Smart Decorating Idea: Add Color with Light

Smart Decorating Idea: Add Color with Light

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Dabney Frake
Sep 16, 2014
(Image credit: Clare Cousins)

When you think about adding color to a room, paint is often the first thing that springs to mind, or buying a gaggle of throw pillows for your tan sofa. Here's something new to consider: add colored light instead. It's another decorating tool in your toolbox to pull out and alter the look and feel of a room. See how these six spaces manipulate light to create different mood or function...

Above, an Australian beach house, designed by Clare Cousins, glows faintly peach in the bedroom. It's one of several pastel features in this otherwise largely plywood home.

(Image credit: Design Boom)

Designers used monochromatic yellow light to delineate a bedroom in this open floor plan apartment. You can see more of this concept and space renovation over at Design Boom.

(Image credit: Lonny)

From Lonny, hidden pink light casts a rosy glow over an otherwise neutral bedroom.

(Image credit: Univers Habitat)

A shot from La Cornue's high-end storefront in Paris, featuring bands of purple light in their kitchen display. Via Univers Habitat.

(Image credit: New York Times Magazine)

A pink skylight is the source of surprising color in this all white bathroom owned by designer Harriet Anstruther in London. You can see more of her confident choices in New York Times Magazine.

(Image credit: Dezeen)

Neon is the obvious source of candy-colored light in this London home, spotted on Dezeen.

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