Layering in a Color You Love: From a Hint to a Whole Lot

Layering in a Color You Love: From a Hint to a Whole Lot

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Eleanor Büsing
Jul 6, 2015

Is it just me, or do people seem less scared of color than they used to be? No longer relegated to throw cushions or the odd side chair, bold hues are more likely to show up in people's homes these days on the wall, in major pieces of furniture, and even in more "permanent" rooms like the kitchen and bathroom.

But how much is too much? Conventional wisdom says that if you choose to decorate with your favorite color, you couldn't possibly get sick of it. But is that true? How long has your favorite color been your favorite color anyway? How much of a "color investment" should you make since these things do tend to change?

I'm using my favorite shade, an emerald green, to explore how far I'm willing to go when it comes to color. Say when...

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I think we can all get on board with the bold sofa, right? This velvet number is right up my alley (as is everything in sight, actually).

What about color in the dining room? A couple of bright chairs look good, no?

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What about a lot of chairs? I'm still loving it...

A colored claw-foot tub is sort of like a sofa for your bathroom. This emerald number perfectly complements the black-and-white space.

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In terms of textiles, I love a bold stair runner. You?

I've been obsessed with this image for years. It's safe to say that I think colored drapes, in an otherwise neutral space, is a YES.

A painted accent wall is a great idea for the color shy— striking, but easy to change.

A whole hallway is a slightly bigger commitment... are we nervous yet?

What about a quirky and cool colored ceiling? It's not a look for the faint of heart (or low-ceilinged homes, for that matter)!

How do we feel about a floor? Now we're getting into the big leagues.

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A wall of built-ins makes a bold statement. I might be getting nervous now. You?

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When it comes to more permanent fixtures like tile, you have to be sure of yourself. I think the dark green tiles look great here, with the white bathroom suite and all the plants.

A colored kitchen is a big investment, in more ways than one. There's no denying this space is beautiful, but it's causing this pragmatic designer to have some second thoughts.

(Image credit: Morten Holtum)

Or hey, maybe we just go all out in the kitchen? This space is amazing- but maybe for a second home? In my dreams...

Where do you fall on color in the home? Do you stick to neutrals and mainly use bold hues as accents, or are you willing to go big? Chime in below!

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