Design Lessons from Seven Super Colorful Living Rooms

Design Lessons from Seven Super Colorful Living Rooms

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Nancy Mitchell
Jun 28, 2015
(Image credit: Love Is Speed)

Mixing together every color you can imagine (and maybe some you can't imagine) is not for the faint of heart. But in this post, we're taking a look at some of the boldest, baddest, most colorful living rooms around — and extracting a few decorating lessons you can take home for your own space.

(Image credit: Love is Speed)

Above: this Manhattan apartment, spotted on Love is Speed, is a masterful mix of colors and patterns. The lesson to be learned here is that you can get away with a lot of pattern mixing if you keep the backdrop neutral, and match the scale of the patterns to each other. (Do click though, as there are lots of great things happening in this apartment.)

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This is Bradford Shelhammer's Manhattan pad, spotted on Refinery29. The colorblocking in the living room works because all of the colors are equally crayon-box saturated — and black, grey, and even pink (pink is the new neutral) help to balance things out.

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A Paris apartment spotted on Production Paradise — and a further testament to the fact that you can get away with mixing a lot of really bold colors together as long as you keep the backdrop neutral.

(Image credit: SF Girl by Bay)

Splashes of bright color, in this living room from SF Girl by Bay, are grounded with a nice dose of black.

(Image credit: Lonny)

More pattern play, from Lonny. Here, the patterns act as accents, adding a little texture and movement to a room whose dominant color scheme is black + white + pink.

(Image credit: Loren Hope)

This space, from Loren Hope, proves that you don't have to have a ton of colorful things to make your living room seem colorful. Here, a couple of brightly colored chairs, a pink rug, and a bit of an assist from a vintage phone do the trick.

(Image credit: Lonny)

And finally, from Lonny, proof that having a super colorful space doesn't have to mean painting the walls white. Here it's a rich, glossy black that's providing a counterbalance to some seriously bright colors. The room can be visually separated into two halves — a more colorful zone close to the floor, with the rug and sofas, and a black and white one above — so the overall effect is actually quite pleasing.

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