Friday, February 26, 2010

What's Your Color Quota?

In each of these three homes the amount of colors used would easily have some running for the door.  While others would revel in the vibrant combinations.  I personally do not live with this much color, but have saved each of these fabulous images in my favorites! 

There are elements and combinations that make each one work beautifully, even if this is not your taste.  However, there is a very specific component in these spaces that typically is the main attraction of any  room.  Some of you may detect it right away.   But for many, the joy of taking in all the colors will likely require it to play a secondary role.



Traditional Home-April 2008
Interior designer: Betty Murdock
The colors in this home were inspired by this family's love of the circus!



Better Homes&Gardens-October 2006
Interior design: Kendall Wilkinson
A love of yellow was the starting point for this color scheme.





Southern Living-March 2003
Interior designers: Anita Montgomery&Robert Rentz
A favorite children's book, Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, was the inspiration for this cheerful home.  Including the black demilune foyer table painted with images from the book!

Are you still wondering?  It is the presence of classic architectural details.  Color is actually a great and compatible compliment.  It may seem counter intuitive, but the addition of bold and vibrant colors make these features and details stand out. So if you really crave color, take a cue from these rooms and embrace it!

21 comments:

  1. My previous home was a English style home in Tulsa OK, where color never left the design scene. Lots of color helped soften the dark woods in most of the trim, making the rooms warm and cozy. It was fun to try it out, but now I'm back in TX and the simpler color combinations are calming and cooling. I guess it is not only your personal taste, but the location and architecture that dictates what you end up liking...
    By the way, I'm seeing a lot of colora in the past few days in the blogosphere. I'm thinking the gray days of the belgian look are fading away... Thank God!

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  2. I love strong color, especially when it's balanced with white. Great post! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  3. Oh, if you look at my post you will know I love color. I like the look of subdued rooms to and their serenity, but colors makes me happy!

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  4. How great was that demilune! Just love creative touches like that, really makes a house a home, cliche but true. Such great examples of color done to perfection.

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  5. I think we all have such different personalities. I personally like a neutral background with splashes of color in accessories. I also like to change colors often, so accessories are a good way to do it. Pretty rooms, but too much color for me. Hugs, Marty

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  6. I like a lot of color, but also enjoy the calming effect of a neutral palate. But also, I think it depends on the house, where it is, etc. that determines the amount of color. That being said, I am lightening up!

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  7. Goes to show that traditional architecture doesn't have to mean traditional decor. Although there are enough traditional silhouettes here to keep the furnishings from looking completely out of place. Love all that color and, somehow, having lots of color in my own home seems to calm me.

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  8. When I started reading your intro I knew the "circus" house had to be here. I don't decorate with a lot of bold color....lots of blue, blue/gray, cream. But, I do appreciate it when done well. I particularly like the neutral walls where the color is brought in on the furnishing and soft goods. Just my personal preference, though. I've seen bold color on the walls I like too.

    I went a little out there in my own living room and did a Suzanne Rheinstein Choinoise Print with a Cranberry Silk sofa. It makes me smile in contrast to the rest of the house.

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  9. Color is my life! As a painter I have to have it! I am always looking for new combinations and will do layering to achieve the look I want.
    Karena

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  10. I think I go through phases with color. I used to have a very colorful home, but my home now is filled with soothing neutrals. I'm sure eventually my pendulum will swing the other way, and color will start sneaking in again.

    xo
    Brooke

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  11. lovely rooms, especially the one with the chicago poster. personally would have a hard time living with such bright hues and would no doubt get tired of everything and have to start again!
    debra

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  12. I think what I love most about bold color is its contrast to white moldings-- the more, the better! In our old house, we had a lot of craftsman detailing and I loved all the moldings against my dark gray-blue paint (master bedroom) and red paint (study).

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  13. I favor neutrals but am starting to get to know color and trying to build up my confidence. You have presented some great examples.

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  14. I love them, but would not want to live with them. I have a friend that did her whole home in red, orange and yellow... it is wondeful and feels so fresh and alive, but still, I would fear that I would soon want something more peaceful. However, she put her home on the market and sold it in one day, brought a new home and painted it yellow, orange and red before she moved in...

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  15. I used to like really bright colors but as time goes on I prefer neutrals with a splash of color. Great post!

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  16. You know, I don't like a lot of colour but I do notice that I need little bits of it to perk up my soul. As much as I lust over neutral homes, I probably could not wait to fill them with flowers or at least temporarily colourful things.

    xo Terri

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  17. Such a beautiful idea as our thoughts turn to spring. I am definitely someone who could stand a bit of color in my neutral surroundings. Alas, I'm too fickle to really dedicate any significant portion of my budget to a specific color - but these rooms were inspirational in helping me think of color when choosing accessories.

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  18. I could definitely live in these spaces. They are fresh and fun. Even gives a boost from the winter blues!

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  19. I love the combination of vibrant colors. Especially at this time of the year when it is almost springtime but quite not yet. I would feel alive and cheerful living in any of those spaces!

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  20. Love this colorful post. I could be happy in any of these beautiful rooms.

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  21. I really like this post. I tend to gravitate to the homes with more color, but when it comes to implementing color in my own home, I take a more conservative approach. Think I just need to gain more confidence with color! Great post - I love the first home!

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