10 Sources to Bookmark for Color Inspiration

10 Sources to Bookmark for Color Inspiration

Sarah Coffey
Oct 13, 2010

You've heard it before and we'll say it again — inspiration is everywhere. Even in catalogs. Although highly styled spaces can be commercial and frustratingly unattainable, they're also usually good at capturing a brower's attention with COLOR, and they're a good place to look when you're wondering how to introduce a new hue into your home.

  1. Emery & Cie
    This European company has hands-down some of the best product photos we've seen. They have a line of paint, wallpaper, furniture, and tile — all in deep, super-saturated colors. Shown above is their
    Iznik Bed, €2,135.
  2. FLOR
    Their modular carpet tiles are an affordable way to introduce color into a room. This Feelin' Groovy Rug Set is a new addition to their line and sells for $144.
  3. Marimekko
    Whether you go for 1960s psychedelic patterns or cutesy animal motifs, this Finnish fabric company does both equally well, and in a full spectrum of rainbow colors.
  4. Ligne Roset
    French company Ligne Roset has been manufacturing upholstered furniture since 1936, and they carry lines by some of the best designers working today — Arik Levy, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Patrick Jouin, and others. They're not afraid of color, and you can find amazing sofas (like the Facet Sofa shown above) in hot pink, bright yellow, or ocean blue — just be prepared to pay high-end designer prices.
  5. Roche Bobois
    The other day we described this company as high-end hippie chic, which raised some questioning comments, but we stand by the term. This sofa company specializes in 1970s high modernism on LSD, and its most iconic design is shown above, the Mah Jong Sofa by Hans Hopfer.
  6. Angela Adams
    Based in Portland, Maine, this company has a mix of mid-range and super-high-end rugs. Known as the "Angela Adams Collection," these aspirational-and-inspirational rugs come from designer Sherwood Hamill (who also happens to be Angela's husband). The Forest Floor Rug is our favorite — just look at all those layered greens!
  7. Bisazza Mosaico
    They've adapted Venetian glass tile-making techniques to create modern mosaics that are glam and glitzy — kind of what you'd expect 1970s David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust era) to choose for his bathroom remodel. The lines are pricey, but it's so much fun to look.
  8. The Rug Company
    This SoHO store has some beautiful rugs, but the real reason we love them is their website, where you can browse through catalog photos that are almost as good as a design book. This one features their Star Pink Rug by Paul Smith.
  9. Maine Cottage
    This store has locations in Florida, South Carolina, and — of course — Maine. Their specialty is color, and you can order any of their furniture pieces in 40 different colors. This is the Calvin Bed in French Blue, $1,990 - $2,790.
  10. Pine Cone Hill
    Annie Selke's bedding line is full of "punch-drunk color" for the home, a thread that runs through her many business endeavors, including Dash & Albert rugs, Potluck tableware, and Annie Selke Home. The Pine Cone Hill catalog features a bunch of different styles to browse for bedding ideas — this look comes from the Graphic Traffic collection.

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