Design Decisions: 3 Reasons for Choosing Colorful Investment Pieces

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When you're spending a lot of time or money on something for your home, you might be tempted to play it safe and choose a neutral color. I'm talking about buying sofas, lounges or a set of dining chairs here. Sometimes that thinking will work, but sometimes you'll miss a chance to take your design to another level.

1. Go with a favorite. My husband teases me that I have one of everything in teal. I've got teal pants, a teal purse, teal nail polish, teal bowls—you get the idea. When it came time recently to pick colors for a stained glass transom for our front door, which I consider an investment because it will be with this house for years, I went with my gut. The most prominent color, including that of the house numbers, will be teal (it's a little greener in person). Whether you're spending money on furniture or hours on painting, picking an all-time favorite ensures you'll be happy in the long run.

2. Play up the shape. In the case of the Togo chair shown here, you're already investing in something with a unique shape and style. You're not playing it safe with the style, so why not choose a stand-out color like the cobalt blue in the above photo?

3. Break with expectations. At the same time, if you are buying or making over a piece with a more traditional silhouette (like a tufted back sofa or even a modern classic like an Eames lounge), unexpectedly bold colors can help avoid stuffiness. Consider a paint color or upholstery with definite personality.

Have I convinced you to take a leap and go with color?

(Image: Sam & Anne's Cozy Modern Blend)

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