Decorating with Color

Color is back! Discover how to use bright hues to transform any room—and have a little fun while you're at it.

Decorating with Yellow

Photographer: Laura Resen

How to Use Yellow

1. Add cheerful accents.

Hits of bright yellow are like seratonin supplements for a room—a little goes a long way. A few fun accents, such as leather dining chair upholstery, large-scale graphic artwork, and stems in a similar shade, are all it takes to cast a happy mood throughout your space.

Decorating with Yellow

Photographer: Laura Resen

How to Use Yellow

2. Open up a small space.

To make a cramped room feel larger, douse walls in a vivid yellow. For a whimsical, big-top effect, paint wide stripes that continue onto the ceiling. First, mark off stripes onto white walls with painters' tape. Then just paint between the lines, remove the tape, and voilà!

Decorating with Yellow

Photographer: Kris Tamburello

How to Use Yellow

3. Serve lemon with lime.

Pair yellow with citrusy greens that take the edge off the brighter shade without stealing its thunder. "Colors in the same family have a complimentary, rather than competitive, effect," says designer Amy Lau.

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How to Use Yellow

4. Give appliances a refreshing pop of color.

Smaller, but frequently used appliances are a great way to introduce color into your kitchen. Give your morning routine a colorful jolt with a sunny yellow espresso maker.

Buy it: Delonghi kMix 15 Bars Pump Espresso Maker, $302.68; wayfair.com.

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How to Use Yellow

5. Mix unconventional color and design.

Who says the flowers have to be the center of attention? This bright and geometric vase will house your plants in ultimate style.

Buy it: IMAX Chantal Ceramic Vase, $49.99; wayfair.com.

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How to Use Yellow

6. Get quirky with vintage looks in funky colors

Get all the perks of modern technology with cool, nostalgic aesthetic in this yellow and white AM/FM table radio.

Buy it: Tivoli Audio LLC Model One Radio, $179.99; wayfair.com.

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Yellows We Love

"Lemon-lime yellow is the best color for making a stale space fresh again."
–Designer Amy Lau

From top:

Mango Gold, Ralph Lauren VM242

Pure Joy, Benjamin Moore 327

Lemon Freeze, Benjamin Moore 2025-50

Decorating with Green

Photographer: J. Savage Gibson

How to Use Green

1. Pair it with other earth tones.

Combine palm green with sandy taupes and rich browns for a fresh-feeling palette that brings the outside in. Natural textures, such as bamboo shades and grasscloth wallpaper, complement the earthy scheme. Dark wood elements complete the organic look.

Decorating with Green

Photographer: Eric Piasecki

How to Use Green

2. Play up its preppiness.

In grassy greens, classic prints such as plaids, stripes, or the gingham wallpaper on this kitchen ceiling add pep to any room. You can get the same look for less with paint.

Decorating with Green

Photographer: William Waldron

How to Use Green

3. Make it glossy.

For a bold but not too bright look, paint your walls dark green in a lacquered finish. Adding a high-gloss sheen to this subdued hue makes a room feel rich and sophisticated, not garish.

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How to Use Green

4. Accessorize your couch.

Use colorful throw pillows throughout your house so you can easily mix and match. This indoor-outdoor safe accent pillow brings the vibrant colors and patterns of nature into your home.

Buy it: Jiti Pillows Coral Polyester Pillow, $78.99; wayfair.com.

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How to Use Green

5. Keep it simple.

One elegant item, like this light olive green vase, makes for a beautiful and understated centerpiece.

Buy it: Ren-Wil Smith II Vase, $45.99; wayfair.com.

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How to Use Green

6. Make it neutral.

Green can still be neutral in a really beautiful way. The Jerry Ottoman's classic birchwood legs and olive linen/cotton blend are sure to give any décor a retro feel.

Buy it: Safavieh Jerry Ottoman, $185.36; wayfair.com.

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How to Use Green

7. Use color untraditionally.

Don't let the rest of your house have all the fun. Spruce up something like your outdoor grill with an eye-catching color.

Buy it: Minden Master Grill, $459.01; wayfair.com.

Decorating with Green

Greens We Love

"Green is such a versatile color. Use it to make a room feel vivacious, luxurious, or natural." –Interior decorator Gideon Mendelson

From top:

Bright Lime, Benjamin Moore 2025-10

Little Apples, Pratt & Lambert 20-25

Cicada, Martin Senour 1092-A

 

 

Decorating with Red

Photographer: Dominique Vorillon

How to Use Red

1. Warm up a cool space.

Choose an orangey red for a smart complement to a blue-and-white room without a Fourth of July feel. Richly textured fabric—like these velvet chairs and leather ottoman—up the cozy factor even more.

