Risky Business: Daring Color Choices

Risky Business: Daring Color Choices

Grace Shu
Sep 28, 2009

Straight from our inspiration archive is a selection of crazy colorful interiors courtesy of the ever-inspiring magazine, Marie Claire Maison. We thought it was particularly relevant given that the Fall Colors Contest is looming; and we made a conscious decision to choose rooms featuring a color (or colors) that we normally shy away from just to see how it could be worth the risk...

We'll start off a little easy on the eye: This royal blue bed with its neon pink bedside tables seem to pop out of the room given the white walls. Saturated colors like this done sparingly seem really effective in making a statement without being too overbearing.

We can't decide if painting one wall an unexpected color and then arranging a lot of artwork over it diminishes the color or enhances it. We're leaning towards enhancement: The more we look at this photo, the more we find ourselves staring at the blue, rather than the artwork.

Perhaps our favorite photo yet in this collection: Instead of using the typical white or beige fabric as an under-the-sink curtain, we quite like this punch of hot pink. And we'll never say no to chartreuse...

When a friend recently chose peach as her bridesmaids' color, we all groaned inwardly. "After all, who looks good in peach?" griped one of the other bridesmaids. (She also had red hair). While peach doesn't rank very high in my personal list of favorite colors, I have to say that it looks kind pretty fun here.

Another case for using bright colors sparingly: This kitchen has a nice visual twist of a pink windowsill.

Seafoam green? Beth loves it. For me, it ranks a little higher than peach, but not by much. Still, I'm intrigued by this room: The combination of seafoam green with light pink look almost ethereal here.

What are some of your daring color choices? Or is there a color that you would love to try but your lease/roommate/husband/boyfriend/etc. won't let you?

(Images: Marie Claire Maison)

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