Let us show you how to design with bold, vibrant colors in a way that gives life to your room without overpowering it.

Our author, Nabomita Das Roy, published an article showcasing the use of bold, trendy colors for your home design. Vivid colors like turquoise, mustard yellow, and ultra-violet are dominating style trends this year, and it takes balance to use these elements in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

So, before you run out and purchase that big, tufted, ultra-violet armchair, let’s take a look at how to balance these trends.  From Nabomita’s ten-point article, we’ve narrowed down the top 3 ”rules of thumb” you’ll need to perfectly design a room using bold colors.

1. Pick a Color Scheme

Bold, vibrant hues in orange and blue take center stage
Source: Decorpad

Once you pick your color scheme, choose pieces within those color choices. In the original article, Nabomita explains why that’s important:

”The thing about using bold colors is understanding how to use them to their best potential. And a primary color scheme of red, blue and yellow is anything far from ordinary.

Experimenting with the right tones of these colors can create magnificent results for your room. A bold shade of blue for the wall complemented with furniture and accessories in shades of red and yellow in moderate proportions transforms the overall personality of this room. However, make sure you have selected at least one color that gives direction to the other two, without overpowering them.”

Here’s how that can look when done correctly:

Bright, turquoise blue built in wall shelf is balanced with turquoise accent pillows.
Source: Erika Bonell Interiors

2. Consider Size and Proportions

While you definitely don’t want to go too big with your colored items, don’t go too small either. Colors can be balanced by using them in varying sizes and proportions. Sometimes you’ll need to go smaller with some elements, and larger with others when using bold hues or tones.

Balancing hues of color
Source: Elle Decor

See how the bold colors in this design look like they’re in perfect balance to each other?  That’s because of the white and grey tones used between the vibrant orange and blue colors. Also, the difference in size of the painted columns creates the final effect of balance.

Also, the darker blue color is balanced out by the vibrant, orange hues as well. On the painted wall, the use of the dark blue tone is less than the use of the orange, grey, and white tones.

3. Don’t Overdo It

Bold, vibrant colored room
Source: HiSugarplum

The beautifully vibrant living room above, designed by Hi, Sugarplum!, classically demonstrates how you can have a variety of bold, vibrant colors in one spot. Here again, the use of darker colors on the wall and in the built-in bookshelf balance out the vibrant hues of purple, mustard yellow, and ultra-violet.

Balance the Tones

The largest furniture pieces, however, are in calmer, neutral tones.  This allows the beauty of the vibrant colors to shine while not overwhelming the room. The sofa, chairs, and walnut colored cabinet seem smaller because of their neutral colors, despite their large size.

Color is allowed to take center stage while the most significant pieces in the room bring balance back to the overall look. This room is definitely a feast for the eyes. The jewel tones in the rug echo all the colors in the room and connect them in the most gorgeous and elegant way.

So dive into color this fall! To read all of Nabomita’s article on our Interior Design Inspiration page, click here.