Bold color is today’s big trend story, on the web and in print. Check out Martha Stewart Living’s September “Bold Color” issue. Inside you’ll find a1930s house made over by Los Angeles-based architect and designer Barbara Bestor, the mastermind behind Trina Turk’s retail spaces and show rooms. For MSL, Bestor whipped up a jolting palette of cobalt, yellows and orange that’s surprisingly sophisticated. But despite being an expert at color choices, Bestor, like the rest of us, tried out a bunch of hues before she settled on the perfect colors.
“You have to be flexible, open to changing the course with color, “ she tells the magazine. “You may not get it right the first time.”
If you’re color-shy when it comes to interiors, why not try a shot of something intense on the outside of your house? Victoria Smith of Sfgirlbybay recently painted her San Francisco rental with the help of Sherwin Williams. She went with a somber gray for the house and originally planned on a poppy red door, but eventually opted for a peppy yellow door instead.
For those of us not ready to make such a big color commitment, there’s always the option to play with color in the form of accessories. A pink pillow or an emerald lamp base can transform a room and give it a fresh kick, and there’s minimal risk involved.
Here are some great places to find color inspiration:
Absolutely Beautiful Things blog. Anna Spiro mixes color with abandon for her clients’ homes and at her Brisbane, Australia store Black & Spiro.
Michelle Armas on Big Cartel. Michelle Armas’ paintings are a wonderful way to jump start color choices. Just looking at her catalogue will have you dreaming up new color combos for your home in no time. Better yet, just snap up one of her fabulous paintings, hang it in your neutral living room and watch it transform your space from blah to fab. (Design secret: Michelle Armas will also work with you on commissioned pieces using your favorite colors.)
Anthropologie on Home Portfolio. From rugs, to curtains to sofas, this bohemian-chic retailer has made colorful textiles its trademark.
Home Portfolio’s color advice page also has tons of useful tips and ideas organized by hue.