Interior Obsessions – Brights

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After our last look at the clean fresh start of all-white interiors, I was intrigued by the opposite way to approach a space: using blasts of bright color. Bright pastels and sunny colors are all the rage this season, a strong shift from the darker neutrals, and shifts in fashion are often mirrored in the world of interiors. Bright colors convey a sense of optimism and a zest for life, and these vibrant interiors are no exception.

From the use of a single pop of color for an accent wall, cabinet or furniture to a mix of multiple brights throughout a space, bright color should never be overlooked as a great option for a fresh take on interior decor. Stunning against the backdrop of those white spaces we looked at last time, a shot of orange, pink, green or blue can really shift things into higher gear. If the idea of a hot pink wall or tangerine couch scares you, pick a color or two and add it in accessories to your neutral space. If you’re more daring, but not all the way out there, keep a rein on your newfound love of brights by highlighting a small area of a wall that really sets off some furniture or a carefully planned vignette. And a hint to those with terrible cabinets that they can’t really afford to replace: surprisingly enough, painting them a bright color makes the color itself take center stage, and makes the quality of the cabinets disappear in the background.

(above) Flea Market Finds in Orange, Sky Blue and Chartreuse

Bright Blues and Greens + Citrus Accents

Orange and Pink

Green Cabinets + Aqua Accent Wall

Yellow Wall with Ice Cream Pastels

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks,   where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.

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beautiful colors!!!

kim Baise | January 12th, 2012 at 2:02 pm

While I’m glad to see I’m not crazy, I’m bummed to see this palette getting so much attention. I’m in the middle of a house project right now incorporating these sorts of color pops against an otherwise neutral house, with a bright green accent area in the kitchen. Looking at some fun wools right now to recover a window seat cushion. Just sad that it will seem passé in a few years. Oh well, I guess that’s how it goes. 🙂

Karen | January 12th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Karen –

The nice thing about using accents like the cushion or paint is that if it starts to feel a bit passé, these items are easy to replace. Although I used to have a bright orange sofa and wall, I typically suggest the neutral background that it sounds like you’re using. I think you need to be more concerned with multiple colors in all parts of the decor – that’s when it’s hard to change your mind!

Amy

Modern Simplicity | January 12th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

took the words right out of my mouth amy! so true. love the colors in every room!
-brittni

papernstitch | January 13th, 2012 at 11:12 pm

#stumbledupon this awesome colourful accents http://t.co/macjfOk4

Tulsi Rawat Nair (@tulsinair) | April 27th, 2012 at 5:39 am
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