How to Pull It Off: 6 Rooms That Boast 1 Bold Color Successfully

published Sep 20, 2014
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Unsure if just one perfectly placed pop of color can make a truly big impact in a room? Or if so, how to pull it off so it doesn’t look jarring and out of place? These six rooms all enjoy monochromatic color palettes completely shaken up by one object that boasts a bold color. See how they did it…and steal the ideas for your own rooms.

Pictured above: Going for a colored sofa — rather than the safer, more flexible option of a neutral one — is a scary prospect. But nothing quite says you’re serious about color like a richly hued one. How to do it without regretting? Well stick to sumptuous textiles, choose a color that’s bold but not brash and use a mix of earthy, textured accessories to soften the room up. Spotted on The Everyday Girl.

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It’s true, tall ceilings and a stunning bed doesn’t hurt this room’s overall look, but the one color principle it uses can be translated in more modest interiors. The idea is to take one bold, solid color and use that for a bedspread in a room with more natural, monotone hues. How you keep it from being too boring? Find a bold color with a discernible texture, like this one here. Via automatism.

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Perhaps one of the easiest and most flexible ways to add just one bold color to a room, a piece of art that features a limited color palette and one seriously stark hue can really be a showstopper. How do you incorporate one in a room without making it stick out like a sore thumb? You choose an oversize piece and layer it with a vignette of furnishings, like spotted in the shot above. Found in Domaine Home.

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Let’s face is, color above or below is always going to be show-stopping. And while a patterned rug is tempting, don’t discount the power of a solid, one-color rug to surprise and delight. Make sure your rug choice is big enough that it really grounds the entire room to avoid it feeling out of place. Via Decor Aid.

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In Scandinavian inspired dining rooms where earth tones and black dominate, and bold, colored hanging pendant light can be an amazing addition. Stick to curved, organic shapes that are simple, and consider something a little oversized. If you’re feeling nervous, add a small piece of art with a few colors to balance out the space. Found in ROCO Magazine.

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We love the idea of painting a surprising architectural element, like the inside of a door frame in the room above. It instantly makes a serious room lacking in color jump up a few levels of fun. Spotted in Dwell.

Do you have any rooms that only have one bold pop of color? If so, how have you done it successfully?