Move over all-white walls and neutral-colored furniture! While we love the idea of the purported calm that comes with this look — and how it can allow pieces like bright artwork to pop — we can’t deny the thrill of a dramatic dash of color across a vintage piece of furniture, or the high lacquered pop-of-color in a revamped piece. Or, best yet, the all-over effect of a room completely drenched in, and totally unafraid of, color!
We have rounded up some of our favorite examples of
undeniably striking rooms that adore bold color. Have you always been in love with color, unable to part with it? Or have you been totally on board with the all-white trend and are now curious about dipping your toes into the cerulean blue pool of color-filled walls and punches of pigment through your furniture pieces and styling? Either way, dream-like colorscape inspiration awaits! — Rebekah
has one of the most perfect pink paint colors. Ever. His entire bedroom is painted this color and the furniture and art pieces perfectly offset what could be a sickly-sweet color, yet feels completely sophisticated in its application.
Heidi and Paul's
home's living room features an amazing blue accent wall. An oil painting from Craigslist served as inspiration for the rest of the living room leading to their bright accent wall. We love the contrast of the delicate flowers in the painting with the industrial "F" and its orange-red patina.
This guest bedroom paint color reminds us of something from a Wes Anderson film. The
designed by Chelsie Lee would certainly inspire creative dreaming! The white duvet adds even more color blocking without having to introduce another bold color into the mix.
Chloe and Ayumi's
Maine home features pink walls in the stairway to act as a unifying color between the red and yellow rooms that it connects -- and they say it even feels like more of a neutral now!
If you're not totally ready to commit to bold wall colors, you can start with furniture. This
features lots of painted furniture in beautiful primary colors.
home in Austin
features one of the happiest bathrooms. With the fun vintage-inspired sailboat wallpaper and bright blue tiling, you can only imagine what kind of bath-time adventures their kids must dream up!
Cheerful vintage wallpaper was used in
these girls' room
in the Netherlands to inspire their creativity and set welcoming tone. We love the brightly painted crib and contrasting color on half the wall behind it as well. The neutral ceiling and remainder of the walls help the colors from feeling overwhelming.
This Kingston home
, and brightly colored guest bedroom and study, has a self-described "explorer's club" vibe we can't get enough of. The original wood floors and creamy white ceilings help the wall color to visually breathe.
From the gold couch (that was a Goodwill score over 20 years ago) to the the sunny wall color and wild mix of textiles,
feels like one you could study anthropologically to learn all about its inhabitants. Adding this bright yellow above the wood paneling makes everything below it have a neutral background, where more color can get infused again.
When you're touring the home of the owners of
, you're sure to find some amazing hand-glazed tile. Their bathroom is absolutely incredible and features a tile floor as well as tile-cladded tub that runs all the way to the ceiling. This mid-century inspired green tile requires very few other details to be a striking statement.
asked her two-year-old daughter what color she wanted her room to be painted, she responded with nearly every color she knew. So, what's a creative director to do? Joy hand-painted and blended this custom ombre paint scheme to make her daughter's color-rich dreams come true. The white canopy and trim add a calm to the colorful palette.
Kate wanted her
West Hollywood apartment
to have a "Palm Beach in the 70s vibe," and she achieved that look perfectly. It's hard to believe that this incredible malachite-patterned wallpaper actually came with the apartment! We love its use as a transition to the crimson walls in the next room. This is a great example of how hues that are opposite from each other on the color wheel (as red and green are) can look so good together.
This Bristol home's
use of dark colors is offset by huge windows and a generous amount of natural light. Don't you just want to curl up with a good book and warm drink in this space? This home clearly shows that bold colors don't have to mean bright colors.
If you've gotten to this point and you're looking for more ways to infuse color into your home without having to paint any furniture or walls, you're sure to be inspired by this living room. Layne adds bold colors through her accessories and furniture upholstery in her
. This allows you to switch out and add more pieces as you find them, too.
While a lot of the homes we saw had neutral floors, this
features layered carpets in bright colors. The color continues in the accessories and with the gorgeous blue and white tiles that come halfway up the walls. Leaving the ceilings and remainder of the walls white allows for more fun in color below!