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15 Rooms That Unabashedly Celebrate Bold Color

by Rebekah Carey

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

This Brooklyn Home Has A Pink Bedroom That Is The Perfect Hue
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David Alhadeff's Brooklyn home 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.
A San Diego Home With A Blue Accent Wall Inspired By A Painting
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Heidi and Paul's San Diego 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.
Red And Purple Turn This Guest Room Into A Place Of Inspiration For Those Who Rest Their Heads Here
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This guest bedroom paint color reminds us of something from a Wes Anderson film. The Brooklyn brownstone 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.
This Home Shows How To Use Pink As A Neutral
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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!
Vintage Furniture Painted Bright Colors Remind The Owners Of Simpler Days In This Croatian Cottage
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If you're not totally ready to commit to bold wall colors, you can start with furniture. This Croatian home features lots of painted furniture in beautiful primary colors.
Austin Home With Color And Pattern Fun Found In Every Corner
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This 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!
Brightly Colored Kids Room In The Netherlands
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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.
Kingston Home WIth Sumptuous Green Walls
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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.
Yellow Walls And A Velvet-Like Gold Couch Are Just The Beginning Of This Home's Amazing Eclectic Style
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From the gold couch (that was a Goodwill score over 20 years ago) to the the sunny wall color and wild mix of textiles, this home 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.
Green Heath Ceramics Tiles From Floor To Ceiling In The Company's Owner's Home
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When you're touring the home of the owners of Heath Ceramics, 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.
Joy Thigpen Created This Custom Paint Job Per Her Daughter's Request
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When Joy 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.
Palm Beach In The 70s Was The Inspiration For This West Hollywood Apartment
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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.
Bristol Home Embraces The Darkness With Their Furnishings And Paint Color
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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.
Colorful Living Room No Paint Required
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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 Chicago bungalow. This allows you to switch out and add more pieces as you find them, too.
Portuguese Color-Filled Home
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While a lot of the homes we saw had neutral floors, this Portuguese home 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!

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