Interior Obsessions: Some Seriously Bold Color


interior obsession // turquoise wall in bedroom

I wanted to name this post ‘I ain’t afraid of no ghost color’ but I can’t do a strikethrough on the title. So, let’s just pretend.

I think it goes without saying that I am a big fan of white interiors. White walls. White floors. White everything. BUT there is definitely something to be said for color as well. When I was in high school, I distinctly remember wanting to paint every room in my imaginary college apartment a different color. Which would have been utterly insane. But that’s what I wanted at the time. Man, how things have changed!

The only downside to color is that it’s much harder to get it ‘right’. I mean it’s easy to make things looks good when you have white walls (hello gallery), but color? That’s a whole lot more difficult, if you ask me.

Here are a handful of bold uses of color that are absolutely doing it right…

(above) I am in love with this turquoise wall.

pink tile in a cool scandi bathroom

This tile backsplash is amazing. Don’t you think? (found via designlovefest)

interior obsession // great living area with royal blue accent wall

Doesn’t that artwork look great on a royal blue backdrop like that? Never thought I would say that, but it’s true.

interior // with yellow wall

Β Yellow!

interior obsession // lilac statement wall in Seattle studio

Lilac walls in a Seattle studio.

interior obsession // salmon wall

Salmon walls with that emerald green chair? Now, that is bold! And also, perfect.

interior obsession // dark teal stairs

And theseΒ jewel-toned, dark teal stairs are pretty great too.

So what do you think? Would you dare to try any of these colors on your walls (or stairs for that matter)?

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I want to use so many of these ideas, such a shame I don’t own my own place. Very inspirational!
Sarah x

Sarah | February 6th, 2014 at 9:38 am

Sarah – Maybe you can use these ideas on a smaller scale, until you get your own place? With some colorful artwork or a bold rug?

papernstitch | February 6th, 2014 at 10:00 am

Wow excellent collections of colors here! My absolute fav would be the Salmon! But, there’s SOO much that’s perfect about Design Files set up too. It’s all about happy cheery colors for me. These are not too bright either. We rent as well and I find lots of ways to eincorporate color into our flat. Often trying to stick with white walls, then we doll up the rest of our space. It’s the safest way for us πŸ˜€ Thanks for sharing ..
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Jeanine | February 6th, 2014 at 10:16 am

these colors are so bold but calming at the same time πŸ™‚ I must admit that I love them!
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gracie | February 6th, 2014 at 10:17 am

I’ll take that salmon wall please!
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Harmony | February 6th, 2014 at 10:52 am

Love a pop of bright color! It can bring so much life and spirit to a space.
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Brandyn | Southern Distinctions | February 6th, 2014 at 11:15 am

Beautiful pics. I like to do a lot of white so that the color I do add stands out and pops.

Maggie | February 6th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Oooh I love that salmon wall! xoxo

Laura | February 6th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Wow I love it! I especially like all the blue/turquoise/teal colours, but the salmon wall is pretty smaching as well.

Lisa | February 6th, 2014 at 12:55 pm

I love the magenta tiles! Normally I’m a big fan of minimalist white too but I’ve recently changed that and now my living room is a serene oasis of mint green as a result… I Thought it might be a bit overwhelming and naff at first but it really works with my furniture (I think!). It’s definitely good to change it up a bit sometimes πŸ™‚

Freya | February 6th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Probably goes without saying that I’m in love with this post and every single photo… if there ever was someone that wasn’t afraid of color… πŸ™‚ Great roundup!
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Caroline | February 6th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

LOVE bold colors on a wall!
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chelsea | February 6th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Those blues are gorgeous! I’d also really love to have a yellow wall in my house someday πŸ™‚
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Vicki | February 6th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Those stairs are gorgeous! If only I was so daring! xx

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Emily | February 6th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

These are so incredibly gorgeous!
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Stacia | February 6th, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Aw, these pics are so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing these lovely and inspiring ideas!

Betsy | February 6th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

So I just learned that I’m clearly not a bold colour lover XD
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Ilse den Besten | February 6th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

These pictures are great inspiration! I love colour and I usually have to restrain myself otherwise it gets crazy very quickly! πŸ™‚

Lu | February 6th, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Love the ombre purple wall!

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Jenna | February 6th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Ahh, perfect rooms! That green chair is to DIE FOR and so is that beautiful Boho couch in the 2nd pic!

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alex | February 7th, 2014 at 1:37 am

Oh my goodness do I love that turquoise wall. I LOVE this post because I always want to do bold accent walls but never quite know how. This is fabulous inspiration!
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Bethany | February 7th, 2014 at 2:17 am

Wow, great colors. Love it. I have a lot of colors in my home, and this is just perfect. First photo is amazing.

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Fabulous 30s | February 7th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

I love that mirror! I loved all of these ideas!


Jamie | February 7th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Ohmygoodness! That salmon wall strikes a chord in my heart. Time to scour some stores for spray paint!
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