Shake up a so-so space with these bright combinations.
1 of 7Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Bold may be best
Go back to your coloring box for inspiration. Mixing red, green, blue, and purple may seem incredibly daring, but see how well these hues look with a cool white backdrop. Bold fabrics and paint can make a space seem busy, so keep accessories simple for a neat, uncluttered effect.
2 of 7Jean Allsopp
Bright red and yellow may remind you of a fast-food restaurant, but in subtle and spunky doses, they can be a great addition to any space. Use these eye-catching shades as accents, not focal points, to ensure visually pleasing results.
3 of 7Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Want to get away? Let the colors of a radiant coastal sunset (think golds, reds, and purples) inspire your color palette—you’ll feel like you’re on vacation year-round. Natural textures such as sisal, jute, and sea grass will complement, not compete with, radiant hues and help bring the outside look indoors.
4 of 7Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Punch up a room with sunny citrus shades and smashing pinks to keep spirits high even on cloudy days.
5 of 7Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Kaleidoscope of Color
Give a nod to the tropics by mixing screaming-to-be-seen shades such as bright purple with dazzling turquoise and pink. A mega-dose of these fresh colors is sure to energize a room—and its inhabitants. The trick to making this look work is to use colors of equal intensity. Using one color in varying shades throughout the room (purple tones here) will unify the space.
6 of 7Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Get the Blues
Combine shades of sea glass with gold to give beachfront interiors a fun but sophisticated flair. The ocean-inspired palette of cool blues and greens will achieve a soothing yet refreshing effect, while bold additions like metallic accents and geometric print fabrics will lend the look a modern edge.
7 of 7Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Fill a room with lime greens and sunny yellows. Vivid hues pop when placed against a white wall. Graphic art (like this fruit-theme design in complementary citrus colors) completes the look.