A neutral headboard with clean lines and neutral bedding act as a base for the vivid colors in this room. Scrolling, yellow wallpaper brings cheerful color to this bedroom. The pink-and-blue, tweed pillows echo the pink in the striped nightstand and plays well with the soft, mint lamp. A simple floral arrangement brings a touch of femininity to the room's overall decor.
HGTV's Fixer Upper host Joanna Gaines turned this once bland laundry room into a colorful and inspiring craft room. Two bright yellow light fixtures illuminate a large craft table, made from an old pocket door. New blue-gray cabinets provide plenty of storage for the space, and an attractive sheet metal magnet board is a perfect place to display the kids' artwork.
Although this kitchen, designed by TriplePoint Design Build, continued the subtle tones of brown and taupe, the coordination of colors in the top and lower cabinets add interest and appeal. Especially fetching is the white iridescent backsplash that frames and accents the more subdued color choices. A modern glass table decoration in blue and artwork in brown and yellow provide an added pop of color.
A black dining table and dark-stained chairs provide stark contrast to the room's tropical blue and pale yellow color palette. The Grecian key pattern detail in the white credenza mimics the pattern in the dining chair seats, and a starburst mirror provides a touch of glamour to the sleek space. A large picture window allows plenty of natural light and supplies incredible city views.
For a play on masculine and feminine style at the room's entry, rustic logs were cut to size, sanded, then painted with circles featuring different shades of blue as well as pink, yellow, coral and purple. While the rustic texture of the bark is masculine, the poppy pinks and corals add feminine flair.
Designers faced a challenge with the kids' bathroom. The space had to be bright and fun, but it couldn't be too girly or too boy-ish, so they settled on a brightly colored shower curtain in a neutral bathroom. The bold blue, green and yellow circles appealed to brother's and sister's design style, and when combined with fun wainscoting, created a space that both kids loved.
Designer Katie Ridder's eclectic "zam zam room" is filled with a collection of items she found with her husband on their various trips together. An Indian fabric panel found in Paris frames the door and sets the stage for the red, blue and yellow palette captured in the Moroccan rug. The fireplace was first mirrored and then layered with Moroccan mosharabi lattice panels.
This pretty pair of bloomers bridges the part shade to sun gap with non-stop flowers. Lobelia Sky Blue Erinus opens blossoms in soft blue, offering an eye-catching contrast to Sunsatia Lemon nemesia and its lemon yellow flowers. Both plants tend to stop flowering when night temps stay above 70 F. If this occurs, give plants a light trim to promote fresh, branching growth when temps cool off. Both plants grow 6 to 10 inches tall and spread at least 12 to 16 inches. Choose these bloomers to fill the spiller role in containers or make a handsome hanging basket.
In this hallway vestibule, cornflower blue trim pops against white walls, while a mustard yellow chair draws the eye to the room beyond. The modern farmhouse rests on 12 acres that include an in-ground swimming pool and contemporary original structure that now serves as a pool house and guest house. Throughout the farmhouse, contemporary and traditional details blend to create a space that's both updated and timeless.
If you’ve got just a bit of money to spend on color, consider putting it into one high-impact piece: your sink. While showstopping cast-iron or fireclay sinks can run you well into four figures, this porcelain-coated stainless steel Porcela sink from Houzer is durable, lightweight and can be found for under $400 at Wayfair.com. This model comes in lemon yellow, mint green and navy blue (shown).
With the idea of a Parisian houseguest in mind, Peter Pennoyer of Peter Pennoyer Architects, totally transformed this space. The walls went from yellow to draped in gray and blue Schumacher coverings, while a combination of bejeweled pillows, layered textures and hints of marigold pull the entire look together. The finishing touch: A ceramic turtle whose shell opens to reveal an ink jar (placed on the back desk).
A hardy blue-green groundcover, sedum sediforme is a variety of stonecrop that grows up to six inches high and spreads in mats of leaves 18 inches wide. It produces tons of tiny yellow flowers in the summer and can withstand temperatures of 20 below in the winter. Plant it in a hanging basket and let it trail over the edges. Zones 4 to 8.
As seen on HGTV's The High Low Project, a fur pillow beneath a clear coffee table adds texture to this contemporary living room. A dark yellow sofa with patterned blue and red throw pillows provides color against the white walls and gray rug. The flow of the living space was kept open to keep it from feeling crowded. Bar stools provide a space for dining as well as extra seating for guests
Throw pillows in blue and yellow liven up this traditional living room’s overall neutral color palette. Designer Kristen Hutchins layered a patterned wool rug over a simpler jute rug, and says the key to layering rugs is making sure the larger, main rug is neutral. "If you start out with a larger, neutral rug as the base, you can add a fun, patterned rug to define just the seating area,” she says.
For beautiful blooms that can’t be overlooked, plant ‘Duchess Blue & White’ torenia (Torenia fournieri ‘Duchess Blue & White’. Also known as wishbone flower, this pretty annual makes a striking filler in containers or edging along a planting bed. Plants grow 6 inches tall and up to 10 inches wide. Pinch out growing tips on young plants to increase branching, which means more flowers. Look for torenia that opens blossoms in hues of pink, lavender, yellow and white. ‘Duchess’ torenia has been specifically developed to flower strongly in full shade.
To add more personality and color to the space, this kitchen's blue retro-style double ovens were installed to give the homeowner plenty of ways to prepare meals for guests. The vent-a-hood above the ovens has scalloped edges, adding personality to an ordinary kitchen appliance. The glass front cabinets allow the homeowner to display her colorful dishes, while the counter is home to unique, colorful items such as a striped utensil holder and a yellow vase.
Patterns are harmoniously woven together to create a colorful master bedroom design. The key to adding different patterns to a room is to choose different prints and colors. A striped nightstand contrasts with the interlocking scroll design on the yellow wallpaper and ties the pink of the ottoman with the pink tweed pillows. A soft, pattern in the gray-and-white window treatments parallel the colors of the bedding and acts as a backdrop for the pale, blue armchair.
A designer trick for working with pastels is to limit use to just two or three colors. Lavender, lilac, baby pink, baby blue, yellow and lime green evoke an immediate sense of spring, but the combination can also read juvenile, overly sweet or feminine. If you stick with layered shades of celery green and pale pink, the overall effect is understated, fun and sophisticated.