Diving In: 3 Rooms Where You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Get Colorful

updated Jul 17, 2020
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Some people naturally gravitate towards colorful decor like unicorns to a rainbow. Then there are people like me who, when shopping for anything from sofas to sandals, buy everything in one of three colors: Black, white or beige. It’s a boring life, this existence clothed entirely in neutrals (And I mean real neutrals, because even “the new neutral” seems too crazy for us).

I’m speaking totally anecdotally here, but I suspect those of us living beige lives aren’t doing so out of any kind of obligation, grand plan or even fear. We just… well, we don’t know where to start.

If you’ve been waiting for permission to re-make a room with color, here’s your official notice: In the wise words of Shia LaBeouf, JUST DO IT. Don’t let your dreams be dreams. Yesterday you said tomorrow, so just DO IT.

Your game plan: Start with one of these rooms. For one reason or another, they’re the safest and easiest places to get wild with bright and bold color.

The Entryway

Your entryway sets the tone for your whole house. It’s like making a good first impression. If your entryway is vibrant and a little bit daring, the effects will cast over the rest of your neutral home, making everything look all the more intentional.

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The Bedroom

Finding it tough to get out of bed in the morning? Not anymore, you won’t! A serene spa bedroom might be the best place to rest and relax, but if you’re not quite a morning person, you might want to amp up the hue dial in the boudoir.

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  • Yes, It’s Possible: Vividly Colorful Bedrooms With Basic White Walls

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The Bathroom

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Bathrooms are are perfect place to experiment with your decor. They’re (generally) small rooms with very little surface area to paint or decorate, so you can try out something wild and crazy with very little regret.

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Which room in the house do you think is the best target for a color overhaul?