Ask any designer what frightens clients most, and the answer is usually one word: color. Thankfully, Amanda Nisbet, of New
York–based Amanda Nisbet Design, has no fear. “People get scared of bold hues because they think they’re unsettling, but using
lots of color can create a cozy, joyous atmosphere, especially in a family-oriented home,” she says.
This feel-good approach is exactly what Amanda went for in a beach house on Long Island, where her clients, an energetic family of six, spend weekends throughout the year. They asked for “elegant but comfortable,” so she used a palette that was both full-throttle and family-friendly, from a deep green TV room to super-saturated navy and red in the living room. Read on for six ways to add bold color to your home.