blue-grey on the walls. This pairing of muted and bold creates the perfect balance.

Go Grey!

Neutral colors no longer mean beige or cream; many shades of grey work beautifully as neutrals. My favorite grey tone is charcoal—which, just like brown and black, works well with virtually every color. In this bedroom, I stuck with shades of dark grey, then used a red-orange side table and rich, velvet throw pillow to create color that pops. If the clients who sleep here get tired of the red-orange, they can simply change out the pillow or paint the side table a different color. No major redecorating necessary!

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