In a time when the political climate feels more divisive than ever, I find myself drawn toward moments and celebrations that celebrate the best of humankind and people who have contributed positively to society. For me,
Harvey Milk is one of those people, and I will forever be grateful for the work he did to support LGBT rights in America. This Sunday is Harvey Milk Day and in honor of his work and the LGBT community at large, I thought I’d embrace our community’s rainbow symbolism and share some of my favorite rooms from Design*Sponge history that celebrate color with unabashed enthusiasm. From deep red dining rooms and violet bedrooms to electric green living rooms and orange stairways, these houses are a colorful alternative to the all-white trend and a great reminder of how harmonious colors can be when they work together well. xo, grace
A red door is one of my favorite design statements ever. Beautiful and striking from the outside and warm and rich on the inside.
Lynne's red door
is a classic beauty.
Red as an accent color can be such a great way to wake up a room.
Catherine Hammerton's kitchen
has a great dose of red against blue-and-white tiles that give the room a slightly retro vibe.
A red with a little hint of pink can be a nice way to warm up a space that doesn't get a ton of light.
This London stairway
uses a polka-dotted runner in the same color to amp up the red factor.
Red often gets a bad rap as being too strong or too "fire engine" hued, but in the right tone (especially with a blue undertone) it can feel
cool and modern
to see more red interiors!
This orange-y staircase
, designed by Anishka and Niya of Ishka Designs, is one of my favorite examples of how orange can work well in a modern exterior. It's a color I typically shy away from (despite once painting my kitchen electric orange), but this is a great reminder that it can look thoroughly sophisticated and modern.
Speaking of that bright orange kitchen, here's my
old kitchen in Brooklyn
. I believe the paint color was technically called "Tomato Soup Red," but it was actually a very bright orange.
I love orange as an accent color, too.
Fiyel Levent’s kitchen
uses tiny pops of orange against blue walls to make everyday kitchen cabinets feel a little more special. Click
to check out more orange rooms!
I grew up in a home that really embraced butter yellow (like this one that belongs to
Lucy Allen Gillis
). We had a lot of butter yellow walls and the exterior of our brick home was painted sort of a lemon-chiffon yellow. (When my uncle, then a housepainter, started to paint it, he famously ran inside to ask my mom to rethink the decision. But she ended up loving it.) *Click
to see more yellow interiors!
Raina Kattelson's neon green living room
is one of my favorite color moments in Sneak Peek history. This color would normally scare me, but seeing it done so well in this space (especially in a home with so many heritage details) makes me feel braver.
Betsy's green patterned wallpaper
is another example of how fresh and verdant green can feel at home. If you don't have a backyard or access to nature, this color can really bring a sense of the outdoors in.
is a nice reminder that green doesn't have to take up the whole wall to still have a strong color impact. *Click
to see more green interiors!
Gemma Ahern's London home
is on my list of top 5 home tours of all time. Talk about the power of a deep, rich blue! Sure it can be cloudy and rainy in London, but this color embraces the moody blue vibe.
Anna Potter's UK home
utilizes watery pastel hues -- like this grey-blue -- to create a soft but inviting space. *Click
to see more blue and
for more navy interiors!
Jenny Brandt’s kitchen
has my favorite purple table ever, accented by an amazing world map with plenty of purple shades to tie into the table.
Megan Price's home
closes out our rainbow room tour with a great example of why purple shouldn't be overlooked when it comes to wall color. *Click
to see more purple interiors!