60+ Bright, Bold Rooms
Low Country Color
These circus-striped porch curtains were fashioned using inexpensive umbrella fabric that cost only one dollar per yard!
Saturated lime green walls create a vibrant backdrop for bold pillows and rugs in this mod-box beach house.
Instead of boring storage bins, use patterned cloth baskets to add a pop of color and whimsy to a playroom.
For a hip, Southern California vibe, try this color palette: sunny yellow, natural wood, and sea foam green.
Keep graphic wallpaper from feeling overwhelming with curvy prints on pillows, lampshades, and bedding.
Try something unexpected in the kitchen: a lemon-lime backsplash that lines the entire wall and adds a fun layer to an already eclectic space.
An attention-grabbing, bold-colored sofa adds a jolt of energy and makes it so the rest of the room requires minimal decoration.
Go ahead; be more daring with outdoor pillows than you would be with indoor ones. These bright coral, blue, and green ones pack a punch of energy and cheer.
Tip: AstroTurf covers the patio instead of grass, so the bright green will never go dull with dreary weather.
A Ban on Boring
Bold doesn’t always mean bright. Here, soft yellow walls pair with lilac accents and a light blue floor to infuse a soothing, happy feel.
Quirky accents, such as a mounted game fish and a shell chandelier with an antique finish, add personality and casualness to a beach house dining room.
The secret to this room? Vintage furniture, colorful fabrics, and island-inspired decor that recalls a 1970s tropical resort. Metallic accents add just the right amount of glam.
Add color to a neutral bedroom by reupholstering a headboard in a retro island print.
Short on wallspace in the kitchen? Let the cabinets do the color duty, and douse them in a luscious, energetic green.
Get playful in a playroom with artfully painted multicolored stripes that instantly invigorate the space.
When incorporating a sofa with bold pattern, be sure to anchor the space with solid-colored chairs (even if they are bright orange!).
Bamboo Chippendale chairs, a coral-shaped chandelier, and Green Bounty (16-22) paint by Pratt & Lambert give this dining room a vibrant, elegant-at-the-beach feel.
Make a statement with vertical cabana-style stripes in chartreuse and slate gray. Sleek accents such as a curvy footstool and side tables add formality.
Experiment with vibrant wallpaper in small spaces, such as this powder room, whose petite dimensions keep a bold pattern from overwhelming.
Don’t restrict color to the walls. This Royal Blue Rustoleum paint pops against a sunny-hued pendant chandelier.
Though usually reserved for fabrics and surfaces, color can also come to life through appliances and accessories. A vintage-style cooktop and refrigerator, plus punchy turquoise tiles, stock this beach house kitchen with an ultimate easy-living vibe.
Choose a brightly hued piece of art to inspire your color palette. Then, build your look around it. Even a mix of fabrics will mesh well if you stick with a consistent color scheme.
A vibrant hue such as lemon yellow adds interest and keeps an all-white room from looking washed-out. Keep a high-octane palette in check with streamlined furnishings such as this oversize Lucite coffee table and a pair of deep, squared-off Billy Baldwin sofas.
Hot and Cold
While warm and inviting, citrusy orange can often be overwhelming when paired with too many other colors. Add only one or two accent hues, such as a cool blue, to tone down a space.
Fun and Fabulous
Be bold without going overboard by choosing a vibrant fabric. These chairs provide sharp contrast to the dining room’s glossy white walls and floor.
Bright aqua defines this guest room, where a love seat and palm-shaped bed posters lend South Florida panache. A white backdrop creates restful pauses among intensely colored fabrics, rugs, and accessories.
A whimsical, shell-inspired ceiling fixture and sculptural white furnishings accent the bold aqua furnishings and rug in this sitting area. Such vivid choices add fun to a vacation home.
Strawberry pink takes on a more mature appearance when paired with streamlined furniture and minimal accessories. An Asian-inspired wallpaper and a geometric print on throw pillows keep this master bedroom from looking too girly.
Use colors in unexpected places, such as floors, for a fun twist in a more traditional space. These homeowners opted for leafy green in the kitchen when a stain couldn’t be matched to the rest of the house.
Help find focus by choosing a favorite piece of furniture or accessory and designing your room around it. An antique bamboo desk with pink trim inspired this room’s feminine twist on traditional island style.
Closed, these curtains lend privacy and offer respite from the sun. Open, they frame the space and soften the scene. When choosing fabrics, avoid natural weaves, which are prone to fading and mildew. Look for bright, synthetic blends that will weather the elements.
Nothing says sea-inspired quite like sandy hues paired with ocean blues. A neutral sofa and linen-covered poufs provide a calming influence when matched with a vibrant rug and throw pillows.
This room combines light blues with turquoise hues for an under-the-sea feel. Sleek details such as the pottery overhead complement the updated version of French toile on pillows and draperies.
Wake up a sleepy bedroom with a coat of bold orange paint. White linens and draperies will balance the bright color, providing a simple, soothing contrast.
The weathered dining room credenza and wooden dining table add warmth to this beautiful blue space. The graphic print fabric on the chair backs incorporates a touch of modern to this traditional space.
Tame a vibrant palette with woven furniture and rugs made from natural materials such as sisal, sea grass, or jute.
This bedroom uses hues of the sea, with a turquoise wallcovering and intricate shell-covered side table. The bedding plays nicely with the coastal shell picture framed on the wall.
Bright and Beautiful
This sunny kitchen is colorful without feeling overwhelming. “My decorating sense was influenced more by Crayola than anything else,” says homeowner Sue Hoffman.
Exotic and functional, these hanging beds have fun written all over them. Punchy striped fabric on the walls and a Roman shade create a seamless backdrop, while an orange rug and throw pillows pop.
Increase the charm by veering away from the traditional color wheel. Welcoming corals and golds pair nicely with calming blues and teals. Walls covered with burlap add warmth and texture.
For a quieter citrus scheme, try a buttery yellow on upholstery. It radiates warmth without the shock factor of a neon hue.
Add a twist of lime to your color scheme. Fabrics in the cheerful hue punch up wood or wicker furnishings.
Lavender is known to be a calming shade, and this homeowner used it to good effect in the master bedroom of her Long Island home. Pale lavender appears in the lampshade and sheet set, while a deeper amethyst hue adds kick to the bed upholstery and accent pillows.
Get the look: The walls are painted Spring Iris by Benjamin Moore.
This Key Biscayne, Florida, deck is outfitted in hot reds, pinks, and oranges, making the water view even bluer: "These complementary colors intensify each other because they're opposites on the color wheel," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.