These marvelous summer days have me feeling inspired. Inspired to take a leap of faith, push my style and incorporate BOLD colour in home decor. Here are a few ideas on where to do it, and some tips on how to do it well.
One wild and colourful wall is still a great tool to keep in mind when adding character to a room. Try using a bold colour once, and let it be the only version of that colour in the space for serious impact. With a more dark and dramatic hue, choose the other major furnishings in the space to complement, not contrast. The result will be powerful.
Kitchen cabinets are an ideal place for bold colour — it is so unexpected. And as a bonus it’s a great way to hide not-so-modern cabinets if you aren’t ready for a complete upgrade. It makes a huge difference and is a very economical option. Try Benjamin Moore: Lucerne.
One of my favorite ways to add colour besides painting a wall, is painting a piece of furniture. Do it in a jarringly bold colour that is nowhere else in the room so it really stands out — you could even make it glossy. Make sure the rest of the colours in the space support the statement you are trying to make, and not competing with it.
Ditch the typical white and add a bold colour to a door for an instant wow-factor. You can take it a step further and paint the door and edges in contrasting colours. Keep in mind you don’t have to paint both sides of the door; for example one room might be in desperate need of a pop of colour, while the hallway requires cohesiveness. Also, not only do bright interior doors make a big design statement, but so do exterior. Give insight to your personal style from the first moment people catch sight of your home, and carry it through the rest of the house for a cohesive and flawless design. Try Benjamin Moore: Peony.
A splash of one color on a wall in the shape of a symbol can be even more powerful than a whole wall painted one hue. Hanging a piece of art on a colour block of paint will not only intensify the artwork, but can also make it appear larger — for less dough.
Take a room that perhaps you see from afar, and coat the whole room in a bold, rich color. It is a lot easier to make the commitment to painting the entire room when it is one you don’t spend a whole lot of time in there, and are therefore less likely to grow tired of it. An office, games or craft room is the perfect opportunity. It is especially easy in a room that has a lot of white either in architectural trim, doors, appliances or cabinets because it is a much smaller, less-intense sized area — and all that white creates an exciting contrast.
Whatever colour you choose, I promise you won’t regret going bold. It creates instant personality, drama, and unexpected pizzazz. And the best part about paint is when you’re ready for another change, simply paint again.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 2, 2014