3 Tips for Working with Color in Your Home

Interior designer Tobi Fairley is back with a guest blog post about creating a colorful home.

Hello Allen’s Readers! It’s great to be back here to share with you again today.

In my design work, color is often one of the notable or distinguishing factors. I am a fan of using color in a big way to create interiors that are bold, yet still tailored. It’s like putting a fresh spin on a classic. In my Design Camp A to Z, I also teach a section devoted entirely to color and the process of selecting and working with a room’s palette. Today I thought it would be fun to share three of my favorite tips with you. Hopefully they give you inspiration for your own interiors.

1. Use bold color in one area.

If you go bold with a wall color, tone down the accessories in the room to create a nice complement. Likewise if you have a more neutral wall color, adding bright accessories can help to give the room personality. Adding intense color in just one of these areas and allowing the other to be more neutral will keep a balance that’s pleasing to the eye.

2. Consider creating a pattern with color.

Whether it’s stripes as shown in this teen’s bedroom, a lattice motif or a simple grid, using paint to create a pattern is a classic way to bring a fresh look to any room. While stripes are certainly a trend of the times, they have a timeless appeal and can be executed in a variety of different ways (think horizontal, large-scale, even pinstripe!). Blending a painted color pattern with other fabrics in the same palette can create an inviting and timeless look.

3. Add a pop of color in an unexpected place.

The ceiling is often one of the most overlooked surfaces in a room. Yet, adding a splash of color here can enliven a room and give it a one-of-a-kind touch. Swap beige, cream and stark “ceiling white” for a color that complements the rest of your decor such as the green shown on this kitchen ceiling.

Color can add so much life to a space. I hope these tips will inspire you to use color throughout your home.

Happy Decorating!
xo, Tobi

P.S. Want to learn more about working with color? Join me for Design Camp A to Z where I teach an entire section called ‘C is for Color.’ You can learn more and register at designcamp.tobifairley.com. Can’t join us for a full camp session? Purchase my ‘C is for Color’ telecall and you’ll receive an hour of tips!

10 Responses to 3 Tips for Working with Color in Your Home

  1. ravi patel says:

    thanx for sharing such a nice information. 2nd and 3rd tips are really nice.

  2. Franki Parde says:

    The most BEAUTIFUL bedroom! franki

  3. Wendy DeVier says:

    How about some colors for small areas, ie. apts, etc.

  4. Marilyn says:

    Yes, we used that bold color in Wild Horse Guest House, Durango…actually that burnt orange! Love that color. Even plants in the yard. Great idea. Marilyn

  5. Marilyn says:

    We used your total color idea in Durango, Wild Horse Guest House…and it worked great! Even that burnt orange…and we even took it to the porch and in the garden.

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