Spring is the perfect time to rejuvenate and bring color into the home
March 17, 2017
Rejoice! The days of gray are over and bold, beautiful hues are here. Just as spring brings warm winds of color, interior design experts are infusing homes with bright greens, saucy pinks, bold blues and crisp yellows.
Obviously, there always will be places for neutrals in homes, but the happy combination of a bright color with a more mellow hue creates a warm, welcoming space. Color, in various doses, can work in most any home or creative space, but it must be client-led.
'Dreamy' and 'serene'
Elizabeth Basso, founder and principal of Basso Interiors, was able to bring a client's vibrant vision to life recently. The cozy condo now is awash in bold colors that meld together beautifully to create a happy space; and it shows a home does not have to be expansive to have colors work their magic.
The jewel tones of hot pinks, sapphire blues and reds are relaxing yet rejuvenating, with clean white walls and cheerful pops.
"It's fresh and bold and youthful. It's rare someone is willing to go that far," Basso says. "A lot of clients want to do a lot neutrals and maybe do a pop of color."
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The boldness of the living and dining rooms flows into a bedroom that has a more muted palette.
"It's more dreamy and more serene," Basso says.
'A huge statement'
Sarah Carr, founder and owner of Sarah Carr Design, knows design often follows fashion, that younger families typically embrace color while older couples want calmer tones. She spoke of two recent clients who are in two different phases of their lives: One has young kids and wants bright, bold color splashed throughout the home. The other client's kids are grown and gone, and they want a home that is more neutral and calming. "It's so different from client to client — some want lots of color," says Carr.
Work color into a design by starting small — think powder room, den, a reading nook, or even inside cabinets.
Paint is the easiest way to spice up a room — and the least scary. After all, says Basso, it's easy enough to change out if the hue feels wrong. Carr has fallen in love with wallpaper or wall murals and her clients truly embrace it.
"They are beautiful and make a huge statement," Carr said.
'Happy and vibrant'
Slifer Designs' Senior Designer Andrea Georgopolis recently completed a home for a youthful family in Vail. Most of the spacious home is neutral — but the teenager's bathroom was the perfect place to try a bold, hip color without risk. The bright blue vanity works because it's for a younger member of the family, combined with it being in the bathroom; it's simply easier to take a risk since it's separate from the rest of the house, Georgopolis explains. Interestingly enough, she proposed a less-vibrant blue but the homeowner loved the idea and boosted the blue.
"I paired it with a neutral floor and wall tile," she says. "The clients pushed for it to be happy and vibrant."
A home Georgopolis worked on in Denver for a very active family is a perfectly orchestrated harmony of color and design. The client didn't want staid, as her family is as lively as are the yellows and teals that flow throughout the home.
"She's a young, vibrant person and wanted a young, vibrant home," Georgopolis says.
'Organic yet luxurious'
Colors influence how we feel, and some clients just gravitate more to color than others. Kasey Lovgren, co-owner of Branching Out Vail, embraces a holistic color palette that is soothing yet surprising.
"This color trend works for those who are longing for a healing retreat from their daily lives," Lovgren says. "We love this organic yet luxurious look that gives the warmth of spring in our cold winter climate."
Pair rose quartz with gold for a tranquil retreat. Those who want to bring home more color can with little pops because a little can go a long way. Frances Karsh, another senior designer at Slifer Designs, was able to work in a custom piece of art that stretches above the sofa in a beachfront condo in Hawaii recently.
"I needed to create a room that could take fun accent pieces," she says.
Pairing the art with bold pillows and the rest of the room in neutrals is just what the owner envisioned.
Incorporate color and add personality in even smaller doses through accent pieces in surprising ways, says Karsh, such as ceiling details with painted accents.
"I see a trend of using color and pattern on smaller chairs and accent upholstery," she says, "also in lamps and accessories, of course."
'In small doses'
Basso, meanwhile, adds there are ways to encourage clients to step outside the comfort zone — perhaps funky lighting or surprising accent decor.
"I love how you can add color in small doses for a larger amount of pop," she says.
Because there are always those of us who want to be enveloped in color, take a chance: She used a cobalt blue range in one kitchen and colorful bath cabinets complimented by boldly colorful tiles and wallpaper in maize yellows and blues in another home.
Slifer's Georgopolis has had clients embrace the changing tide of color and jump in with both feet.
"We've done kitchens in a wild color, but the client has be willing to take a risk," Georgopolis says. "It's easier to take risk in a bathroom or a powder room than in the kitchen. When you play it safe you don't get that 'bang.' When they take the risk, the reward is really great."
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