Decorating with Red

Photographer: Prue Roscoe

How to Use Red

2. Energize a lackluster room.

Want to spice up a dull kitchen? Paint your cabinets a vivacious hot pink that will resuscitate a tired space without the headache, time, or expense of an all-out renovation. Go ahead and get bold: The brighter shade you choose, the fewer additional upgrades you'll need to make.

Decorating with Red

Photographer: Julia Lynn Photography

How to Use Red

3. Give pink a grown-up look.

Make a soft pink room feel more refined by mixing in a few red accents. Thanks to bright coral fabric and a bold magenta rug, this ballet pink girl's bedroom is elegant enough to grow up as she does. The geometric pattern and squared-off furnishings make it strong enough to stand the test of time.

Decorating with Red

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How to Use Red

4. Use color boldly on a larger piece of furniture.

Introduce color in a big way by applying it to couches or chairs. This way, the rest of the room can keep quiet.

Buy it: Hekman Lena Microfiber Sofa, $1,250; wayfair.com.

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How to Use Red

6. Let it shine.

Give your room a subtle, colorful glow. This adjustable five light chandelier exudes soft, warm light in a sleek design.

Buy it: ET2 Passion 5 Light Chandelier, $578; wayfair.com.

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How to Use Red

6. Add a bright decorative piece to any room

Give a room a small, yet impactful pop of color with a statement piece like this gorgeous coral statue.

Buy it: Sterling Industries Fire Island Coral Statue, $46; wayfair.com

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How to Use Red

7. Cozy up in style

Infuse color into a room with a bright blanket, like this Alpaca Stripe Throw that was woven using the finest luxury fiber in the Peruvian Andes.

Buy it: Koko Company Alpaca Baby Alpaca Stripe Throw, $280; wayfair.com.

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Reds We Love

"Red is the alpha dog of colors. Even a small dose makes a big statement."
–Interior designer Angie Hranowsky

From top:

Lusty Red, Sherwin-Williams 6863

Blushing Red, Benjamin Moore 2079-20

Chinese Orange, Pratt & Lambert 4-10

 

Decorating with Blue

Photographer: Erica George Dines

How to Use Blue

1. Take a one-shade-fits-all approach.

Cover nearly everything, from upholstery to walls to accessories, in various tones of the same watery aqua for a super soothing vibe. Add dimension to a monochromatic scheme with texture.

Decorating with Blue

Photographer: Kris Tamburello

How to Use Blue

2. Mix different blues in one room.

Make typically tranquil blues feel more lively by combining a range of light to dark hues in the same space. This layered approach works for color-blocked upholstered headboard or a patterend rug. Another idea: Paint tone-on-tone stripes.

Decorating with Blue

Photographer: Tria Giovan

How to Use Blue

3. Splash it all over for a beachy vibe.

To give your kitchen a water view regardless of where you live, pop this sea shade in unexpected places, like the backs of glass-front cabinets or even the floors. Choose a countertop material like the turquoise glazed lavastone, which comes in custom colors. For an island that really shines, opt for powder-coated steel or lacquered cabinets.

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How to Use Blue

4. Transform nature into art.

You've got a ready-made statement piece when you repurpose elements from the sea into artful decoration. This large natural coral sea fan is finished in silver lacquer, floated on a moody blue linen and finished in an antiqued silver frame

Buy it: Mirror Image Home Large Sea Fan Art, $429; wayfair.com.

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How to Use Blue

5. Use color to mix contemporary and classic elements.

Surprise your eye by mixing classic pieces with contemporary colors. This charming model is perfect for any bookshelf or desk with the juxtaposition of classic design and cool blue colors and finishes.

Buy it: Authentic Models Biscay Fishing Boat, $69; wayfair.com.

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How to Use Blue

6. Create a mood with subtle accents.

Use a colored container for candles, like these sea glass hurricanes, for a gorgeous glow you can scatter throughout a room.

Buy it: Jamie Young Company Sea Glass Hurricanes (Set of 3), $184; wayfair.com.

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Blues We Love

"Turquoise has such a good energy. It brings a sense of optimisim to any room." –Interior decorator Anthony Baratta

From top:

Turquoise Bay, Ace Paint A37-4

Summer Splash, Valspar 5002-9C

Capri, Sherwin-Williams 6788

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