7 Ways to Boost Your Color Confidence

Shake up a so-so space with these bright combinations.

Bold may be best

Deborah 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.

Instant Classic

Jean Allsopp

Instant Classic

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.

Go Natural

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Go Natural

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.

Mood Lift

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Mood Lift

Punch up a room with sunny citrus shades and smashing pinks to keep spirits high even on cloudy days.

Kaleidoscope of Color

Deborah 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.

Get the Blues

Deborah 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.

Citrus Splash

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Citrus Splash

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.

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