I've always been a color addict, and it used to primarily come through in my clothes. I was a master pattern mixer, never found two colors I couldn't stick together somehow, never met a floral pairing I didn't love. My clothes these days are far more neutral, but my interior design tastes are getting brighter every day. Our house now is mostly white with a few colors splashed throughout (aqua and navy blue in the bedroom, millennial pink & grey in the living room, red and blues in the kitchen), but I've been loving looking at spaces that use color in a big way.
Whether it's through dark saturation, bright injections of light, or strange & unexpected pops of color, here are 36 interiors that aren't afraid to use color for added impact, interest, and memorability.
I love the moody, dark effect of using large swaths of saturated paint. As long as a space gets enough natural light, using dark paint makes everything feel notable and historic, which in turn makes everything in the room have an art gallery-like prominence. The only caveat here is that it seems like dark spaces need to be impeccably maintained - dust will show immediately, and disorder or mess can quickly make the space seem tiny.
Bright pastels used liberally in interiors invite airiness. They feel calm & relaxed, and though pastels in clothing invoke precious-ness, they don't have the same effect in interiors. On the contrary I feel like pastel-heavy rooms invite a bit more messiness and disorganization. Rumpled sheets, a pile of magazines in a corner, or a stray cup of coffee somewhere.
The Delightfully Bizarre
A shot of the unexpected, in high-brow spaces or simple kitchens, goes a long long way. Pairing colors that might not instantly "go" (like the olive green and lavender in the first picture below) is a quick way to create intrigue. A splash of color on cabinets or doors, or a full blown stripe down the middle of a room - these offbeat choices make the rooms completely unique. It seems to work best when other elements in the room are pretty classic.