How To Decorate With BOLD Color
Unless you are naturally daring with colors and willing to try decorating with bold color, it’s tempting to play safe by using white and pale tints as the basis of your home decorations. Such pastel and neutral shades are certainly comfortable to live with but, without some bright colors to liven them up, they can look very bland. Admittedly, stronger colors are not as simple to use. but they do create exciting schemes.
If you are experimenting with bold colors, you don’t have to redecorate a whole room all at once. Start by introducing strong colors gradually in new accessories. A collection of bright cushions can make a huge difference to the way a room looks without involving much upheaval or expense. Wooden furniture can be painted, lampshades altered or a bright bedspread flung over a sofa. Each minor change can be a small step towards a more colorful life.
Learn to look at color in a new way, and discover what shades please you most. Photographs in magazines are a ready source of ideas to help you to decorate with bold color, but paintings, garden borders and fabric designs, in fact any colorful arrangement you find beautiful or interesting, can provide inspiration for fresh color schemes. See our page “Color & Design”
Use Instinct & Intuition
Instinct and intuition are as good a guide as any when you are choosing colors to decorate with bold color. However, you do have to think about the effect some colors can have on space and light as well. Deep colors absorb light, making a room feel cosier, especially in artificial light. Shades of red, terracotta and orange also have a warming effect, but are inclined to make a room seem smaller.
Bright pastels, like daffodil yellow, sky blue or leaf green, strike a cheerful note and really come to life in a sunny room. Cool blues and greens create an airy atmosphere and increase the feeling of spaciousness.
Take Time To Decide
If you have always lived with neutral colors, a bolder alternative might take a bit of getting used to. Be prepared to live with your new color scheme for a week or two before you decide whether you like it or not.>
Reference: The Country Look—Decor & Crafts