The dining room was designed by Kelley herself. A wood bench was installed, neatly dividing the living and dining area. Upholstered cushions were placed to create a dining nook centered around a Saarinen-style table. The cushions add a colorful display to the dining area. Kelley upholstered them and the bench cushions in fabric from a collaboration between SUNO and KNOLL. The upholstery-grade pieces were inspired by traditional fabrics in Kenya, India and beyond.
This living and dining area provide a playful air of visual stimulation; lively punches of tangerine and kelly green merged with varying shades of cobalt and indigo blues. A heavy dose of woven sea grass added to the distinctive maritime air while an assortment of sea shells, blue-and-white pottery and a colorful collection of art came together to create a place of delight in this low-key beach cottage.
Bridal shower place cards can also make for unique party favors. Instead of folding paper card stock, opt for colorful journals or notebooks. Write each guest's name down on decorative paper, and attach it to the front of the journal with double-sided tape. Slightly open the book, and place it on its side in front of the place setting.
A bright white base allows pops of color to bring this space to life. Multicolored fish swim the walls of this aquatic-themed girls' bedroom. A lime-green area rug and turquoise-blue dresser add bold color to the white wainscoting. Pulled from color in the fish-print wallpaper, an aqua border around the white Roman shades allows the window treatment to stand out from the colorful patterned walls.
Don't let holiday gift wrap tubes go to waste. Use a utility knife to cut the tubes into 3-inch-long sections. Choose colorful materials to wrap around the tubes to create pattern and introduce texture. Here, a variety of string in purple tones was used to keep the napkin ring coordinated with the rest of the tablescape.
In this kitchen, elegant simplicity is the name of the game. Old appliances were removed to add new, commercial grade appliances to accommodate the young family. Easy to clean Caesarstone countertops were added to the cabinets, and color was added to the neutral, elegant space by adding colorful kitchen ware. Then, designers added a custom range hood cover made from reclaimed barn wood from a local Tennessee farm, adding texture to the space.
This contemporary kitchen is small in size but big on style. Simple lines and beautiful natural wood tones paired with modern pendant lighting create a clean, sleek look. A metallic backsplash adds visual interest while the frosted glass cabinets add warmth to the space. A small kitchen island and connecting modern table and bench make this space perfect for casual entertaining and dining. Colorful artwork on the far wall brings a touch of the tropics to this space.
Splurge on thick, 100 percent cotton bath towels, washcloths and hand towels for your guests. A great tip is to buy guest towels in a color different from your regular towels so you'll always have the "good" towels ready for overnight guests. These guest towels have been livened up with addition of colorful bands of ribbon the help dress up the bathroom. (And they color coordinate with the rubber duckies!) Design by Layla Palmer, the Lettered Cottage.
To give this open space between the living room and eat-in kitchen practical use, it was designed as a casual, colorful breakfast nook. A round table and round rug keep traffic flowing easily between the two main spaces. Anytime you’re working with a boxy space, consider adding rounded pieces to soften the hard lines.
Natural light filters into this small, feminine space, making it feel brighter and larger. Since the fun, geometric wallpaper is the anchor for the design, white bed linens, floral pillows and colorful stools were added to break up the pattern and bring some additional color into the space, creating an interesting, fun, unique design.
This bedroom, as seen on HGTV Design Star, has a colorful personality with bright tangerine walls. Multicolor bed linens peek out from below white comforters to add more color and contrast to the space. Two modern rocking chairs provide relaxing seating by the fireplace. One of Bret Ritter's contributions to the room is a graphic wall hanging that says "Relax" above the fireplace. While the piece ties in the wooden shelves around the room, the judges are not impressed with the unfinished artwork.
To make these colorful treats blend watermelon chunks, then pulse, strain and pour into small paper cups. Top each cup with a thick slice of kiwi. Place the popsicle stick through the center of the fruit, then freeze. Once frozen, just remove the paper cup and serve!
Candy colors and sherbet pinks, yellows and lilacs get a cooler treatment in this color-packed bedroom from Catherine M. Austin interior design. We love how she transformed a narrow hallway connecting a bedroom and bath with a punchy, sweet hydrangea purple balanced with a selection of well-curated contemporary art. Even the bold white etagere becomes an artsy statement piece when it’s piled with colorful art and design books to create a mini library/gallery space.
A neutral palette is enhanced by accents in black and cream. Warm colors of rust and gold add visual interest and color to the space, while an elegant area rug with French writing provides a focal point. A built in entertainment center on the far wall anchors the space and provides ample display room for colorful accessories and books.
Designers Karen E. Laine and Mina Starsiak of HGTV's Good Bones, wanted to create a bright, contemporary space in this office, so they added plenty of colorful pieces, such as a red chair, a blue patterned rug, an orange office chair and bright numeric artwork. The contemporary desk provides plenty of workspace, while the large window creates a great view for the homeowner and clients alike, while also letting in plenty of natural light to brighten the space.
All caught up on your latest magazine reads? Put the colorful, glossy pages to good use as garland. Tear each page out, then tear it into thirds. Next, roll each strip of torn paper into a conical shape, using hot glue to hold keep it firmly held together. Lastly, insert twine or yarn through the hollow centers and place each conical side-by-side.
Serve up your family’s favorite Greek yogurt in a new way the kids will love. Pour yogurt into a large freezer bag, snip the corner and pipe onto wax paper. Freeze the bites, then peel off the wax paper and store them until you’re ready to serve. Add a fun colorful topping to give it a more festive vibe.
The cardinal airplant (Tillandsia fasciculata) is native to Florida, as well as Central and South America. In the wild, this pretty epiphytic often grows in clusters, forming colorful bundles of greenery punctuated with bright red blooms. Indoors, grow cardinal airplant near a bright eastern or southern window and with good air circulation.
Bruce Holst for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens